Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane – Why Was I Born ? (1958)

Why Was I Born ? is the fourth track on the album Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane, recorded in Hackensack, NJ, March 7, 1958. Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane is an album credited to jazz  musicians Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane. It was originally released on the New Jazz label as NJ 8276 in 1963, then reissued in 1967 on Prestige as PRLP 7532, with a different cover and retitled The Kenny … Continue reading Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane – Why Was I Born ? (1958)

Miles Davis Quintet – Freedom Jazz Dance (1966)

Freedom Jazz Dance, written by Eddie Harris, is the second track on the B-side of the album Miles Smiles  by Miles Davis Quintet. Miles Smiles is an album by jazz musician Miles Davis, released in January 1967 on Columbia Records. It was recorded by Davis and his second quintet at Columbia 30th Street Studio in New York City on October 24 and October 25, 1966. It is the second of five … Continue reading Miles Davis Quintet – Freedom Jazz Dance (1966)

Sonny Murray – Black Art (read by Amiri Baraka) (1965)

Black Art read by Amiri Baraka is the last track on the album Sonny’s Time Now  by Sonny Murray. Recorded in NY, November 1965. Murray’s first album as a leader, originally released on Amiri Baraka’s Jihad label in 1965. Particularly of note is the Amiri Baraka (then-Leroi Jones) recitation, “Black Art.” While not altogether different than “Sweet-Black Dada Nihilismus,” a similar reading from the self-titled New York Art … Continue reading Sonny Murray – Black Art (read by Amiri Baraka) (1965)

Booker Little – Moods In Free Time (1961)

Moods In Free Time is from the album Out Front by Booker Little, recorded in New York, spring 1961, and first released on Candid ame year. Booker Little was the first trumpet soloist to emerge in jazz after the death of Clifford Brown to have his own sound. His tragically brief life (he died at age 23 later in 1961) cut short what would have certainly been a major career. … Continue reading Booker Little – Moods In Free Time (1961)

Pharoah Sanders – Balance (1969)

Balance is second track on Izipho Zam (My Gifts) by Pharoah Sanders, recorded January 14, 1969 and released on Strata-East in 1973. Two years after the death of his mentor and boss, John Coltrane, and just before signing his own contract with Impulse!, Pharoah Sanders finally got around to releasing an album as a leader apart from the Impulse! family. Enlisting a cast of characters no less than 13 … Continue reading Pharoah Sanders – Balance (1969)

Bill Dixon & Exlploding Star Orchestra – Constellations For Innerlight Projections (For Bill Dixon) (2007)

A live-in-the-studio recording documenting the material debuted at a 2007 Chicago gig by free jazz legend Bill Dixon and fellow trumpeter Rob Mazurek´s current group the Exploding Star Orchestra, this set consists of Dixon´s two-part “Entrances” and Mazurek´s “Constellations for Innerlight Projections (For Bill Dixon).” [source] Matthew Lux – Bass Matt Bauder – Clarinet, Saxophone Josh Berman – Cornet Jason Ajemian – Double Bass John Herndon – Drums Mike Reed – Drums, Timpani Nicole … Continue reading Bill Dixon & Exlploding Star Orchestra – Constellations For Innerlight Projections (For Bill Dixon) (2007)

Archie Shepp / Bill Dixon Quartet – Somewhere (1962)

Somewhere is the last track on the album Bill Dixon Quartet by Archie Shepp, recorded in New York, October 1962 and released on BYG Records. Archie Shepp – Bill Dixon Quartet is the debut album by saxophonist Archie Shepp and trumpeter Dill Dixon released on the Savoy label in 1962. The album features three performances by Shepp & Dixon with Don Moore and Paul Cohen and a version of Ornette Coleman´s composition “Peace” with Reggie Workman and … Continue reading Archie Shepp / Bill Dixon Quartet – Somewhere (1962)