This is what I wrote about the original issue of the flute concertos:
I can only confirm what others before me have written: This must surely be one of the finest Vivaldi recordings of all time! Both the playing and the recording technique (it sounds suspiciously as though Harmonia Mundi was still using analogue equipment in 1987 because there is some slight "pre-echoing" to be heard) are absolutely magnificent. In particular, Janet See's delightful and highly musical formation of the flute solo lines on her mellow, woody baroque instrument is a treat for the ears, but it shouldn't prevent one from enjoying the full-blooded, energetic orchestral sound that Nicholas McGegan coaxes from his West Coast original instrument orchestra as though this music had been written specially for them. Incidentally, all the pieces here were written by Vivaldi with the transverse flute in mind, and I found it particularly pleasant to hear them played as they were intended on not on some form of recorder .(The "birdsong" Gardellino concerto does actually exist in another version for recorder.) Full marks to all involved here: I am writing 19 years after the recording was made, but I have yet to discover a disc of this material that could outdo the San Francisco offering.
This was one of altoist Marion Brown's best recordings. Although a very adventurous improviser, Brown usually brought lyricism and a thoughtful (if unpredictable) approach to his music. Accompanied by bassist Maarten van Regteben Altena and drummer Han Bennink for this stimulating session (recorded in Holland), Brown stretches out on five of his compositions and is heard at the peak of his creative powers.
Keiji Haino just can’t stop pouring music out of himself: on this occasion the sonic flow erupted in the presence of Jozef Dumoulin and Teun Verbruggen, two Belgian musicians on a tour of Japan. The Miracles Of Only One Thing is a strong meeting of minds, with the trio working themselves into some deep and tasty territory.
A strangely wonderful album from Marion Brown – quite different from his other work on Impulse, with a mellow electric edge that gives it a warm and laidback feel! The approach here is much more soulful than before – with finely crafted tunes that weave Brown's work on alto with electric piano by Anthony Davis and Stanley Cowell, percussion by Ed Blackwell and Jimmy Hopps, and bass by Reggie Workman. If you're expecting the angrier Brown from earlier years, you'll be disappointed – but if you're ready to hear a Brown that's gently crafting mellow lines in a soulful setting, then you're in for a treat. Tracks include Cowell's "Maimoun", Stevie Wonder's "Visions", Brown's "Vista", "Moment of Truth", "Bismillah Rrahimani Rrahim", and "Djinji".