Eric Dolphy – God Bless the Child (1961)

Good Bless the Child (originally written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog), is from the live jazz album The Stockholm Sessions, recorded in 1961 in Stockholm and Berlin, released in 1981 by Inner City Records. Eric Allan Dolphy, Jr. (June 20, 1928 – June 29, 1964) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, flutist, and bass clarinetist. On a few occasions he also played the clarinet, piccolo, and baritone saxophone. … Continue reading Eric Dolphy – God Bless the Child (1961)

Anthony Braxton – Black Monday (2000)

Drawing heavily on the post-bop songbooks of 60s icons Andrew Hill and George Coleman Braxton’s quartet almost approximates the sound of a forward thinking Blue Note era hard bop band. Programmatically speaking it has antecedents in earlier projects like his pair of In the Tradition albums for Steeplechase and later tribute vehicles like The Charlie Parker Project and Eight (+3) Tristano Compostions (both on Hat … Continue reading Anthony Braxton – Black Monday (2000)

Paul Bley – Closer (1972)

Closer is the opening track of  Paul Bleys Solo Album Open, to Love, recorded on September 11, 1972, at Arne Bendiksen Studio, Oslo. Open, to Love is a jazz album by Paul Bley. It features Bley performing seven solo piano pieces and is regarded to be not only one of his best albums, but a defining album in the history of the EMC record label. Three of the … Continue reading Paul Bley – Closer (1972)

Wayne Shorter – Introducing Wayne Shorter (Full Album) (1959)

Introducing Wayne Shorter is the debut album by Wayne Shorter in the hard bop medium, performing with other jazz greats like Lee Morgan and Paul Chambers. The album has also been released under the titles Blues A La Carte and Shorter Moments. [source] All compositions by Wayne Shorter except as indicated: 1. Blues a la Carte (5:35) 2. Harry’s Last Stand (4:40) 3. Down in the Depths (9:41) 4. Pug Nose” (6:49) 5. Black Diamond (Roland Kirk) … Continue reading Wayne Shorter – Introducing Wayne Shorter (Full Album) (1959)

Archie Shepp & Mal Waldron – I Only Have Eyes For You (2002)

I Only Have Eyes For You is from the album Left Alone Revisited: A Tribute to Billie Holiday by Archie Shepp & Mal Waldron,  recorded Februar 7 & 8 in 2002 at La Muse en Circuit, Paris, and released on Enja Records in 2002. Mal Waldron´s first tribute to Billie Holiday, titled Left Alone, was recorded in 1959, mere months before the singer’s death. He returned to … Continue reading Archie Shepp & Mal Waldron – I Only Have Eyes For You (2002)

David S. Ware – Astral Earth (2009)

Astral Earth is from the CD Onecept by David S. Ware, recorded live in december 2009, released in 2010. David Spencer Ware (November 7, 1949 – October 18, 2012), was an American jazz saxophonist  working mostly in free jazz. In 2001 critic Gary Giddins described Ware’s quartet as “the best small band in jazz today. [source] In the press release for Onecept, David S. Ware makes much of the concept of spontaneous form. … Continue reading David S. Ware – Astral Earth (2009)

Ahmed Abdullah – Life’s Force (1979)

Life’s Force is composed by Ahmed Abdullah and is the last track on his album by same name. It is recorded in New York City and was released in 1979. The short-lived About Time label started off with this stimulating release from trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah. Abdullah, who has an appealing tone and an adventurous style, heads a sextet also including the french horn of Vincent Chancey, … Continue reading Ahmed Abdullah – Life’s Force (1979)