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Bill Dixon – Bennington and Beyond: a boxed set cherry-picking Dixon’s work with his own ensembles and student-participatory groups from the early 1970s through the 1990s. It’d also be great for the Dixon/Taylor duo recordings to see the light of day, because they’re incredible.
Bengt “Frippe” Nordström – The Complete Bird Notes Recordings: a boxed set reissuing all of the Swedish saxophonist’s small-run LPs and singles for his Bird Notes label, 1962-1970. Solos, duos with Don Cherry, and all manner of small groups as well as the practice recordings made as he blew over Miles Davis LPs and the like. Some of these were issued in fewer than five copies, and haven’t been heard by anybody other than this guy.
Manfred Schoof Quintet and the John Surman Trio – two of the most visible European jazz groups on the festival/recording circuit in the late ‘60s (Schoof) and early ‘70s (Surman) deserve comprehensive reissue programs.
Stephen Haynes – more from the Parrhesia group (with Joe Morris and Warren Smith), or any of the Real Art Ways ensembles he’s been putting together. I can live vicariously through Facebook posts, but hopefully someone will step in soon with studio time and a release budget to make these things happen. Along with Morris and Smith, he’s done some great-looking performances with Tyshawn Sorey, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Chris Critella.
Ingrid Laubrock & Anthony Braxton duets – I saw them perform together in 2011 as part of the Tri-Centric festival in New York, and they work really well as a pairing of horns. It seems like just a matter of time.
Mary Halvorson guitar soli LP (because I Never Meta Guitar just whet the appetite).
Names we just don’t hear enough of, for a start: Rozanne Levine, Kirk Knuffke, Nobu Stowe, Ted Daniel, John Blum.
We can always hear more from: Nate Wooley, Joe Morris, Weasel Walter, Alexander Hawkins, Darius Jones and many others.