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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sonny Simmons - Burning Spirits (1970)
























Sonny Simmons - English Horn, Alto and Tenor Sax;
Lonnie Liston Smith - Piano (tracks: 2,5);
Barbara Donald - Trumpet (tracks: 1,2,4,6);
Michael White - Violin (except track #2);
Richard Anthony Davis - Bass;
Cecil McBee - Bass (except track #2);
Clifford Jarvis - Drums.



1. Burning Spirits No. 1 (Simmons) - 11:34
2. New Newk (Simmons) - 11:42
3. Healing Rays (Simmons) - 15:55
4. Burning Spirits No. 2 (Simmons) - 13:47
5. Things and Beings (Simmons) - 9:27
6. E=MC2 (Simmons) - 16:53.



Recorded at Contemporary Records, Los Angeles, November 24, 1970

Monday, April 28, 2014

Frequency (Nichole Mitchell, Edward Wilkerson Jr., Harrison Bankhead, Avreeayl Ra) (2006)























Nicole Mitchell (flutes)
Ed Wilkerson (woodwinds)
Harrison Bankhead (bass)
Avreeayl Ra (drums/percussion).


1.  Pitiful James   (5:23)
2.  Take Refuge  (4:49)
3.  Satya  (18:47)
4.  Portrait of Light  (5:22)
5.  Fertility Dance  (8:25)
6.  From the Other Side  (10:36)
7.  The Tortoise  (4:35)
8.  Optimistic  (6:07)
9.  Serenity (5:53).


{a contribution by AGABEN}

8 Bold Souls - Last Option (1999)




Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – Papa's Bounce (1998)
























1.  Papa's Bounce     14:32
2.  Dance'm     6:10
3.  Song Of My Self     10:01
4.  Blue Rwanda     11:08
5.  Spirit Dancer     10:14
6.  Indestructible Consciousness     8:58
7.  Sunshine Serenade     9:21




Kahil El'Zabar: Drums, Voice, Kalimba [Thumb Piano];
Ernest Dawkins: Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Percussion;
Joseph Bowie: Trombone, Percussion, Voice;
Harold Murray: Percussion, Flute [Vaccine].




Recorded 16,17 February 1998 at The Spirit Room, NY.



{a contribution by AGABEN}

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – Dance With The Ancestors (1993)





















Kahil El'Zabar:  Drums [Earth, Trap], Kalimba [Sanza - Thumb Piano], Percussion [Misc], Vocals;
Edward Wilkerson: Tenor Saxophone, Alto Clarinet, Percussion [Misc.], Vocals;
Joseph Bowie: Trombone, Congas, Percussion [Misc.], Vocals.



1.  Oceans Deep     7:51
2.  Ornette (Written For Ornette Coleman)     8:19
3.  Hit Me (Written By – Joseph Bowie)   4:40
4.  Take The 'A' Train     3:18
5.  Alika Rising (Written For Allison)     7:30
6..  Ode To The True Crusader (Dedicated To Dizzy Gillespie)     7:13
7.  Mis-Taken Brilliance     3:16
8.  Nia     6:36
9.  Gwenyana (Written For Gwenyana Blackburn)     7:17
10.  Dance With The Ancestors     5:30


{a contribution by AGABEN}

Friday, April 25, 2014

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble - Ancestral Song (1987)

























Edward Wilkerson: Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Percussion;
Joseph Bowie: Trombone, Marimba, Percussion;
Kahil El'Zabar: Voice, Drums, Percussion, Percussion [Earth Drum], Strings {Sansa}.



1. Papa's Bounce 9:35
2. Loose Pocket 15:15
3. Ancestral Song 13:25
4. Mamma's House 10:35
5. Three And A Half 8:20
6. Kahil's Blues 6:00.



Recorded before an audience at Fasching Club in Stockholm on May 3rd, 1987.




Ethnic Heritage Ensemble - Three Gentlemen From Chicago (1981)























1.  The Seeker  (11:01):
Saxophone [Soprano], Clarinet [Bass] - 'Light' Henry Huff
Percussion [Sanza - Thumb Piano] - Kahil El'Zabar
Saxophone [Alto], Flute, Other [Small Instruments] - Edward Wilkerson.

2.  A Serious Pun  (9:40):
Saxophone [Tenor, Baritone] - 'Light' Henry Huff
Percussion [Cymbals, Gongs], Percussion [Misc.] - Kahil El'Zabar
Saxophone [Alto], Other [Small Instruments] - Edward Wilkerson.

3.  Moving Of Seasons  (9:55):
Clarinet - Edward Wilkerson
Flute [Bass Bamboo], Percussion [Misc.], Percussion [Cymbals, Gongs], Wind [Misc.] - Kahil El'Zabar
Clarinet [Bass] - 'Light' Henry Huff.

4.  Brother Malcolm   (11:00)  :
Saxophone [Tenor] - 'Light' Henry Huff
Saxophone [Tenor], Other [Small Instruments] - Edward Wilkerson
Percussion [Earth Drum] - Kahil El'Zabar.




Thursday, April 24, 2014

Don Grolnick - Weaver Of Dreams (1990)


Don Grolnick - Nighttown (1992)























Don Grolnick (piano);
Joe Lovano (tenor saxophone);
Randy Brecker (trumpet);
Steve Turre (trombone);
Marty Ehrlich (bass clarinet);
Dave Holland (bass);
Bill Stewart (drums).



  1.  Heart of Darkness (6:27)
  2. What Is This Thing Called Love? (6:13)
  3. One Bird, One Stone  (6:26)
  4. Nighttown (8:12)
  5. Genie (7:16)
  6. Spot That Man (5:30)
  7. The Cost of Living (8:07)
  8. Blues for Pop (8:47) 


Recorded: December 1991, New York City.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Michael Marcus Meets Jaki Byard – This Happening (1997)
























Michael Marcus: Bass Clarinet, Other {Saxello, Strich};
Jaki Byard: piano.



1.  Earth Beings/3=4     5:58
2.  This Happening     6:05
3.  Kelso Tracks South     4:00
4.  Giant Steps/Naima     6:27
5.  Steppin' Down With Jaki     6:50
6.  The Cry For Peace     5:32
7.  The Continuum     4:29
8.  Kelso Tracks North     3:14
9.  Darn That Dream     6:41

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Michael Marcus - Here At! (1993)
























Michael Marcus (stritch, manzello);
Teddy Daniel (trumpet);
Steve Swell (trombone);
Fred Hopkins, William Parker (acoustic bass);
Denis Charles, Sadiq Abdu Shahid (drums).




01. Top of the Hill (Daly City)
02. This Happening
03· Ithem
04· Here At
05· Hidden Springs
06· Hurdles
07· Channel 3
08· In the Center of it All.



Recorded at Sear Sound, New York, September 7-8, 1993

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wynton Marsalis Quartet - Live at Blues Alley (1986) {The complete recordings}


Ellis Marsalis - Ellis Marsalis Trio (1990)

























Ellis Marsalis - piano
Bob Hurst - bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts - drums


1. Syndrome 5:04
2. Emily (Johnny Mandel/Johnny Mercer) 5:51
3. Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) (Duke Ellington/Lee Gaines) 5:56
4. Little Niles 6:34
5. Limehouse Blues (Philip Braham / Douglas Furber) 4:12
6. A Moment Alone 4:33
7. Lil' Boy Man 4:43
8. Jitterbug Waltz (Richard Maltby, Jr./Fats Waller) 7:52
9. The Garden 5:29
10. Chapter One 5:20
11. I Thought About You (James Van Heusen/Johnny Mercer) 2:21.

Branford Marsalis Trio - The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born (1991)