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 This inspired Nurse With Wound, which, as an illustration, gives us here a new piece of unpublished music.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.
In Western Australia, musician Ross Bolleter collects ruined pianos that he parks into open cemeteries and from which he draws his inspiration for his compositions. In this publication, Bolleter explains his musical practice and tells the unique story of these ruined pianos scattered in the heart of the Australian territory.
Billy and her sister Betty live in a futuristic American suburban society obsessed with sex. A series of “disturbing” events will change their lives into a grotesque comic novel… Published in 1968 by Grove Press, Billy & Betty is a biting satire of the American way of life, somewhere between Burgess, Calaferte or the Monty Pythons, and a cult object that inspired Nurse with Wound.
The words of Guillaume Belhomme inspired American musician Daniel Menche to create a 20-minute composition (mastered by Andrew Liles) which recalls the atmosphere of the French writer's text: a train on the move, a glass, the color of blood...