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We start with the second disk from the Peter Brötzmann Die Like a Dog quartet Titled "Little Birds Have Fast Hearts"(FMP), a great follow up to the first D. L. a D. disk. Brötzmann can also be heard on Thomas Borgmann's "Stalker Songs" on CIMP (see CIMP ad this issue). The great Cecil Taylor has released a solo disk on FMP called "The Tree of Life" as well as a quartet disk "Qu'a" on the Cadence label. Rounding out FMP's latest batch of disks is a solo Phil Minton recording "A Doughnut in One Hand" and a double CD of conductions by Butch Morris "Berlin Skyscraper".

A little closer to home finds Ken Vandermark with a recent Wire article and a slew of new releases. Two disks with Mats Gustafsson's AALY Trio, the first on Silkheart "Hidden in the Stomach" (a studio recording) the second on Wobbly Rail "Stumble"(recorded live at the Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple) . Both are wonderful meetings from these two like minded artists. Ken is also on the Joe Morris trio disk on Knitting Factory. "Like Rays". Chicago's Atavistic records has released the NRG Ensemble's "Bejazzo gets a Facelift" as well as the Vandermark 5's "Target or Flag". Vandermark's DK3 also has a new one on 1/4 Stick, called "Neurons".

Steve Lacy released two solo projects in the last few months, the first on the fiery Wobbly Rail label called "Solo"(also recorded at the Unity Temple) and the second on Tzadik called "Sands". Norway's Frode Gjersted (tenor) has also released two new titles, "Through the Woods" on CIMP (with the criminally under recorded Bobby Bradford) and "Remember to Forget" on Circulasione Totale with one of the great modern rhythm sections of Hamid Drake, drums & William Parker, bass (these 2 can also be heard together on the Brötzmann "Little Birds..." cd).

And finally for you 33 1/3 junkies we have gotten a number of ESP disk titles on 180 gram vinyl, from Albert Ayler; "Bells", "Spirits Rejoice" & "Spiritual Unity", from Sun Ra "Heliocentric Worlds Volumes 1 & 2" and "Nothing Is", plus Ornette Coleman's "Town Hall Concert". After a long absence we have gotten Paul Lovens' Po Torch Records back in stock, including a couple great Evan Parker titles "The Ericle of Dolphi" and "Das Hohe Lied" (with the Schlippenbach quartet) both double LPs, Günter Christmann & Paul Lovens duo "In Actu" and a wonderful EP by the Quartet Moderne "The Strange and the Commonplace".

Bruno Johnson

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