It’s somewhat amazing that this bold, bizarrely eclectic CD by three guys from Minneapolis would come out on a French label. All three players on this CD are renowned session musicians who have played with everybody from Miles Davis to Billy Joel, but News From the Jungle is anything but the slick production you might expect from a trio of session men. The album starts out with a heavy, menacing sound portrait of a bad night in a bad neighborhood, with Sonny Thompson grimly reciting crime statistics over a pounding beat, wailing guitar, and a collage of police calls and urban sound effects. [Source]
[In memory of Jef Lee Johnson – via Jamaaladeen Tacuma]
Butch Morris, who created a distinctive form of large-ensemble music built on collective improvisation that he single-handedly directed and shaped, died on Tuesday in Brooklyn. He was 65. [Source]
Live from Umbria Jazz Festival, Todi, Italy, July 28, 1974.
Charles Mingus – Bass
Dannie Richmond – Drums
Don Pullen – Piano
George Adams – Tenor Saxophone
Hamiet Bluiett – Baritone Saxophone
[with love; all the best wishes for the future]
Kori Magnin is the second track on the album Le Nimba De N’Zerekore – Gön Bia Bia, released in 1980. Nimba de N’Zerekore is the name of a market town in Guinea’s forested south east highlands, and the musicians is people from that city. Wild rhythms, spiky guitars and blasting saxes; the sound of West Africa 1980.
Tracks: A1: Gon Biya Bia (7:50) / A2: Kori Magnin (4:25) / A3: Ziko (4:10) / B1: Babaniko (8:35) / B2: Kongoroko (4:55) / B3: Zoo Mousso (4:42)
Musicians from the city of Nimba N’zékékoré / Moussa Konate – Engineer Recording / Samaké Namakan – Leader. Released on Editions Syliphone Conakry Records.
Children’s Song No. 6 is recorded at Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall, Yokohama, Japan, November 28, 1999. From the CD Chick Corea Solo Piano: Originals.
While his chameleonic ways over the years have yielded some mixed results, this is Coreas “unplugged,” if you will, and at his very best. [source]
Chick Corea – Piano
[Dedicated all Children in the World. With the best wishes for the future]
The People’s Republic is the fourth track on the album of same name by Revolutionary Ensemble, recorded in 1975.
This record has a fearsome reputation that is completely undeserved. On the contrary, while the sound of strings seems strange to a jazz-trained ear, the music these people make on this record is beautiful, fragile, and — considering that it’s all completely improvised — astonishingly tight as well. These men played together for a long time, not for tangible reward, but for themselves and whoever cared to listen. This is definitely a different record, and what happens here might not even be called jazz, but the salient quality of the music is beauty, not the ferociousness one might expect. This is highly recommended, if only for the inclusion of Sirone’s bass playing, a voice that should have been recorded more often. [source]
Jerome Cooper – Vocals, Balafon, Temple Block, Wood Block, Gong, Bells
Sirone – Vocals, Bells, Shaker, Wood Block, Bass
Leroy Jenkins – Vocals, Claves, Recorder, Violin, Kalimba (Thumb Piano)