Derek Bailey – What Is It (2000)

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Welcome to the strange and beautiful world of Derek Bailey, the late king of freely-improvised guitar. Bailey made a lot of recordings in various contexts: solo, duos, small ensembles and large groups. All are worth checking out. On 2000′s Mirakle he teamed up with Jamaaladeen Tacuma on bass and Calvin Weston on drums. Definitely a formidable pair. Mirakle was a good introduction to this style of play as the funk rhythm section give the uninitiated listener something familiar to hold onto while the more “alien” guitar does its thing. [Source]



Listen to the full album here:

[Dedicated to S.A.]

Nat King Cole – When I Fall in Love (1964)

The performance of When I Fall in Love is from The Jack Benny Program in 1964.

It’s not difficult to hear why with his jazz leanings, his blues undertones and a voice as smooth as silk he appealed to just about everyone…Black or White. He was dubbed the Sepia Sinatra in the 1940s because he was the only challenger to Frank’s role as America’s premier singer. [source]

 

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[via BONGORAMA.COM, Celebrating the 95th Anniversary of Nat King Cole’s Birth]

Old and New Dreams – New Dream (1980)

From the album Playing by Old and New Dreams. Concert Recording, June 1980, Theater am Kornmarkt, Bregenz (Austria).

Old and New Dreams was a jazz group that was active from 1976 to 1987. The group was composed of tenor saxophone player Dewey Redman (doubling on musette), bassist Charlie Haden, cornet player Don Cherry and drummer Ed Blackwell.[1] All of the members were former sidemen of free jazz progenitor, alto saxophonist Ornette Coleman, and the group played a mix of Coleman’s compositions and originals by the band members. [source]

Charlie Haden – Bass / Ed Blackwell – Drums / Dewey Redman – Tenor Saxophone, Oboe [Musette] / Don Cherry – Trumpet, Piano

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Jan Garbarek, Egberto Gismonti, Charlie Haden – Cego Aderaldo (1981)

From the album Magico: Carta De Amor.

Magico: Carta de Amor is a musical treasure trove that features three players from three continents working in near-symbiotic dialogue, offering music that showcases compositional and improvisational mastery, yet transcends the limitations of genre classification. [source]

Charlie Haden – Double Bass
Jan Garbarek – Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Egberto Gismonti – Guitars, Piano

 

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Joe McPhee – Cosmic Love (1970)

Recorded in Poughkeepsie, NY, 1970.

 Joe McPhee (born November 3, 1939)[1] is an American jazz multi-instrumentalist born in Miami, Florida, a player of tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone, the trumpet, flugelhorn and valve trombone. [source]

“In 1968, the same year that Anthony Braxton made his first solo LP “For Alto”, Joe McPhee began a series of home recordings, assisted by his friend and future producer Craig Johnson.
McPhee had initially worked as a trumpeter, and he’d only picked up tenor saxophone earlier in the year. Along with his very first documentation on tenor, these tracks included solo recorder and a starling “sound on sound” recording, an early commercial overdubbing technique. In years to follow, McPhee would sometimes use the multitrack recorder in performance, referring to it as his Survival Unit. McPhee continued these highly experimental recordings in 1970 and 1973, using instruments not usually associated with him, including deftly manipulated microphone feedback, nagoya, harp, and Space Organ (a Wurlitzer), which he combined with tenor saxophone and the tour-de-force “Cosmic Love”.”

Joe McPhee – Tenor Saxophone, Toy Piano, Percussion [Toy], Recorder, Soprano Saxophone, Organ [Space], Flute, Noises [Feedback], Mbira [Kalimba], Effects [Echoplex], Percussion

 

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[inspired by Thurston Moore]