Friday, March 16, 2012

A Loud Minority: Deep Spiritual Jazz From Mainstream Records 1970 -1973

01. Frank Foster - The Loud Minority
02. Blue Mitchell - Mi Hermano 
03. Harold Land - Up & Down 
04. Hadley Caliman - Watercress 
05. Buddy Terry - Kamili 
06. Harold Land - Ode To Angela 
07. Roy Haynes - Senyah 
08. Charles McPherson - Charisma 
09. Mike Longo - Matrix 
10. Johnny Coles - Petits Machins 
11. Frank Foster - EW Beautiful People 
12. Hadley Caliman - Little One

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Jim Pepper - Comin' And Goin' (1984)

Of the limited discography offered to us by Jim Pepper, this is his finest contemporary recording, done with the pianist Kenny Werner's trio and several special guests, including John Scofield and Don Cherry. A fine representation of this Native American's work especially as a collaborator, check out the vibrant "Lakota Song," the title track, and especially "Malinyea" in tandem with pocket trumpeter Don Cherry. A reflection of his time in Woodstock at the Creative Music Studio, Pepper creates world jazz fusion with a twist relating to his heritage, something that perhaps nobody else has done, or is capable of. Of course his magnum opus "Witchi-Tai-To" is included in this inspired and inspirational set, which is highly recommended.

01 Witchi-Tai-To
02 Ya Na Ho
03 Squaw Song
04 Goin' Down to Muskogee
05 Comin' and Goin'
06 Lakota Song
07 Water
08 Custer Gets It
09 Malinyea

Monday, January 2, 2012

Concerning Dead Links and Re-ups....

many of the rapidshare links are going down, because i don't have an account with them anymore. if any of you would like me to re-up anything, just leave me a comment, and i'll try to get to it ASAP!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

1964 The Hilversum Session - Albert Ayler

The Hilversum Session by Albert Ayler is one of those legendary recordings in free jazz. It was recorded in a Netherlands radio studio in front of a small invited audience, at the end of the Ayler Quartet's European tour on November 9, 1964. The band -- Ayler, Don Cherry, Gary Peacock, and Sunny Murray -- had been playing Ayler's tunes for months and were uncanny in their ability to hear one another and improvise together at that point. It was also the last time the group would record together under Ayler's name as a quartet, and they went out at a peak. The recording itself remained unissued until 1980 when it appeared on an LP on …(amg)

01 Angels
02 C.A.C
03 Ghosts
04 Infant Happiness
05 Spirits
06 No Name

ok, so it's been awhile, whaddya gonna do, sue me? (please don't)


Friday, May 6, 2011

Ernie Watts - Planet Love (1969)

Ernie Watts' first record. Sounds alot like Coltrane in places on this one. Good record not yet available on CD. Check It Out!

01 Going Home
02 Knowing When To Leave
03 Black Is Beautiful
04 Wichita Lineman
05 Boo
06 Planet Love
07 Fourth Dynasty

• Ernie Watts - Alto & Tenor
• Clarence McDonald - Piano
• Stanley Gilbert - Bass
• Robert Morin - Drums

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Billy Bang - Changing Seasons

01 Summer nights (with crickets)
02 Playful Spring - I the Brass Bow
03 Aduwa in Autumn
04 Winter Rains

Saturday, April 23, 2011


01. Yo! Ho Chi Minh Is In The House 12:00
02. Tunnel Rat 9:06
03. Moments For KIA-MIA 11:34 )
04. Fire In The Hole :48
05. Saigon Phunk 9:19
06. Band Introduction 1:32
07. Bien Hoa Blues 9:30

Billy Bang - violin
Frank Lowe - tenor saxophone
James Zollar - trumpet
John Hicks - piano
Curtis Lundy - bass
Michael Carvin - drums

Friday, April 15, 2011

Billy Bang Quartet - Valve No.10 (1993)

Billy Bang (born William Vincent Walker; September 20, 1947 – April 11, 2011) was an American free jazz violinist and composer.

1. P.M.
2. Valve No.10
3. September 23rd
4. Improvisation For Four
5. Bien-Hoa Blues
6. Holiday For Flowers
7. Lonnie's Lament

Another great, forgotten jazz session, now nearly impossible to find. In 1988, Billy Bang traveled to Italy on the eve of a new European tour with his current quartet, laying down seven tracks for an album which would serve as a shadow tribute album to John Coltrane. A slow, dirge-like rendition of Coltrane's "Lonnie's Lament" closes out the record, while "September 23rd" (Coltrane's birth date) is a spoken poem weaving the titles of numerous Coltrane songs around a few musical quotes. Truth be known, this is the least compelling track on the album, but it's far from awful. Bang has a fierce attack on violin, so much so in fact that he might be more properly considered a "fiddle" player. He's a gifted musician, and yet there's also a wonderful backwoods quality to his sound. Frank Lowe, recently deceased, offers a compellingly original style on tenor saxophone, unmistakeably "new," yet also deeply connected to the past, especially old pre-bop masters like Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. His smooth, thoughtful tone is a wonderful contrast to Bang's nimble scratch. Bassist Sirone is an unjustly forgotten, musical player, and Dennis Charles' drumming is a casebook study of jazz interaction. Memorable themes, intense yet never overwhelming soloing, spiritually positive and endlessly creative - this is a great album. Track it down. -Jason Gubbels

5.0 out of 5 stars

Billy Bang-- violin, compositions
Frank Lowe-- tenor sax
Sirone-- bass
Denis Charles -- drums

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Joachim Kühn - SpringFever (1976)


Lady Amber
Two Whips
Spring Fever
Equal Evil
California Woman

Musicians :

Joachim Kühn - keyboards
Philip Catherine - guitar
John Lee - bass guitar
Gerald Brown - drums
Guest Artists :

Zbigniew Seifert - violin
Curt Cress - drums (on "Lady Amber")

Recorded : April 1976 at Union Studio, Munich, Germany -
Produced by Joachim Kühn

Atlantic records

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Sadao Watanabe - Swiss Air (1975)

01 Masai Steppe
02 Tanzania E
03 Sway
04 Way
05 Pagamoyo

Sadao Watanabe (as,fl,sn)
Takehiro Honda(p)
Osamu Kawakami (b)
Shinji Mori (ds)

Recorded at Montreux
CBS Sony Japan 1975

Monday, February 7, 2011

Absolute Ensemble - Absolute Zawinul

This set, made in 2007, is the last studio recording Joe Zawinul worked on before his death. It places the great Austrian pianist/composer in front of a mixed-genre chamber orchestra led by young Estonian classical conductor Kristjan Jarvi, and concentrates on the music of Zawinul's later years with his Syndicate, rather than the more famous two-decade reign of Weather Report. The dressing of jazz, improv or fusion ideas in classical music's graceful robes often does few favours to any of the contributing genres, but this is an exception: sustaining the Syndicate's headlong energies while enhancing passing melodic ideas that the erudite Zawinul would sometimes casually toss out. As well as being a composer of enduring themes, Zawinul was one of the great spontaneous creators of the short fill or linking motif, and Jarvi picks those up and burnishes them with everything from flutes and oboes to contrabassoons, while driving drum-patterns and basslines surge along beneath – and Zawinul's talkative vocoder adds his characteristic asides. The folk-dancing energy of Bimoya sets the vibe humming, Syndicate singer Sabine Kabongo supplies spinechilling chants, the Eastern melodies of Sultan are strengthened by the strings, and The Peasant is an ingenious combination of strings, Indian percussion and deep brass. It's a fitting enrichment of Zawinul's magic, by players who clearly appreciate it.

The New York based Absolute Ensemble, conductor Kristjan Järvi, is and 18-piece electro-acoustic ensemble that fuses classical, jazz, rock and funk. Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix have found a place on the bill with Bach, Stravinsky and Schoenberg and the works of new composers whom the band is often the first to promote. They have also performed works by the Beatles, Frank Zappa, John Adams and Michael Daugherty.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Ahmed Abdul-Malik - East Meets West (1959)

«The late Ahmed Abdul-Malik was one of the first musicians to integrate non-Western musical elements into jazz. Best known to jazz listeners as a bassist with Thelonious Monk, Randy Weston, Coleman Hawkins, and many others, he made a few records as a leader, with this one being his most exotic and also the hardest to find. The Brooklyn native was of Sudanese descent; in addition to playing bass on this interesting blend of Middle Eastern instruments with those from the world of jazz, he also plays oud, the forerunner to the lute. The musicians on Malik's eight originals vary from track to track. On the mournful "La Ibky (Don't Cry)," Malik's oud shares the spotlight with a tenor sax (either Benny Golson or Johnny Griffin) plus trumpeter Lee Morgan. "Rooh (The Soul)" features the 72-string kanoon (which is sort of a brittle sounding and much smaller harp) played by Ahmed Yetman, along with Malik's arco bass and the droning violin of Naim Karacand. The Middle Eastern instruments are absent during "Searchin'," which is sort of a hard bop vehicle featuring trombonist Curtis Fuller and Jerome Richardson on flute, along with the tenor sax. "Takseem (Solo)" omits the jazz instruments; the slowness of the variations of the music and rather piercing vocal make it harder for Western ears to comprehend. Not a release of interest to everyone but, for the most part, this fusion of vastly different styles of music is quite enjoyable; it's obvious from the start that the musicians were enjoying themselves as it was recorded. This long out print LP will be difficult to locate.» (AMG)

01 E-Lail (The Night)
02 La Ilbky (Don't Cry)
03 Takseem (Solo)
04 Searchin'
05 Isma'a (Listen)
06 Rooh (The Soul)
07 Mahawara
08 El Ghada [The Jungle]


Ahmed Abdul-Malik Bass, Oud
Bilal Abdurrahman Darabeka
Curtis Fuller Trombone
Benny Golson Sax (Tenor)
Johnny Griffin Sax (Tenor)
Mike Hamway Darabeka
Al Harewood Drums
Naim Karacand Violin
Lee Morgan Trumpet
Jerome Richardson Flute
Ahmed Yetman Kanun

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sun Ra - Heliocentric Worlds

CD 1
1. Heliocentric 4:19
2. Outer Nothingness 7:39
3. Other Worlds 4:36
4. The Cosmos 7:32
5. Of Heavenly Things 5:46
6. Nebulae 3:21
7. Dancing In The Sun 1:55

CD 2
1. The Sun Myth 18:21
2. A House Of Beauty 4:55
3. Cosmic Chaos 15:12

CD 3
1. Intercosmosis 17:05
2. Mythology Metamorphosis 4:17
3. Heliocentric Worlds 4:18
4. World Worlds 5:09
5. Interplanetary Travelers 5:06

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Sun Ra - The Antique Blacks (1974)

The Antique Blacks is a great live date, recorded in 1974 but not released until 1978. This is a smallish band, and features the first recorded evidence of prominent electric rock guitar in the Arkestra, attributed only to "Sly." "Song No. 1" is a groovy sort of space bossa nova, with Sun Ra on rocksichord supported by great percussion as the other players join in. "There Is a Change in the Air/The Antique Blacks" is a Ra poem recited with musical accompaniment as is "The Ridiculous 'I' and the Cosmos Me." "This Song Is Dedicated to Nature's God" is actually a different tune than "To Nature's God" on Live in Egypt, Vol. 1, but is the same sort of upbeat, swinging singalong. "Would I for All That Were" is a short interlude with Moog craziness over an ominous march, which leads into a rousing version of "Space Is the Place." The Antique Blacks is notable for the recited poetry, as well as for the presence of the extroverted Sly, who adds a totally new dimension to the Arkestra sound. This one will be tough to find, but well worth it. - amg

01 - song n1
02 - there is a change in the air
03 - the antique blacks
04 - this song is decicatated to nature's god
05 - the ridiculous ''i'' & the cosmos me
06 - would i for all that were
07 - space is the place

Sun Ra Arranger, Composer, Mini Moog, Rocksichord, Vocals
Marshall Allen Percussion, Reissue, Sax (Alto), Vocals
Sly Guitar (Electric)
Atakatune Conga
Danny Davis Sax (Alto)
Ahk Tal Ebah Trumpet, Vocals
John Gilmore Percussion, Sax (Tenor), Vocals
James Jackson Bassoon, Percussion, Vocals
Clifford Jarvis Drums, Vocals

Thursday, December 16, 2010

John Tchicai - Afrodisiaca

01. Afrodisiaca
02. Heavenly Love On A Planet
03. Fodringsmontage
04. This Is Heaven
05. Lakshmi

Ex-New York Art Ensemble member Jon Tchicai goes wild with 25 fellow musicians on this Free Jazz masterpiece from the year of the moon landing. Sonic Youth s Thurston Moore comments: beautiful, baby. BEAUTIFUL! Originally released in 1969.

Personnel: John Tchicai: alto and soprano saxophones, leader (2-5); Hugh Steinmetz: trumpet, leader (1); Willem Breuker: tenor saxophone (1, 4), bass clarinet (2); Pierre Doerge: guitar; Max Brúel: baritone saxophone (1); Theo Rahbek: trumpet, iron claves (2); Mauritz Tchicai: trombone, sousaphone, waterpipe (2); Joergen Thorup: clarinet; Michael Schou: alto saxophone, flute; Kim Menzer: trombone (1), flute (1); Willy Jagert: ophicleide; Bent Hesselman: flute (1); Sune Weimar: alto saxophone; Christian Kyhl: alto and soprano saxophones, triangle (2); Mogens Bollerup: tenor saxophone, petrol can (2); Niels Harrit: tenor saxophone (1), flute (1), saw (1); Ole Kühl: tenor and soprano saxophones; Ole Matthissen: organ, cymbal (2); Ole Thilo: organ, tankcap (2); Steffen Andersen: bass (1); Claus Boeje: drums; Jon Finsen: drums, glockenspiel (2); Anthony Barnett: percussion, tabla (4); Giorgio Musoni: balafon (1), africodrums (1), gong (1); Simon Kopel: tympani (1); J.C. Moses: cowbell (1), bongos (1), percussion (1).

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

John Tchicai

John Tchicai

John Martin Tchicai (born April 28, 1936) is a Danish jazz saxophonist. He was one of the earliest European free jazz musicians. He is of Danish and Congolese descent.

Tchicai studied violin in his youth, and in his mid-teens began playing clarinet and alto saxophone, focusing on the latter. By the late 1950s he was travelling around northern Europe, playing with many musicians.

After moving to New York City in 1963, Tchicai fell into the free jazz scene, co-forming the New York Contemporary Five and the New York Art Quartet, and playing on John Coltrane's epochal Ascension, and with Albert Ayler and others on New York Eye and Ear Control.

He returned to Denmark in 1966, and shortly thereafter focused most of his time on music education.

On Aug 30, 1975 his appearance at the Willisau Jazz Festival was recorded and released later that year as Willi The Pig. On this record, he plays with Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer.

Tchicai returned to a regular gigging and recording schedule in the late 1970s. In the early 1980s he switched to the tenor saxophone as his primary instrument. In 1990 he was awarded a lifetime grant from the Danish Ministry of Culture[1]. Tchicai and his wife relocated to Davis, CA (near San Francisco) in 1991, where he has led several ensembles. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1997. He is a member of Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith's "Yo Miles" band, a loose aggregation of musicians exploring Miles Davis's post-Bitches Brew electric music.

Since 2001 he has been living near Perpignan in southern France. He is currently (2006) experimenting with electronic components in his music.

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Photo by Matt Brown

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Jack DeJohnette - Cosmic Chicken (1975)

01 Cosmic Chicken
02 One for Devadip and the Professor
03 Stratocruiser
04 Shades of the Phantom
05 Eiderdown Swallow
06 Sweet and Pungent
07 Las Chance Stomp

John Abercrombie - Guitar
Jack DeJohnette - Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Keyboards
Alex Foster - Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor)
Peter Warren - Bass

Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA on April 24–26, 1975

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Gato Barbieri - El Gato (1975)

01 El Gato 12:45
02 El Parana 8:57
03 Merceditas 9:04
04 Vidala Triste 5:30
05 Ninos 7:14

Released: 1975
Genre: Jazz
Style: Free Jazz, Fusion, Latin Jazz

Bass - Stanley Clarke
Congas - Mtume*
Drums - Pretty Purdie*
Piano - Lonnie Liston Smith
Producer - Bob Thiele
Saxophone [Tenor] - Gato Barbieri

Monday, September 6, 2010


sorry to be so abstract as to make you wonder about my general state of mental health well-being, but it turns out i'm ok and soon i'll be back soon with all new, non heatwave induced ramblings and fresh, cool brained posts!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Joe Zawinul - The Rise and Fall of the Third Stream (1968)

The Rise and Fall of the Third Stream is an album by Austrian jazz keyboardist and composer Joe Zawinul, released in 1968. The title refers to the Third stream genre of music, melding classical and jazz.

01. "Baptismal" (William Fischer) – 7:37
02. "The Soul of a Village - Part I" (William Fischer) – 2:13
03. "The Soul of a Village - Part II" (William Fischer) – 4:12
04. "The Fifth Canto" (William Fischer) – 6:55
05. "From Vienna, With Love" (Friedrich Gulda) – 4:27
06. "Lord, Lord, Lord" (William Fischer) – 3:55
07. "A Concerto, Retitled" (William Fischer) – 5:30

* Joe Zawinul - Piano and electric piano
* William Fischer - Tenor Saxophone and arrangements
* Jimmy Owens - Trumpet
* Alfred Brown - Viola
* Selwart Clarke - Viola
* Theodore Israel - Viola
* Kermit Moore - Cello
* Richard Davis - Bass
* Roy McCurdy - Drums
* Freddie Waits - Drums
* Warren Smith - Percussion

Friday, August 20, 2010

Mahavishnu Orchestra/John McLaughlin - Inner Worlds (1976)

The state of the second Mahavishnu Orchestra continued to be volatile in 1975, with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty out, keyboardist Gayle Moran replaced by Stu Goldberg, and all string and horn backings removed, leaving just a steaming quartet and this lone remarkable album. The addition of Goldberg, a more interesting musician than Moran, is significant, but the biggest charge is provided by the leader who, in tandem with the latest electronic equipment, turns in some of his most passionately alive playing of the whole Mahavishnu series. The leadoff track, "All in the Family," has fantastic energy and drive, pushed on by Narada Michael Walden's drums and marimba. "Miles Out" has John McLaughlin doing some inspired jamming with his guitar hooked into a "360 Systems Frequency Shifter" (an electronic device with the wildly fluid sound of a ring-modulator), and he moves over to an early guitar synthesizer on "Morning Calls," "Lotus Feet," and the streaking title track. There is some funk residue from Visions of the Emerald Beyond on "Planetary Citizen," yet oddly enough, the so-so soul vocals from Walden on several tracks, and one by bassist Ralphe Armstrong, do not harm the cause, as the playing of the quartet is so fiery. But this somewhat overlooked album would be the last hurrah for the Mahavishnu concept for nearly a decade -- and when it returned, the sounds it produced would bear little resemblance to this power-packed music...AMG

01 All in the Family
02 Miles Out
03 In My Life
04 Gita
05 Morning Calls
06 The Way of the Pilgrim
07 River of My Heart
08 Planetary Citizen
09 Lotus Feet
10 Inner Worlds Pts. 1 & 2

L.A. Express - Shadow Play (1976)


01. Nordic Winds (6:04) [Peter Maunu]
02. Double Your Pleasure (2:50) [Peter Maunu]
03. Shadow Play (5:30) [D.Luell, R.Philipe]
04. Chariot Race (2:47) [Victor Feldman]
05. Dance The Night Away (3:03) [Victor Feldman]
06. Velvet Lady (4:15) [John Guerin]
07. Vortex (3:50) [Peter Maunu]
08. Mad Drums And Englishman (Mavro) (5:26) [John Guerin]
09. Silhouette (1:20) [Victor Feldman]

David Luell: tenor/alto/soprano/baritone saxophone
Peter Maunu: electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Victor Feldman: Fender Rhodes, piano, ARP Odyssey,
Hammond organ, concert spectrum,
congas, assorted percussion
Max Bennett: Fender bass, percussion
John Guerin: drums, organ

Joni Mitchell: voices (on 1)
Paulette McWilliams: voices (on 2,5)

Billy Cobham - Alivemutherforya (1978)

Drummer Billy Cobham is heard on this live set heading an all-star quintet also including Tom Scott on tenor, soprano and lyricon, keyboardist Mark Soskin, guitarist Steve Khan and electric bassist Alphonso Johnson. Although the music is mostly funky and uses plenty of electronics (Scott sounds quite faceless on lyricon), there are some strong solos, particularly from Khan and Scott (when he is on tenor). The six group originals are highlighted by "Bahama Mama," "Some Punk Funk" and "On a Magic Carpet Ride." Due to the amount of variety and spontaneity, Alivemutherforya is superior to most of these musicians' individual projects of the era...AMG

01 "Anteres"-The Star - Billy Cobham
02 Bahama Mama - Alphonso Johnson
03 Shadows - Tom Scott
04 Some Punk Funk - Steve Khan
05 Spindrift - Tom Scott
06 On a Magic Carpet Ride - Billy Cobham