Cedar Walton – Off Minor (1975)

Back from the edge of nowhere, veteran jazz keyboardist Cedar Walton delivers this set of space-jazz-funk, still with an electronic emphasis, yet nowhere near as metallic and dissonant as anything by Bayete. Walton cultivates a superb melodic sensibility with his playing, while drummer Steve Gadd works magic with his skittering, subtle funk beats, laying the groundwork for Walton’s own solos and those of his band, … Continue reading Cedar Walton – Off Minor (1975)

Chico Hamilton – The Dealer (1966)

The Dealer is a 1966 release by jazz drummer/bandleader Chico Hamilton. It was first released by Impulse! Records (AS-9130) and has been subsequently reissused on CD with the addition of bonus tracks from Chic Chic Chico, Definitive Jazz Scene Vol. 3 and Passin’ Thru. The bonus tracks feature different line-ups to that of the album, including Charles Lloyd and Gábor Szabó. In the 1960s, Chico … Continue reading Chico Hamilton – The Dealer (1966)

Airto Feat. Flora Purim – On Sonho (Moon Dreams) (1971)

Both Airto and Flora Purim have versions on their own albums but I like Airto’s version more. I get more percussion on this version and still get to hear Purim’s vocals. From Seeds On The Ground LP, 1971 (Buddah Records) Catalog#: BDS 5085 Bass – Ron Carter Drums, Percussion – Airto Keyboards – Hermeto Pascoal Vocals – Flora Purim Continue reading Airto Feat. Flora Purim – On Sonho (Moon Dreams) (1971)

Sam Rivers – Fuschia Swing Song (1964)

1964 was an important year for the jazz saxophone. John Coltrane recorded the seminal A Love Supreme and Eric Dolphy made Out to Lunch, a masterpiece of the early jazz avant-garde. With that in mind, it’s not as surprising as it is unfortunate that saxophonist Sam Rivers’ debut Fuchsia Swing Song doesn’t get much press. Rivers went on to become one of the most original … Continue reading Sam Rivers – Fuschia Swing Song (1964)

George Russell – Ezz-thetics (1961)

George Russell’s own composition “Ezz-thetic” It can be found on 1961’s “Ezz-thetics”. The producer for the “Ezz-thetics” sessions was Orrin Keepnews and the band was: George Russell – piano, arranger Don Ellis – trumpet Dave Baker – trombone Eric Dolphy – alto sax and bass clarinet (tracks 2,4, and 6 only) Steve Swallow – bass Joe Hunt – drums [via Curtis Wenzel in St. Paul, … Continue reading George Russell – Ezz-thetics (1961)