Pharoah Sanders – You’ve Got To Have Freedom – live (1981)

You Got To Have Freedom is first track from the live album Live… by Pharoah Sanders, recorded at The Maiden Voyage, Los Angeles in April 1981, released in 1982 on Theresa Records.

Pharoah Sanders (born October 13, 1940) is a Grammy Award-winning American jazz saxophonist.

Saxophonist Ornette Coleman once described him as “probably the best tenor player in the world.” Emerging from John Coltrane’s groups of the mid-1960s Sanders is known for his overblowing, harmonic, and multiphonic techniques on the saxophone, as well as his use of “sheet of sound.” Sanders is an important figure in the development of free jazz; Albert Ayler famously said: “Trane was the Father, Pharoah was the Son, I am the Holy Ghost.” Sanders is also a devout Muslim. [source]

You’ve Got to Have Freedom (14:17) / It’s Easy to Remember (06:51) / Blues For Santa Cruz (08:39) / Pharomba (13:26) / Doktor Pitt (21:34)

Walter Booker – Bass
Idris Muhammed – Drums
John Hicks – Piano
Pharoah Sanders – Tenor Saxophone














(dedicated Ronnie Rocket)



Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams – It’s A Beautiful Evening (1961)

It’s A Beautiful Evening is the last track on side A on the album Out Of This World by Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams Quintet. The album was recorded and released in 1961 and according to the liner notes, this album was Herbie Hancock’s first recorded performance . It’s A Beautiful Evening is composed by Dorothy Wayne and Raymond Rasch.

This set of sides recorded with the then-fledgling Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams quintet was taped for the long-defunct Warwick label. While Byrd and Adams – along with Jimmy Cobb and Charles, who is only on one track here – were veterans in Detroit before coming to the Big Apple, Herbie Hancock was a kid. His playing is the weak link here, but it nonetheless shows great promise and he acts more as an anchor for the wondrous interplay between the front line-check of Byrd´s “Bird House” or the title track or even Johnny Mercer´s “I’m an Old Cowhand” for the wooly, yet lyrical, interplay between this pair of soloists. With his rough and tumble tone punching through Byrd´s elegant and fiery lines and creating a melodically charged harmonic invention in which the interval was everything, Adams came up with a session that was as passionate and innovative as it was hip and tender. This is a hell of an introduction to both players and captures their magic as a band better than any other document that is available on CD. [source]

Donald Byrd – Trumpet
Pepper Adams – Baritone Saxophone
Herbie Hancock – Piano
Laymon Jackson – Bass
Jimmy Cobb – Drums
Teddy Charles – Vibraphone


Kamal Abdul Alim – Prayer (1988)

Prayer is the last track on Kamal Abdul Alims album Dance released on Stash Records in 1988.

Another first time out in blogland for this great set from Kamal and the Brothers.And what a band of brothers they were with Idris Muhammed holding down the rhythm section joined by ex Roland Kirk pianist Ron Burton and the Spaulding-Watson-Alim frontline horns.
“Brotherhood” was the thumpin’ spinner way back when and made it onto a couple of comps however don’t make the mistake of ignoring the rest of the lp as it’s a complete cracker ranging from afro inspired jazz to some nifty modal styled tunes. [source]

Kamal Abdul Alim – Trumpet / James Spaulding – Alto & Flute / Bobby Watson – Alto & Soprano / Ron Burton – Piano / Sabu Adeyola – Bass / Idris Muhammad – Drums / Abdul Wali – Guitar / Abdus Saboor – Percussion.


Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Bright Moments (1973)

Bright Moments is track number 9 on the live album Bright Moments by the multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

Bright Moments is a live album by jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk featuring performances by Kirk with Ron Burton, Todd Barkan, Henry Mattathias Pearson, Robert Shy and Joe Habad Texidor recorded at Keystone Korner, San Francisco in June 1973.

The Allmusic review by Steve Huey states “Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s live club gigs were usually engaging, freewheeling affairs, full of good humor and a fantastically wide range of music. The double album Bright Moments (reissued as a double CD) is a near-definitive document of the Kirk live experience, and his greatest album of the ’70s. The extroverted Kirk was in his element in front of an audience, always chatting, explaining his concepts, and recounting bits of jazz history. Even if some of his long, jive-talking intros can sound a little dated today, it’s clear in the outcome of the music that Kirk fed voraciously off the energy of the room… Bright Moments empties all the major items out of Kirk’s bag of tricks, providing a neat microcosm of his talents and displaying a consummate and knowledgeable showman. In short, it’s nothing less than a tour de force”. [source

Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Tenor Saxophone, Manzello, Strich, Clarinet, Flute, Nose Flute

Ron Burton – Piano

Todd Barkan – Synthesizer, Tambourine

Henry Mattathias Pearson – Bass

Robert Shy – Drums

Joe Habao Texidor – Percussion










[inspired by Ronnie Rocket]

Alice Coltrane – The Sun (1968)

The Sun is one of  2 bonus tracks on the 1998 reissue of the album A Monastic Trio by Alice Coltrane from 1968. The two bonus tracks were originally issued on John Coltrane’s “Cosmic Music” album.

A Monastic Trio is the first solo album by Alice Coltrane. Recorded in 1968 (the reissue includes one track from 1967), she intended it to be a tribute to her husband, John Coltrane, who had died the year before. [source]

Alice Coltrane-  Harp, Piano

Pharoah Sanders – Tenor Saxophone

Jimmy Garrison – Bass

John Coltrane – Vocals

Ben Riley – Drums


Friedrich Gulda – The Air From Other Planets (1969)

The Air From Other Planets is the first track on side B on the album The Air From Other Planets by the pianist Friedrich Gulda.

Friedrich Gulda (16 May 1930 – 27 January 2000) was an Austrian pianist and composer who worked in both the classical and jazz fields.

From the 1950s on he cultivated an interest in jazz, writing several songs and instrumental pieces, and at times combining jazz and classical music in his concerts. In 1956, he performed at Birdland in New York City and at the Newport Jazz festival.He organized the International Competition for Modern Jazz in 1966, and he established the International Musikforum, a school for students who wanted to learn improvisation, in Ossiach, Austria, in 1968. [source]


Jukka Tolonen – Elements (Earth Fire Water Air) (1971)

Elemets (Earth Fire Water Air) is the first track on the album Tolonen! by Jukka Tolonen, recorded at the Finnvox studios Helsinki, Finland, Oct. 1971 and released same year at Love Records.

Jukka Tolonen (born 1952) is not only Finland’s national guitar hero but also one of the world’s most respected guitarists. For the past 4 decades, he has captivated audiences through Scandinavia and Europe with his powerful and passionate works. He remains of the the most diverse guitarists of today, being equally proficient in a blues, rock, or fusion jazz environment. [source]

Jukka Tolonen – Guitar, Piano
Heikki Virtanen – Bass
Pekka Pohjola – Bass
Reino Laine – Drums
Ronnie Österberg – Drums
Jukka Gustavson – Organ
Pekka Pöyry – Saxophone