3.13.2009

Art Jackson's Atrocity

Gout (1974)
Unreleased Miles Davis Proteges

From The Boat's May, 07 Archives
Back by... uh, popular demand. This is the story of one of the great lost
experimental jazz/rock albums. According to legend, Gout was bankrolled by Miles Davis in 1974, delivered to Columbia Records and pressed for promotion... then summarily abandoned by the label. Reasons, besides its lack of commercial potential, are unclear. Though theories range from guitarist Art Jackson's already developed heroin addiction to Columbia's desire to distance themselves from a band that may have included a few radical Black Panthers. Reportedly, when Miles (with his own drug problems) began withdrawing into seclusion, so did the desire to release Gout. Specializing in free form, live-in-the-studio, jazz/rock experimentation, The Atrocity was a chaotic, 8 to 11 piece collective fronted by the 20 year old Jackson - whose guitar explorations were prone to both violent outbursts and spacey sonic excursions. No charts, no songs, no rhyme or reason. Driven by extra heavy propulsion drumming, the musical interplay between the players suggests a drug fueled free for all. A long lost curio ripped from a vinyl promo... and the subject of much speculation. Links in Comments


Shaft In Afghanistan (7:39)
Arabian Fabian (8:59)
Available Bush (7:11)
Tomato Reign (16:20)
Gout (6:22)

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

From the description, I thought this would be farther out than On the Corner and harder to penetrate than Derek Bailey. But it turns out this is a very solid release of very hip music. I love it. I would not characterize this as chaotic! It's out there but in a really good way!

Thanks for this. Any idea who else plays on this?

Jay Mucci said...

Holy shit!! This album is an f***ing monster!! I've never heard of the album or Art Jackson, or even knew that Miles Davis was connected to any of this, until just this morning when I saw it posted here.
I just got finished listening to it. Wow! Maybe it's just me, but this has to be one of the wildest, most intense, mind-blowing fusion albums ever recorded. And to think it was never officially released is even more mind-blowing...and tragic. This album sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday. And it should be released NOW!
Thanks for another great find. Can't wait to see what you post next...

Anonymous said...

more rare booty from the boat!

Anonymous said...

wow ,i am eager to listen this one thanks !!!

boboquisp said...

Thanks for greatly expanding my mind...great stuff! bbq

Miles said...

willard...

you never fail to amaze me!

Loren said...

What a week of shares! I Listened to Shaft in Afghanistan in MOG and it is pretty close to what Miles was doing in that period, particularly Agharta, and seems pretty straightforward to me, but maybe I've been on this boat with Willard too long.

Not only Art JAckson, but the Steve Albini produced Cheap Trick, more Dylan, Prince and more. Wow, spring must be here, because the flowers are certainly in bloom. Thanks for the great shares.

Willard said...

Many thanks for all the comments. It's nice to know folks are reading.

sleepmonk said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful find.

Thad said...

You know, the recording does seem pretty clean/bright (drums especially) for a mid-70s release. It kind of sounds like one of Ronald Shannon Jackson's projects. Subterfuge afoot... but a really nice one, at that.

Thad said...

And here you go:

http://www.headheritage.co.uk/headtohead/unsung/topic/46243/flat/

bobhowe said...

I am 56, grew up through the late 60s early seventies colecting music and into hi fi and the production values for me in this recording are all wrong for 1974. The drums are far too clean and punchy if you compare them to other major labelfusion releases at this time. The electronics also sound far too modern for that period of mini moog and bendy pitch wheel keybords. This is far similar to a contemporary band like Mushroom which sometimes features Eddie Gale than a lost period classic. Like the fake krautrock psi fi releases Golem, Cosmic Corridor etc and the reprocessed Martin Weaver Dark offshoots they're a guilty pleasure but not authentic in my opinion

Jon-A said...

Jeepers, people - is this really so complicated? Look at the column to your right and scroll down until you get to the numerous Henry Kaiser posts. Notice that he even has a band called 'Yo Miles!' Care to speculate about what some of their studio jams might sound like?

buzz said...

Definitely a hoax. Drums are a definite giveaway, and a genius friend of mine heard 5-string bass right off, which makes it highly unlikely. All the playing is too modern sounding.

Red Neckerson said...

Just found your blog and really loving it ! thanks!

Willard said...

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buzzbabyjesus said...

Last year I almost made the comment that "Gout" sounded an awful lot like a Bill Laswell/Axiom production. I just made an oddball fusion playlist and heard "Shaft In Afghanistan" shuffled next to a tune from his 1997 "Arcana" album. Before it was an impression, now I'd bet money on it.

buzzbabyjesus said...

That would make Art Jackson either Buckethead, or Nicky Skopelitis.
I'm just sayin'.

Michael said...

So, Willard, is the world yet ready for the backstory behind this interesting but obfuscated music? Every now and then (we would be in a now phase now) my curiousity perks up and wonders :)