Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bruce Ditmas - 1977 - Yellow

Bruce Ditmas  

01. Surprise Hotel 7:59
02. Yellow 4:10
03. L'Unita 5:45
04. Aural Suspension 7:18
05. Soweto 6:18
06. Dr. Mabuse 6:24

Drums, Synthesizer [Mini-Moog], Synthesizer [Arp 2600], Congas, Cuica – Bruce Ditmas
Trumpet – Enrico Rava (tracks: A1)
Voice – Joan La Barbara (tracks: A1, B2)

Recorded Spring and Fall 1976 at Downtown Sound, NYC.

This very obscure album features flipped out musical voyages into a no-mans land between out jazz, loud synth splat and wiggy effects-altered vocalese (courtesy of the legendary Joan La Barbara). I can hear bits of Andrea Centazzo's Elektrikus project and Horacio Vaggione and Eduardo Polonio's collaboration on the It "Viaje" LP

Bruce Ditmas - 1977 - Aeray Dust

Bruce Ditmas 
Aeray Dust

01. Aeray Dust 6:33
02. Side Looking Radar Image 7:15
03. Terminal Velocity 3:54
04. Face To Face To Face 7:10
05. Tactics Of Despair 2:54
06. That's The Way It Is 9:40

Drums, Drum Machine [Moog Drum], Synthesizer [Mini-moog, Arp 2600] – Bruce Ditmas
Trumpet – Enrico Rava
Voice, Percussion – Joan La Barbara

Recorded Oct-Nov. 1977, Downtown Sound, N.Y.C.

Side 1 was done entirely with the Moog Drum
Side 2 was not

Bruce Ditmas is a unique, heavy musician from one of those special tightknit communities that tried (and almost succeeded) to change the face of progressive pop music and jazz via musical technology. Raised in Miami (an unknown incubator for future synthesists), Ditmas carved the image of a teen prodigy playing jazz drums at the most exclusive Miami Beach hotels.

After being whisked off to New York by none other than July Garland he became immersed in free music, recording compositions by Annette Peacock and Carla Bley before setting up house with vocal artist Joan La Barbara (later Mrs. Morton Subotnick) in 1975, who, via her own label, encouraged Ditmas to pursue his very specific experiments in heavy electronic rhythms. Created using a Mininoog (donated byGil "Hendrix" Evans), an ARP 2600, and a wide range of treated percussive instruments that littered this enfant terrible's bedroom floor throughout the 1970s.

Meet your new favorite drummer, and the best Moog drum record in your whole collection.

Steve Marcus + J. Inagaki & Soul Media - 1971 - Something

Steve Marcus + J. Inagaki & Soul Media 

01. Something 6:50
02. Fairy Rings 9:49
03. Serenity 11:44

Steve Marcus: Sax
Jiro Inagaki: Sax
Ryo Kawasaki: guitar
Masahiko Satoh: Piano, Keyboards
Yasuo Arakawa: Bass
Kiyoshi Tanaka: Drums
Hajime Ishimatsu: Drums

In January 1971, Denon used the NHK recorder to produce the first digitally recorded commercial release; a jazz recording by Steve Marcus called Something (1971, Nippon Columbia, NCB-7003) (Fine: 2008, 3).11 In 1972, Denon demonstrated the DN-023R, an eight-channel recorder operating at a sampling rate of 47.25 kHz and 13-bit resolution.
Amazing sound for a digital recording from 1971!

A lot of people have requested this one and it took a while to find at an affordable price... But here it is. I Love Inagaki, and I love Marcus, So I am not even going to attempt to write a review.. this shit is bliss people... download the stuff and enjoy it!