John Taylor, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler – Azimuth (1977)

In the late seventies vocalist Norma Winstone joined pianist John Taylor and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler to form the group AZIMUTH, which was described by Richard Williams of The Times as “one of the most imaginatively conceived and delicately balanced of all contemporary chamber jazz groups“. In this setting she combines the instrumental use of the voice with words, most of which she writes herself. AZIMUTH … Continue reading John Taylor, Norma Winstone, Kenny Wheeler – Azimuth (1977)

Roland Kirk Quartet featuring Elvin Jones – Rip, Rig and Panic (1965)

Title track from the album Rip, Rig & Panic by The Roland Kirk Quartet, Featuring Elvin Jones. The title of the album was explained by Kirk in the liner notes as follows: “Rip means Rip Van Winkle (or Rest in Peace?); it’s the way people, even musicians are. They’re asleep. Rig means like rigor mortis. That’s where a lot of peoples mind are. When they … Continue reading Roland Kirk Quartet featuring Elvin Jones – Rip, Rig and Panic (1965)

Gigi Gryce – The Rat Race Blues (1960)

Titletrack on the album The Rat Race Blues by Gigi Gryce Featuring Richard Williams, recorded June 7th 1960. The next to last album before Gigi Gryce permanently dropped out of jazz. The group swings its way through two of Gryce’s lesser-known originals and three then-recent obscurities. Interesting and generally fresh straight-ahead jazz. [source] Lineup: Gigi Gryce – Alto Saxophone / Richard Williams – Trumpet / Richard Wyands – Piano / … Continue reading Gigi Gryce – The Rat Race Blues (1960)

Guy Warren – J.A.I.S.I (Jazz As I See It) (1954)

J.A.I.S.I (Jazz As I See It) is last track on side A of the album Africa Speaks America Answers by Guy Warren With The Red Saunders Orchestra. Guy Warren of Ghana (or Kofi Ghanaba) (4 May 1923 – 22 December 2008) was a Ghanaian musician, best known as the inventor of Afro-jazz and as a member of The Tempos. His virtuosity on the African drums earned … Continue reading Guy Warren – J.A.I.S.I (Jazz As I See It) (1954)

John Coltrane – The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost (1965)

The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost is first track on the album Medtiations by John Coltrane, recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, on November 23, 1965. The year 1965 was a turning point in the life of John Coltrane. It was at this point that he crossed the line into the free jazz arena that he had been approaching since the early … Continue reading John Coltrane – The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost (1965)

Charlie Parker and Miles Davis – Embraceable You (1947)

This version of the composition Embraceable You original with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin is recorded at WOR Studios, NYC, Tuesday October 28, 1947. Personnel: Charlie Parker – Alto Sax Miles Davis – Trumpet Irving “Duke” Jordan – Piano Tommy Potter – Bass Max Roach – Drums Continue reading Charlie Parker and Miles Davis – Embraceable You (1947)

Aldo Romano, Louis Sclavis, Henri Texier – Annobon (1994 – 1995)

From the album Le Querrec: Carnet de Routes by the trio of Romano/Sclavis/Texier, recorded and mixed from 1994 to 1995 at Studio de la Maison de la Culture d’Amiens. This recording from the West African tours of the Romano/Sclavis/Texier trio in the early ’90s is one in a series of three. That this band played in Africa and was documented by photographer Guy LeQuerrec was … Continue reading Aldo Romano, Louis Sclavis, Henri Texier – Annobon (1994 – 1995)