All of ESP's In-Print Jazz Vinyl
Starting on Cyber Monday and lasting until the end of this year, a vinyl special: 12 jazz LPs, $256.86 if purchased separately, just $200.00 (plus shipping) if purchased together. Five Albert Ayler albums, a new one by Talibam!, and classics by Pharoah Sanders, Patty Waters, Paul Bley, Paul Dunmall & Chris Corsano, Last Exit, and Tiger Hatchery.
ESP1002LP Albert Ayler: Spiritual Unity
This is where ESP’s championing of “The New Thing” started. An iconic album, Spiritual Unity, recorded on July 10, 1964, is the album that made Albert Ayler and ESP-Disk' famous. "If you haven't heard this record, you've missed out on one of the most profound artistic statements of the 20th century." - All About Jazz
ESP1003LP Pharoah Sanders Quintet: s/t
Also released under the title Pharoah’s First, because it’s his first album. Already the inside-outside approach of most of his discography is in place on this 1964 recording. For this edition of the LP we chose to use the far-out art of the second cover.
ESP1010EP Albert Ayler: Bells/Vibrations
Another iconic Ayler title. "Bells" so excited us after it was recorded in concert at Town Hall (NYC) on May 1, 1965, that it was released on one side of an LP without delaying to record additional music to fill the other side. Now for the first time we’ve added put the rare track “Vibrations” on the B side.
ESP1016LP Ayler/Cherry/etc.: New York Eye and Ear Control
With Don Cherry, John Tchicai, and Roswell Rudd joining Ayler’s trio, this may be his best group. "Of the records Ayler made during 1964, [this]…is probably the most important link between the epoch-making collective improvisation Free Jazz by the Ornette Coleman double quartet, and John Coltrane's Ascension. ...one of Ayler's very best recordings." – Free Jazz by Ekkehard Jost
ESP1020LP Albert Ayler: Spirits Rejoice
Albert added his brother Donald on trumpet and Charles Tyler on sax to make his most densely powerful album, with the collective improvisation of the earliest jazz jetted into modernity. "...filled with so much god-awful beauty and spiritual intensity that every majestic note contained therein cuts deep into the dark places of your soul and leaves you with nothing more than the promise of sweet deliverance..." – TinyMixTapes.com
ESP1021LP Paul Bley Trio: Closer
Closer features the distinctive pianism we've come to associate with Bley in one of its earliest recorded manifestations. The other players are fellow Jimmy Giuffre 3 member Steve Swallow and, in his recording debut, Altschul. "...a wonderful, poetic anomaly. In an era where velocity and raw story-telling were required currency, Closer had a lyrical, Haiku-like simplicity..." – Matt Fleeger, The New Thing, KMHD-FM
ESP1055LP Patty Waters: College Tour
Patty Waters is internationally recognized as one of the first major avant-garde vocalists, cited as an influence by Yoko Ono, Diamanda Galas, and Patti Smith. Backed in concert by Ran Blake, Burton Greene, Dave Burrell, Giuseppi Logan, and more, Ms. Waters expands upon the vocal acrobatics that were heard on her ESP-Disk' debut. "...one of the best fucking singers alive." – Nick Tosches in Rolling Stone
ESP3030LP Albert Ayler: Prophecy
Three weeks before Ayler, Peacock, and Murray recorded ESP-Disk's first jazz album, the epochal Spiritual Unity, they were captured "live" by Canadian poet Paul Haines (who also recorded New York Eye and Ear Control). 4-1/2 stars – All Music Guide
ESP4058LP Paul Dunmall & Chris Corsano: Identical Sunsets
While on Björk's Volta tour, drummer Chris Corsano carved out time to play with saxophone giant Paul Dunmall (who has worked with jazz greats including Alice Coltrane and Evan Parker as well as funk and folk acts like Johnny Guitar Watson and Dando Shaft) at Slak Bar in Cheltenham, England. This wonderfully recorded live set begins with Dunmall swirling away on the border pipes (he may be the preeminent improvisor using bagpipes). What follows is an impulsive and lyrical improvisation, alternatingly sparse and impossibly textured.
ESP4075 Last Exit: Iron Path
All-star quartet Last Exit (Sonny Sharrock, guitar; Peter Brötzmann, saxophone; Bill Laswell, bass; Ronald Shannon Jackson, drums) garnered its reputation with a string of unrelentingly forceful concert recordings in which it pushed the energy style of free jazz to its limits. When the group went into the studio for the only time, though, a very different sort of album emerged. Iron Path was so far ahead of its time that only now, over a quarter of a century later, is there an audience prepared for this album's pioneering hybrid of abstract heavy metal, unsettling ambient music, and free improvisation.
ESP5003LP Tiger Hatchery: Sun Worship
Chicago power-jazz trio Tiger Hatchery proudly comes out of the ESP-Disk' free jazz tradition, as saxophonist Mike Forbes's playing makes clear, but there's an added noise-rock edge, especially in Ben Billington's aggressive drumming, that keeps the sound modern.
ESP5015LP Talibam!/Matt Nelson/Ron Stabinsky: HARD VIBE
HARD VIBE transforms aspects of rhythm changes into a disciplined sequence of minor key modulations to create a rigorous Hard Vibe obstacle course for the soloists over a tight melodic/rhythmic grid. Inspired by Herbie Hancock's '70s cosmic music, long-form repetitive works such as Miles Davis's On the Corner, Charlie Parker's "Salt Peanuts," Tenor Sax endurance soloists, Albert Ayler's New Grass, the legendary organ brutality of Larry Young, and the NYC Avant-Garde Rock Minimalism of Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca, Hard Vibe maintains an infectious pulse with virtuosic structural jazz improvisation.