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I remember hearing Michael Brecker talking about an era/scene that centered around a loft complex with people like Brecker, Liebman, Grossman, Marc Johnson, et al lived and jammed constantly. Brecker was saying that Liebman has a closet full of those tapes. Does anyone know if they've "leaked" or are accessible in any way? I'd love to hear how those three sounded back then, and I'm sure the music was highly creative.
 

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I guess he's talking about the 70s New York loft jazz scene? Sam Rivers had Studio Rivbea and Rashied Ali had a place called Ali's Alley, and there were probably tons of even more informal places like you mention. The trove of released material I'm aware of was originally on 5 LPs on Douglass, then was reissued on 3 CDs by Knitting Factory Classics: Wildflowers: The New York Loft Jazz Sessions

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-lis...?ie=UTF8&condition=used&qid=1540672427&sr=1-1
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Wildflowers-The-New-York-Loft-Jazz-Sessions-Complete/release/2149304

I don't think any of the artists you mention are on it though, it was mostly the Black free jazz players: Rivers, Cecil McBee, Sunny Murray, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Braxton, etc.
 

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I guess he's talking about the 70s New York loft jazz scene? Sam Rivers had Studio Rivbea and Rashied Ali had a place called Ali's Alley, and there were probably tons of even more informal places like you mention. The trove of released material I'm aware of was originally on 5 LPs on Douglass, then was reissued on 3 CDs by Knitting Factory Classics: Wildflowers: The New York Loft Jazz Sessions

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-lis...?ie=UTF8&condition=used&qid=1540672427&sr=1-1
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Wildflowers-The-New-York-Loft-Jazz-Sessions-Complete/release/2149304

I don't think any of the artists you mention are on it though, it was mostly the Black free jazz players: Rivers, Cecil McBee, Sunny Murray, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Braxton, etc.
I'm aware of that scene, the one Brecker was describing was distinctly different and took place in the building they live in.
 

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I could be spreading misinformation here, but I think I saw an interview with Liebman where he says some of these sessions included John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette (of the great "lost quintet" of Miles)
 
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