Sophisticated Giant presents the life and legacy of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923–1990), one of the major innovators of modern jazz. In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon has completed the book that her late husband began, weaving his "solo" turns with her voice and a chorus of voices from past and present.
In Un homme sensible, Octave Mirbeau tells the story of a murderer who, in the name of world harmony, is determined to rid the world of "all organisms unfit for a strong and harmonious life". This inspired Nurse With Wound, which, as an illustration, gives us here a new piece of unpublished music.
Charles Pennequin is an unconventional poet who tells us here the sidereal aggression of a Martian who has not yet cut the cord. On the CD contained in the book, he interprets his text three times: twice in the company of the guitarist Jean-François Pauvros, and another time alone, but with a megaphone.
A story of love and drunkenness with Venus in Zurich's forest, by German writer Oskar Panizza. This edition comes with a musical piece and illustrations by experimental intermedia duo My Cat Is An Alien.
Kurt Schwitters' Merz Manifesto; AMM by David Grubbs; Daunik Lazro's discography reviewed by Luc Bouquet and... Daunik Lazro; interviews with Anna Tjan from the label Dancing Wayang and Dave Phillips; on Lonely Woman by Ornette Coleman. Plus: some sixty book and record reviews.