Gato Barbieri – Cancion del Llamero/Tango (1969)

The Third World is the initial session that mixed Gato Barbieri’s free jazz tenor playing with Latin and Brazilian influences. It’s also the album that brought Barbieri positive attention from the college crowds of the late ’60s. He would expand on this musical combination with his next few Flying Dutchman releases as well as his first recordings for the Impulse! label. The records made between … Continue reading Gato Barbieri – Cancion del Llamero/Tango (1969)

Charlie Haden and the Liberation Music Orchestra – The Introduction – Song of The United Front (1969)

Liberation Music Orchestra is a jazz album by Charlie Haden, released in 1969. It was Haden’s first album as leader. The inspiration for the album came when Haden heard songs from the Spanish Civil War. He included three of those songs on the album (the trilogy “El Quinto Regimiento”, “Los Cuatro Generales”, and “Viva la Quince Brigada”, which are old Spanish folk songs given new … Continue reading Charlie Haden and the Liberation Music Orchestra – The Introduction – Song of The United Front (1969)

Lennie Tristano – Turkish Mambo (1955)

Lennie Tristano, also known as Tristano, is a 1956 album by bebop jazz pianist Lennie Tristano. At its release, the album was controversial for its innovative use of technology, with Tristano overdubbing piano and manipulating tape speed for effect on the first four tracks. The final five songs are live recordings. Originally released as Tristano’s Atlantic Records debut, the album was released on CD in … Continue reading Lennie Tristano – Turkish Mambo (1955)

Patrick Williams – Threshold (1973)

Throughout most of the 1960s, Patrick Williams was one of many composers/arrangers kicking around the NYC studio music scene. In the late ’60s he arranged/composed several Muzak-molded LPs (Heavy Vibrations , Think and Shades of Today among them) that only occasionally hinted at the ebullience and brilliance unleashed on his 1974 Grammy Award winning album Threshold. Perhaps due to his nationally successful composing/arranging credits for … Continue reading Patrick Williams – Threshold (1973)

David Murray – Ming (1980)

Ming is the third album by David Murray to be released on the Italian Black Saint label and the first to feature his Octet. It was released in 1980 and features performances by Murray, Henry Threadgill, Olu Dara, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Wilbur Morris and Steve McCall. The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this album as part of its suggested Core Collection. … Continue reading David Murray – Ming (1980)