The Paul Horn Quintet – Mr. Bond (1960)

from the album “Something Blue” by Paul Horn, recorded march 1960.

Years before Paul Horn became famous for his pioneering new age and mood music albums, he was an adventurous bop-based improviser trying to create an alternative to the hard bop music of the era. [source]

Paul Horn – Saxophone, Flute
Emil Richards – Vibes
Jimmy Bond – Bass
Paul Moer – Piano
Billy Higgins – Drums

Composed by Paul Moer
Produced by David Axelrod

 

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Larry Young – Beyond All Limits (1965)

Beyond All Limits perfomed by Larry Young released on the album Unity in 1966.

Unity is an album by jazz organist Larry Young, released on the Blue Note label. While not free jazz, the album features innovative experimentation. The title was chosen by Young because “although everybody on the date was very much an individualist, they were all in the same frame of mood. It was evident from the start that everything was fitting together.” The album was Young’s second for Blue Note, following on from Into Somethin´. [source]

Larry Young – Hammond
Woody Shaw – Trumpet
Joe Henderson – Tenor Saxophone
Elvin Jones – Drums

 

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Ravi Coltrane – Spirit Fiction (2012)

The three first tracks Roads Cross, Klepto and Spirit Fiction from the album Spirit Fiction by Ravi Coltrane, is recorded in 2012.

Despite the metaphysical suggestion in Spirit Fiction´s title, this is Ravi Coltranes most cerebral, process-oriented recording to date. This does not mean, however, that his debut offering for Blue Note Records is dry or academic. There is an abundance of emotion and sensual detail, most of it expressed gently, with the confidence — and authority — of a veteran bandleader. [source]

Ravi Coltrane – Tenor & Soprano Saxophone
Luis Perdomo –  Piano
Drew Gress – Bass
E.J. Strickland – Drums
Ralph Alessi – Trumpet
Geri Allen – Piano
James Genus – Bass
Eric Harland – Drums

 

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Arthur Blythe – Carespin’ With Mamie (1980)

From the album Illusions by Arthur Blythe, recorded at CBS Recording Studios, New York , 1980.

It is surprising how artistically productive altoist Arthur Blythe was during his period on Columbia. Despite the hype and Columbia’s reputation for pressuring artists to play mass-appeal music, Blythe´s recordings for that label are inventive and creative. For this, his third Columbia release, Blythe uses two different groups: an “in the tradition” quartet with pianist John Hicks, bassist Fred Hopkins, and drummer Steve McCall, and a more eccentric unit with guitarist James Blood Ulmer, cellist Abdul Wadud, tuba player Bob Stewart, and drummer Bobby Battle. No matter the setting, the distinctive alto of Blythe is heard in top form on six of his unusual originals. It’s recommended. [source]

Bob Stewart – Tuba
James Blood Ulmer – Electric Guitar
Bobby Battle – Drums
Arthur Blythe – Alto Saxophone
Abdul Wadud – Cello

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