If there’s one thing to wake me from my self-imposed Tumblr exile, it’s these incredible Bibliotheque Exotique compilations courtesy of Flash Strap. Each volume is meticulously curated and positively loaded with variations on a theme (Vol. 1: Exotic Classics, Vol. 2: Deep African Native Spirituals, Vol. 3: “Orientalism”, Vol. 4: Raw, Savage Voodoo). To call these world-music or ethnic comps is to sorely under-rate them. These are simply the wildest, most thrilling and lovingly sequenced collections I’ve heard in ages. And they’re all gratis.
I was doing a little research on off-brand electric pianos and ran across this gem. Here’s the backstory:
“Firstman (AKA Hillwood, sometimes imported as Multivox) made mostly low end stuff that was sometimes a knockoff of Roland designs. They were never really successful, but made a few really odd products.
The funny thing is that the founder enlisted his teenage daughter to front a band that exclusively used their products.”
The 1969 quintet (Shorter, Corea, Holland and DeJohnette) was the axis on which Miles career would turn. Sure, the ‘70-‘72 groups were funkier and the gigantic ‘73-‘75 ensembles took abstraction to its limits, but the ‘69 quintet was the first and only to so delicately balance groove and chaos. A new Bootleg Series release captures the band on its July European leg, but this semi-official live album presents two sets from the quintet in late June at the Blue Coronet Club in New York City (entertaining nightclub chatter intact). What’s more, set two features only the second known live recording of the Bitches Brew centerpiece “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down.” Oh my.