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Friday, December 26, 2014

Rashied Ali Quartet + Quintet - Moon Dreams (1975)





















The Survival label was started by Rashied Ali on a shoestring budget in the mid-70s. These discs were rare when they were first issued, so it is to the credit of Knit Classics for reissuing them and allowing a second chance to hear them. On Moon Flight drummer Rashied Ali assembles a group of musicians who didn't have to struggle to keep up with the polyrhythms he inflicted. Joined by James Vass on alto sax, Marvin Blackman on tenor, Charles Eubanks on piano, and Benny Wilson on bass, this ensemble rages through Ali's "Blood on the Cross," Blackman's "Moon Flight," Vass's "A Light," and fellow drummer Zahir Batin's "Face of Forgotten Thought," while veering into a free jazz landscape while oddly juggling jagged hard bop roots. Acting as a balance to this intensity are tributes to John Coltrane in the form of two beautiful compositions -- Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes" and Coltrane's "Naima," which Ali had played live with Coltrane, as documented on the Village Vanguard Again sessions on Impulse.        Al Campbell ~ AMG

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Larry Willis Trio - Just In Time (1989)

























Larry Willis: piano;
Bob Cranshaw: bass;
Kenny Washington: drums.


1. Just In Time;
2. Soul Search;
3. T's Bag Blues;
4. For All We Know;
5. Solar;
6. Te Quiero Mi Hermano;
7. The Island;
8. One Finger Snap.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Massimo Urbani Quartet – Dedications to Albert Ayler and John Coltrane (1980)

























1 Dedications  16:25
2 Naima  9:20
3 L’ Amore  10:00
4 Max’s Mood  13:50
5 Scrapple From The Apple  3:50
6 Speak Low  6:20
7 Soul Eyes  10:20



Alto Saxophone – Massimo Urbani
Bass – Furio Di Castri
Drums – Paolo Pellegatti
Piano – Luigi Bonafede



Recorded at Music Center, Bologna, Italy, June 10, 1980.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ornette Coleman Sound Museum - Hidden Man and Three Women (1996)































































In 1996, altoist Ornette Coleman simultaneously released a pair of 14-song CDs; 13 of his pieces are heard in different versions on both releases. Joined by a particularly stimulating rhythm section (pianist Geri Allen, bassist Charnett Moffett and drummer Denardo Coleman), Coleman (who also contributes some trumpet and violin) is in superior form throughout the performances. On "Don't You Know By Now" (the one tune that is only heard on this CD), Lauren Kinhan and Chris Walker take passionate vocals. Otherwise, this is an excellent showcase for Ornette's searching and emotional (yet melodic) improvisations, one of the very few occasions since 1958 when he can be heard using a conventional three-piece rhythm section.  Scott Yanow ~ AMG

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Piotr Wojtasik - We Want To Give Thanks (2006)























1. Sea Star  [4:15]
2. Prelude to We Want To Give Thanks  [2:35]
3. We Want To Give Thanks  [3:01]
4. Journey To Kafarnahum  [5:03]
5. Thanksgiving  [5:56]
6. Escape part 1  [7:29]
7. Escape part 2  [4:15]
8. Escape part 3  [9:24]


Piotr Wojtasik - trumpet
Gary Bartz - alto & soprano saxophones (6-8)
Vincent Herrinh - alto & soprano saxophones (2-5)
Billy Harper - tenor saxophone (1-3, 5-8)
George Cables - piano
Reggie Workman - bass
Billy Hart - drums
Judy Bady - vocal (3).

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Charles Tyler Ensemble - Live at Sweet Basil Volumes 1 & 2 (1984)














Charles Tyler (saxophone, vocal) ;
Roy Campbell  (trumpet) ;
Rischard Dunbar (cornet) ;
Curtis Clark (piano) ;
Wilber Morris (bass) ;
John Betsch John (drums).


Vol. 1:

1. Life can be so beautiful ;
2. Cecil Taylor motion ;
3. Surf Ravin ;
4. Lucifer got uptight ;
5. Honeydripper.


Vol. 2:

1. Round midnight ;
2. Reflections ;
3. Bemsha swing.


Recorded live at Sweet Basil. New York, Mars 12 1984.



{a contribution by Claude}


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Stefano Maltese As Sikilli Ensemble - Seven Tracks For Tomorrow (1997)



Raphé Malik - The Short Form (1996)

























1996, Eremite

1.  Invocation-Spiel City
2.  Ray (Thine Own)
3.  Civilization After Coltrane
4.  Big G
5.  Hightail
6.  Gem Stone
7.  Grab Bag Of Crabs On The Bayou

Raphé Malik - trumpet
Glenn Spearman - tenor saxophone
George Langford - bass
Dennis Warren - drums

Recorded live at the 1996 Fire In The Valley Festival

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Raphé Malik-Cecil McBee-Cody Moffett - Storyline (2000)

























2000, Boxholder

1.  Incalculable
2.  Minimal Blue
3.  Ago (Go)
4.  Why Not
5.  Nucleus
6.  First Valve Blues
7.  Ago (Go) alt.
8.  The Hard Way
9.  Era
10. In The Genes

Raphé Malik - trumpet
Cecil McBee - bass
Cody Moffett - drums