Nice introduction to the work (and collaborations) of reed man Gary Window, proving his versatility in various genres, some of them not for the faint-hearted ;-) Anyway, as a big Robert Wyatt-fan I chose the quite accessible "Is This the Time?" as favorite...
Favorite track: Is This The Time?.
from WIKIPEDIA [with small corrections added by Pam Windo]:
"Gary Windo (November 7, 1941, Brighton, England – July 25, 1992, New York City) was a jazz tenor saxophonist.
He came from a musical family in England. By age six he took up drums and accordion, then guitar at twelve and saxophone at seventeen. He lived in the United States during the 1960s but returned to England in 1969 when he married Pam Windo.
In the early 1970s, his career grew as he worked with Carla Bley, Brotherhood of Breath, Centipede, Matching Mole, The Running Man, and Nick Mason.
Sonny Stitt heard Windo play at the Berlin Jazz Festival and asked him to join the band, which he declined. He worked outside jazz, with the Gary Windo Quartet with Steve Swallow, the Psychedelic Furs, Robert Wyatt, and NRBQ. He taught music lessons with his friend Eric Peralli.
Windo could play any reed instrument, including soprano sax and bass clarinet. His time in America exposed him to all types of jazz, and he was at home in any idiom. He used harmonics often and could split a note into its components using his prodigious technique and a metal mouthpiece with a wide lay and a hard reed. He suffered from asthma and died of an asthma attack in 1992."
Gary 1st came to prominence in the early 70's, via his work with Canterbury progressive musicans as well as his free jazz work. His style on tenor sax & bass clarinet was very much his own & immediately identifiable.
This retrospective look back on the work of this late sax giant, annotated & curated by Mike King ("Wrong Movements") contains well over an hour of unreleased material from 1971-84, including duets with Carla Bley, an outtake from Hugh Hopper's "1984", tracks from his own, unreleased "Steam Radio Tapes" lp [featuring Hugh, Steve Hillage, Bill MacCormick, Nick Mason, Julie Tippetts, & many others], "rock-a-bop-a-metaldelic" versions of Albert Ayler & the Psychedelic Furs & much, much more.
Also included is a 24 page chronology of his life and activities, full credits and musician's comments.
This was the first release of many that Cuneiform released that we worked on with the late, great music historian and archivist Mike King. He put together an amazing set of rare and unreleased materials here.
2. Minipax I
GW: tenor, Lol Coxhill: soprano; Nick Evans, Malcolm Griffiths: trombone; Pye Hastings: guitar; Hugh Hopper: bass; John Marshall: drums
BROTHERHOOD OF BREATH
3. Funky Boots March
GW, Evan Parker: tenors; Dudu Pukwana: alto; Mongezi Feza, Harry Beckett, Marc Charig: trumpets; Nick Evans, Radu Malfatti: trombones; Chris McGregor: piano; Harry Miller: bass; Louis Moholo: drums
BADEN-BADEN WORKSHOP BAND
5. You Ain't Gonna Know Me, 'Cause You Think You Know Me
GW: tenor; Urs Leimgruber: sax; Mike Mantler: trumpet; Roswell Rudd, Albert Manglesdorf: trombones; Bob Stewart: tuba; Carla Bley: piano, Wolfgang Dauner: synthesizer; Cristy Doran: guitar; Hugh Hopper, Bo Stief: basses; Aldo Romano, Edward Vesala: drums
GARY WINDO'S STEAM RADIO TAPES
6. Watch Out For The Bones
7. Letting Go
8. Is This The Time?
GARY WINDO / CARLA BLEY
10. Baby Fatele
GW: tenor, flute, hand drum; Carla Bley: piano
GARY WINDO QUARTET
13. The Sun And The Moon
14. Radio Improved
GW: tenor, bass clarinet, flute, vocal; Pam Windo: piano; Steve Swallow: bass; D. Sharpe: drums
GARY WINDO ORCHESTRA
15. Dumb Waiter
GW: tenor; Knox Chandler: guitar; Jack Robinson: bass; Steve Moses: drums
GW: tenor; Ann Sheldon: cello; Knox Chandler: guitar; Jack Robinson: bass; Steve Moses: drums
supported by 22 fans who also own “His Master's Bones”
now i must admit that i collect hendrix covers. his material is SO strong that there are a great many, and very few really bad ones. this is one of the best ever. these tracks are hot and strange and beautiful and strong, yet faithful in a very colorful way. magical workings! CH