Bill Evans / Jim Hall – Stairway to the Stars (1962)

Bonustrack on the CD reissue of the album Undercurrent by Bill Evans and Jim Hall.

Bill Evans – piano / Jim Hall – guitar

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Chick Corea Elektric Band – Elektric City (1986)

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The Chick Corea Elektric Band is an album by jazz fusion keyboard player Chick Corea, released in 1986. It is the eponymous debut album of the Chick Corea Elektric Band, which at that time also featured drummer Dave Weckl, bass player John Patitucci and guitarists Scott Henderson and Carlos Rios.

This album can be described as “jazz-rock”, though it is much closer to traditional jazz than the jazz-rock albums of the 1970s. The keyboard sounds on the album are typical for the mid-1980s. The drums played by Dave Weckl dominate the album’s sound, with the guitar duties split between Scott Henderson and Carlos Rios.

The album features a heavy use of FM synthesis, MIDI and drum programming, expanding on Corea’s previous work in later lineups of Return to Forever and reflecting the technology of the time when it was conceived and recorded.

Roland Kirk – I Talk With The Spirits (1964)

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I Talk with the Spirits is a 1964 album by Roland Kirk. On this album, Kirk only plays flutes, and no saxophone or other instruments. It is notable as being the first appearance of the song “Serenade to a Cuckoo”, later covered by Jethro Tull. It was released on CD but is now out of print. It is currently available as digital download on iTunes and Amazon.

Personnel:

Roland Kirk: flute, alto flute, amplified flute, African wood flute, vocal interjections, cuckoo clock, music box
Bobby Moses: vibraphone
Horace Parlan: piano, celeste
Michael Fleming: bass
Walter Perkins: drums, percussion
Cyristal-Joy Albert: vocals

John Coltrane – Hank Mobley – Johnny Griffin Septet – Smoke Stack (1957)

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Recorded: Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, April 6, 1957.

Personnel:
Lee Morgan – Trumpet
John Coltrane, Johnny Griffin, Hank Mobley – Tenor Sax
Wynton Kelly – Piano
Paul Chambers – Bass
Art Blakey – Drums

This “Blowing Session” was the only time tenor saxophonists Johnny Griffin and John Coltrane would play together on record. Initially Coltrane wasn’t scheduled to be on this date, but Griffin saw him on his way to Rudy Van Gelder’s studio that day and asked him to join the group.
He agreed.