There was a time when free jazz fans could expect to wait at least five years between reissues of sought-after recordings of cult artists like the underappreciated Philly saxophonist Byard Lancaster, but that was before U.S. indie jazz became a hot commodity in the collector realm.
So just a few short months after Porter Records rolled out their excellent repackaging of the Byard Lancaster Unit's Live At Macalester College set from 1971 (with two lengthy tracks from 73 tacked on as a bonus), the Dutch Kindred Spirits label has just put out a limited 7-inch run of Lancaster's unusually bumpin' Us single (check out Steve McCall's sick beats) that originally appeared on Jef Gilson's Palm label. Awesome. There's more amazing avant-garde jazz available from Porter at porterrecords.com.
War World (Byard Lancaster)
World In Me (Byard Lancaster)
There must've been something in the water in Zambia's mineral-rich Katango region - besides chemical byproducts of the mining industry - that resulted in so many great psych bands coming out of the so-called Copperbelt in the early 70s. Following Shadoks' reissues of the Lazy Bones!!! album by WITCH (We Intend To Cause Havoc) and the Africa album by Amanaz, the Groovie label has just put out the fantastic Black Power album by the Peace, while Hummingbird is recirculating the equally dope My Ancestors recording by Chrissy Zebby Tembo.
Coffin Maker (Chrissy Zebby Tembo)
Oh Yeh Yeh (Chrissy Zebby Tembo)
Under the direction of Edward Khuzwayo, the Ndola-based Peace cut the obscure Zam rock classic Black Power
at Malachite Film Studios in Chingola, apparently using the Velvet Underground's Loaded as a blueprint for their fuzzy, funky getdowns. They must've left their copy of the Velvets' LP at the studio, because the Chingola-born Tembo and his Ngozi Family band pick up the head-nodding groove where the Peace left off.
Audiophiles won't be impressed with either of these lo-fi recordings transfered from rinked vinyl sources, but anyone who dug the Africa volume of the Love, Peace & Poetry series will be delighted.
This Is The Time Now (The Peace)
Last week, Greg Jarvis was wondering whether he should get a ticket to see My Bloody Valentine's overdue Toronto return when Kevin Shields called to ask if Jarvis's band Flowers of Hell was available to open the show set for the Kool Haus tonight (Thursday, September 25). Evidently, Shields caught a Flowers of Hell show in London and was just as impressed with the trans-Atlantic space rock orchestra as Will Carruthers of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized fame, who joined them for a limited split 3-inch CD release for the Awkward Silence label.
Carruthers not only contributes an homage to his second-favourite DJ, Davy Love's Locker, but he also plays bass on the Flowers' dreamy epic Opus 66 (Parts 1-4), the full version of which will appear on the group's new album, Come Hell Or High Water, due in January. You'll get a preview at the Kool Haus. myspace.com/flowersofhell.