Monday, May 30, 2016

Prima Materia - Peace on Earth (music of John Coltrane)

Most tributes to John Coltrane focus either on his "sheets of sound" work of the late '50s or his early Impulse recordings. For this spirited outing, the emphasis is on Trane circa 1965, the year his music began emphasizing atonality. With Coltrane's last drummer Rashied Ali and the basses of William Parker (best known for his association with Cecil Taylor) and Joe Gallant playing at their most creative, the rhythm section certainly keeps the music stimulating. Louie Belogenis (on tenor) and Allan Chase (doubling on soprano and alto) have plenty of intense but not forbidding solos, showing that they have learned from Coltrane's innovations but avoiding mere imitation and not feeling compelled to blow the roof off the entire time. Actually the most exciting soloist, altoist John Zorn, is only on two of the five selections, but he makes a strong impression. Other than the eight-minute ballad "Alabama," the other four Coltrane compositions ("Spiritual," "Peace on Earth," "Brazilia" and "India") are each given very lengthy treatment, between 16-19 minutes apiece. The fact that this exciting set continually holds on to one's interest is evidence of how compelling the music is, making this a recommended release for listeners who are open to post-bop sounds. Scott Yanow ~ AMG

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

George Russell And His Orchestra – New York, N.Y. And Jazz In The Space Age {2LP - MCA Records, MCA2-4017}

Composed By, Conductor, Arranged By – George Russell;
Alto Saxophone – Hal McKusick (tracks: A2 to B4, C2, D2), Walt Levinsky (tracks: C1, C3, D1, D3)
Baritone Saxophone – Gene Allen (tracks: B1, B4), Sol Schlinger (tracks: A1, A2, B2, B3, C1, C3, D1, D3)
Double Bass – George Duvivier (tracks: B1, B4), Milt Hinton (tracks: A1, A2, B2, B3, C1 to D3)
Drums – Charlie Persip (tracks: A1, A2, B2, B3, C2, D2), Don Lamond (tracks: C1, C3, D1, D3), Max Roach (tracks: B4)
French Horn – Jimmy Buffington* (tracks: C1, C3, D1, D3)
Guitar – Barry Galbraith (tracks: A1 to B4, C1, C3, D1, D3), Howard Collins (tracks: C1, C3, D1, D3)
Narrator – Jon Hendricks (tracks: A1 to B4)
Piano – Bill Evans, Paul Bley (tracks: C1, C3, D1, D3)
Tenor Saxophone – Al Cohn (tracks: B1, B2), Benny Golson (tracks: A2, B2), David Young (4) (tracks: C1, C3, D1, D3), John Coltrane (tracks: A1)
Trombone – Bob Brookmeyer (tracks: A1 to B4, C2, D2), Dave Baker* (tracks: C1, C3, D1, D3), Frank Rehak (tracks: A1, B2, B3, C1, C3, D1, D3), Jimmy Cleveland (tracks: B1, B2, B3), Tom Mitchell* (tracks: A1 to B4)
Trumpet – Alan Kieger* (tracks: C1, C3, D1, D3), Art Farmer (tracks: A1 to B4), Doc Severinsen (tracks: A1), Ernie Royal (tracks: A1, C1, C3, D1, D3), Joe Ferrante (tracks: B2, B3), Joe Wilder (tracks: A2 to C4), Mark "Marky" Markowitz* (tracks: C2, D2)

Record 1 - New York, N.Y.:

Side One:
A1. Manhattan (10:32)
A2. Big City Blues  (12:39)

Side Four:
B1. Manhattan-Rico  (10:10)
B2. East Side Medley:  (8:00)
Autumn In New York;
How About You.
B3. A Helluva Town  (5:01)

Record 2 - Jazz In The Space Age:

Side Two:
C1. Chromatic Universe - Part 1 (3:32)
C2. Dimensions (13:12)
C3. Chromatic Universe - Part 2  (3:51)

Side Three:
D1. The Lydiot (10:02)
D2. Waltz From Outer Space  (7:02)
D3. Chromatic Universe - Part 3  (4:40)

A1 : Recorded September 12, 1958, New York
B1,B4 : Recorded November 24, 1958, New York
A2,B2, B3 : Recorded March 25, 1959, New York
Recorded May (tracks C1, C3, D1, D3) and August 1 (tracks C2, D2), 1960, New York.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Muhal Richard Abrams - View From Within (1984) {LP, Black Saint - BSR 0081}

Muhal Richard Abrams: piano, gongs;
Stanton Davis: trumpet: flughelhorn;
John Purcell: flute, soprano-sax, alto-sax, tenor-sax, bass clarinet;
Marty Ehrlich: piccolo, flute, alto-sax, tenor-sax, B clarinet, bass clarinet;
Rick Rosie: bass;
Warren Smith: vibes, marimba, gongs;
Thurman Baker: drums, orchestra bells, marimba, gongs;
Ray Mantilla: bongos, conga, drums, and assorted purcusion.

Side A:
A1. Laja  (6:36)
A2. View From Within  (7:52)
A3. Personal Conversations  (7:45)

Side B:
B1. Down At Peppers  (12:31)
B2. Positrain  (3:48)
B3. Inner Lights  (4:00)

Recorded September 22 and 27, 1984 at Vanguard Studios, New York.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ivo Perelman - Man Of The Forest (1994)

Ivo Perelman, tenor saxophone;
Joanne Brackeen, piano (1, 3, 4);
Mark Helias, bass (1, 3, 4, 5);
Billy Hart, drums (1, 3, 4, 5);
Guilherme Franco, cuica, timba, congas, pandeiro, zabumba, bells (1, 2, 3, 5);
Cyro Baptista, pandeiro, cuica, triangulo, gongs, caxixi, ceramic drum, bells (1, 2, 3, 5);
Nana Vasconcelos, caxixi, bells, shells, voice (2, 4);
Dom Salvador, accordion (2);
Duduka da Fonseca, caxixi, triangle, wood blocks (5)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Charles Mingus ‎– My Favorite Quintet (1965) {LP - Fantasy JWS 5}

Alto Saxophone – Charles McPherson
Bass – Charles Mingus
Drums – Dannie Richmond
Piano – Jaki Byard
Trumpet – Lonnie Hillyer

Side A:
A1. So Long Eric  19:40
A2. Medley: She´s Funny That Way  2:00

Sibe B:
B1. Medley: (Con´t) Embraceable You 5:00
                        I Can´t Get Started  5:00
               Ghost Of A Chance  2:00
B2.     Old Portrait  2:10
B3. Cocktails For Two  8:00

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

John Blake - Maiden Dance (1984) {LP, Gramavision}

John Blake: violin;
McCoy Tyner: piano;
Kenny Barron: piano;
Cecil McBee: bass;
Wilby Fletcher: drums and cowbell;
Leonard "Doc" Gibbs: percussion;
Alan Blake: vocals;
Lita Blake: vocals.

Side One:
A1. Caravan Of Dreams (6:00)
A2. Movin' Up  (5:51)
A3. Beautiful Love  (4:06)
A4. The Other Side Of The World (5:27)

Side Two:
B1. Maiden Dance  (9:14)
B2. For Tomorrow  (5:45)
B3. Todos Miss Ninos  (6:04)

Recorded at Skyline Studios, New York City, December 1983.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Barry Guy / Marilyn Crispell / Paul Lytton – Ithaca (2003)

Bass – Barry Guy;
Drums, Percussion – Paul Lytton;
Piano – Marilyn Crispell.

1. Fire And Ice 10:21
2. Void (For Doris) 6:37
3. First Shard 1:50
4. Broken Silence  6:34
5. Second Shard 1:12
6. Ithaca 8:47
7. Zinc 3:32
8. Third Shard 2:42
9. Unfolding    3:56
10. Zig Zag 10:08
11. Klaglied 4:47.

Recorded on 14 & 15 January 2003 at Radio Studio DRS Zürich.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Franz Koglmann – Make Believe (1998)

Franz Koglmann (trumpet, flugelhorn);
Brad Shepik (guitar);
Tony Coe (clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone);
Tom Varner (French horn);
Peter Herbert (bass instrument).

1. Make Believe  8:35
2. Lotrecht In Die Tiefe 5:46
        Rue Montmarte Trilogy
3. L'Écrevisse 3:45
4. Interlude 4:14
5. Rue Montmartre 5:17
6. Eye, Ear Nose 5:40
7. Der Vogel 6:03
8. Blut (Lullaby) 6:46

Recorded at Hazelwood Studio, Frankfurt, November 24th & 25th, 1998.