By Jason Weiss
In 1964, Bernard Stollman introduced the self sufficient checklist label ESP-Disk’ in ny urban to record the loose jazz flow there. A bare-bones company, ESP was once within the correct position on the correct time, generating albums by way of artists like Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders, and sunlight Ra, in addition to folk-rock bands just like the Fugs and Pearls prior to Swine. however the label quick bumped into problems and, as a result of politically subversive nature of a few productions and sloppy company practices, it folded in 1974. Always in Trouble tells the tale of ESP-Disk’ via a large number of voices—first Stollman’s, as he recounts the inconceivable lifetime of the label, after which the voices of some of the artists concerned.
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There wasn’t a lot of money involved. They knew they were highly unlikely to sell thousands of LPs. No one imagined t hat it would be commercially viable. 26 wh a t g o t i n t o h is h e a d They didn’t look at it that way, of course, because their art was very important to t hem. I kne w f rom t he inception t hat it mig ht be a generation before this music would be accepted. I couldn’t give them the promotion that a major label could. I didn’t have the staἀ ng, the resources, or the expertise to do a p roper job.
He had a b lack beard, with a li ttle patch of white in i t. He was no t introduced and, ignoring the trio, he began to blow his horn. The other musicians stopped and looked at him. No words were exchanged. Elmo Hope quietly c losed his p iano, t he bass p layer pa rked his bass, t he dr ummer p ut his sticks down, and they all s at back to listen. He was p laying solo, and he k ept right on playing for twenty to thirty minutes, just a burst of music. It seemed like a second; it was no time at all!
The Czechs were enjoying their “false spring,” a brief period of freedom from the Russians. They were intoxicated by it, and they st aged t he gala t hat y ear. M arta K ubisová, t he most p opular sin ger in Czechoslovakia, sang to celebrate freedom! It was thrilling. ” On a hunch, I flew to Prague! It was late January, and Prague was dark, cold, and damp, and they burned soft coal, so a soft rain of soot fell. I visited their oἀ cial record label, Supraphon, where they played me K arel Gott and other artists.