Roland Kirk – Many Blessings (1968)

From the album The Inflated Tear by Roland Kirk, recorded the 10th of May 1968 and previously released as Atlantic SC 1502 (15th of June 1968). The debut recording by Roland Kirk (this was still pre-Rahsaan) on Atlantic Records, the same label that gave us Blacknuss and Volunteered Slavery, is not the blowing fest one might expect upon hearing it for the first time. In fact, producer … Continue reading Roland Kirk – Many Blessings (1968)

Roland Kirk – The Black and Crazy Blues

From the album The Inflated Tear by Roland Kirk, recorded the 10th of May 1968 and previously released as Atlantic SC 1502 (15th of June 1968). The Inflated Tear is an album by Roland Kirk released in 1968. One of his most popular albums and sometimes regarded as his magnum opus, it established his reputation as a jazz composer and earned him a modicum of respect in music circles … Continue reading Roland Kirk – The Black and Crazy Blues

Charles Mingus – Passions Of A Man (1961)

Passions Of A Man is from the album Oh Yeah by Charles Mingus. Mingus had always had a bizarre sense of humor, as expressed in some of his song titles and arranging devices, but Oh Yeah often gets downright warped. That’s partly because Mingus is freed up to vocalize more often, but it’s also due to the presence of mad genius Roland Kirk. His chemistry with Mingus is fantastically … Continue reading Charles Mingus – Passions Of A Man (1961)

The amazing dream team of Amiri Baraka akka Leroy Jones – live at a tv show (1968)

Warning: This is maybe not jazz, but it will definitely jazz up your day !! Using synched movements and poetry, the kids address various issues from inequality to the lack of a well-rounded black history curriculum in the schools. One girl states affectingly: “We are taught to hate ourselves…America, why did you bring us here?” But the underlying message from Jones through these kids is the … Continue reading The amazing dream team of Amiri Baraka akka Leroy Jones – live at a tv show (1968)

Francois Tusques – Dialogue II (1967)

From the album Le Nouveau Jazz by Francois Tusques, recorded in Paris on January 16 and February 15, 1967 and released on Mouloudji Records. Pianist and composer François Tusques, while almost unknown outside his native France, is certainly among the rare few in European jazz, not only as a crucial figure in the development of the music in his sector of the continent, but so crucial that he … Continue reading Francois Tusques – Dialogue II (1967)

Clifford Thornton – Pan African Festival (1969)

From the album Ketchaoua by Clifford Thornton , recorded August 18, 1969 in Paris , France. Released on  BYG records in 1969. Clifford Thornton’s only Actuel date as a leader is, like many of the others in this BYG series, an all-star blowing session highly indicative of the times. For some, it will be difficult to tell whether taking credit for composing these pieces is a lost cause. … Continue reading Clifford Thornton – Pan African Festival (1969)