Album: Barney Wilen and His AFRB, Dear Prof Leary (MPS)

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Completely mad 1968 European free-jazz/acid rock mash-up, with French saxophonist Wilen (he played with Miles Davis) leading a double trio – one jazz, one rock – with Joachim Kuhn on keyboards and Aldo Romano on drums among the musicians.

The tunes include "Ode to Billie Joe", "Respect" and the brilliant opener of the Beatles' "The Fool on the Hill". So of its time that unintentionally comic or tedious moments abound, it's still worth hearing. The beautifully presented reissue series also features Dave Pike and John Tchicai.