Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Satin Doll (1962)

From the movie JAZZ FESTIVAL, Vol. 2 – Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, recorded 9 January 1962. Ray Nance – Trumpet / Shorty Baker – Trumpet / Cat Anderson – Trumpet / Bill Berry – Trumpet / Ed Mullens – Trumpet / Lawrence Brown – Trombone / Leon Cox – Trombone / Chuck Connors – Trombone  / Russell Procope – Alt Saxophone / Johnny Hodges – Alt Saxophone / Paul … Continue reading Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Satin Doll (1962)

Charles Mingus – Love Chant (1956)

Pithecanthropus Erectus is a 1956 album by jazz composer and bassist Charles Mingus. Mingus noted that this was the first album where he taught arrangements to his musicians by ear in lieu of writing everything down. [source] Tracks on Pithecanthropus Erectus: 1. Pithecanthropus Erectus – 10:36 / 2. A Foggy Day – 7:50 (George Gershwin) / 3. Profile of Jackie” – 3:11 / 4. Love Chant – 14:59 Line up: … Continue reading Charles Mingus – Love Chant (1956)

Ornette Coleman – All My Life (1971)

All My Life is from Ornette Colemans album Science Fiction, recorded in 1971 and released in 1972 on Columbia Records. Science Fiction was Ornette Colemans creative rebirth, a stunningly inventive and appropriately alien-sounding blast of manic energy. Coleman pulls out all the stops, working with a variety of different lineups and cramming the record full of fresh ideas and memorable themes. Bassist Charlie Haden and drummers Billy Higgins and/or Ed Blackwell are … Continue reading Ornette Coleman – All My Life (1971)

Don Rendell & Ian Carr – Black Marigolds (1968)

Don Rendell Ian Carr from 1968 accompanied by Michael Garrick – Piano; Dave Green – Bass; Trevor Tomkins – Drums. An essential piece of British jazz – end of story. [source] Dave Green –  Bass Trevor Tomkins – Drums Michael Garrick – Piano Don Rendell – Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute Ian Carr – Trumpet, Flugelhorn   Continue reading Don Rendell & Ian Carr – Black Marigolds (1968)

Pharoah Sanders – The Healing Song (1971)

From Live at the East by Pharoah Sanders. Another spiritual jazz gem- “Live at the East” is one of the most consistently and astonishingly brilliant albums Pharoah Sanders has ever put out. This is somewhat surprising as Sanders was without both pianist Lonnie Liston Smith and vocalist Leon Thomas, both of whom contributed heavily to his previous albums and their success. In their place, Sanders had a pianist … Continue reading Pharoah Sanders – The Healing Song (1971)

Max Roach / Abdullah Ibrahim – Streams of Consciousness (1977)

This duo is the title track on the album Streams of Consciousness by Abdullah Ibrahim and Max Roach. Abdullah Ibrahim, then known as Dollar Brand, went into the studio with Max Roach on September 20, 1977. In his brief but all-encompassing notes, Roach says that there were no rehearsals and no plans as to what they were going to record. Sure, it is said that they were … Continue reading Max Roach / Abdullah Ibrahim – Streams of Consciousness (1977)