Miles Davis – High Speed Chase (1991)

From the album Doo-Bop, released 1992. Doo-Bop was jazz musician Miles Davis’ final studio album, which would have marked the beginning of the artist’s turn to hip-hop-oriented tracks. However, Davis died on September 28, 1991, at which time only six pieces for the album had been completed.  To finish off the album, producer Easy Mo Bee was asked to take some of the unreleased trumpet performances (stemming from what Davis … Continue reading Miles Davis – High Speed Chase (1991)

The Bill Dixon Orchestra – Voices (1967)

From the album Intents and Purposes by  Bill Dixon, recorded Jan. 17, 1967 in New York City Since his decisive involvement in 1964’s October Revolution in Jazz and lengthy tenure at Bennington College in Vermont (1968-1995), Dixon has been renowned for his skills as an organizer and an educator rather than his pioneering advancements as an instrumentalist and composer. As a former student of painting as … Continue reading The Bill Dixon Orchestra – Voices (1967)

Larry Young – Khalid Of Space Part Two (Welcome) (1973)

From the album Lawrence of Newark by Larry Young. The centerpiece of the album is “Khalid of Space Pt. 2: Welcome.” Sun Ra’s edict about all of his musicians being percussionists holds almost literally true in Young’s case. The soprano saxophonist sounds as if it could be Sonny Fortune (billed as “mystery guest”), but he’s way out on an Eastern modal limb. Young’s right hand is … Continue reading Larry Young – Khalid Of Space Part Two (Welcome) (1973)

Jayne Cortez – Maintain Control/Economic Love Song I (1986)

First two tracks from the album Maintain Control by Jayne Cortez And The Firespitters. Jayne Cortez (May 10, 1936 – December 28, 2012) was an American poet, and performance artist. Cortez was born May 10, 1936 in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and grew up in California. She was the author of ten books of poems and performed her poetry with music on nine recordings. Cortez presented her work and ideas … Continue reading Jayne Cortez – Maintain Control/Economic Love Song I (1986)

Earl Hines – Memories of You (1965)

Earl “Fatha” Hines perform “Memories of You”, in a piano workshop in Berlin in 1965. Earl Kenneth Hines, universally known as Earl “Fatha” Hines (December 28, 1903 – April 22, 1983), was an American jazzpianist. Hines was one of the most influential figures in the development of modern jazz piano and, according to one major source, is “one of a small number of pianists whose playing shaped the history of … Continue reading Earl Hines – Memories of You (1965)

Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire (1972) (full album)

Birds of Fire is Mahavishnu Orchechestra´s second album. It was released in the first half of 1973 and is the last studio album by the original Mahavishnu Orchestra line-up, before the group dissolved, although Between Nothingness and Eternity, a live album, was recorded and released later that same year. [source] All compositions by John McLaughlin, except “Miles Beyond”, by Miles Davis: Birds of Fire (5:50) / Miles Beyond (4:47) … Continue reading Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire (1972) (full album)

Don Pullen – New beginnings (1988)

New Beginnings is from the album New beginnings by Don Pullen, recorded in New York City on December 12, 1988 and released on Blue Note in 1989. Don Pullen (December 25, 1941 – April 22, 1995) was an American jazzpianist and organist. Pullen developed a strikingly individual style throughout his career. He composed masterworks ranging from blues to bebop and modern jazz. The great variety of his body of work … Continue reading Don Pullen – New beginnings (1988)