World Saxophone Quartet – Hymn For the Old Year (1977)

Hymn For the Old Year is the last track on the album Point of No Return.

Point of No Return is the debut album by the jazz group the World Saxophone Quartet released on the Moers Music label in 1977. The album features a live performance by Hamiet Bluiett, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake and David Murray recorded in June 1977 at the 6th International New Jazz Festival in Moers. [source]

Hamiet Bluiett – Baritone Saxophone
Julius Hemphill – Alto Saxophone
Oliver Lake – Alto Saxophone
David Murray – Tenor Saxophone




Charles Mingus – Flowers For A Lady (1974)

Live from Umbria Jazz Festival, Todi, Italy, July 28, 1974.

Charles Mingus – Bass
Dannie Richmond – Drums
Don Pullen – Piano
George Adams – Tenor Saxophone
Hamiet Bluiett – Baritone Saxophone



[with love; all the best wishes for the future]

Gil Evans – “Little Wing” (1986)

Recording from Gil Evans´ Concert in Jazzhouse Montmartre, Copenhagen 13. juli 1986.

Lew Soloff – Trumpet / Miles Evans – Trumpet / Shunzo Ono – Trumpet / David Taylor – Trombone / Tom Malone – Trombone / Chris Hunter – Alto Saxophone / John Surman – Barytone Saxophone /  Dave Bardien – French Horn / Delmar Brown – Keyboard / Gill Evans – Keyboard / Kenwood Dennard – Drums / Marilyn Mazur – Guest (Percussions) / Palle Mikkelborg – Guest (Trumpet)


[via Ronnie Rocket]

Hamiet Bluiett – Footprints (1983)

From the album Bearer of the Holy Flame by Hamiet Bluiett, recorded on July 25 in 1983 and released in 1984 on Black Fire.

Tracks on Bearer of the Holy Flame : Footprints / EBU / Song Song / Headless Blues / I´ll Close My Eyes / Gumbo (Vegetarian Style)

Hamiet Bluiett – Baritone Sax, Clarinet, Alto flute
John Hicks – Piano
Fred Hopkins – Bass
Marvin Smitty Smith – Drums
Chief Bey – African Drums, Percussion

Lonnie Smith – Spinning Wheel (1970)

From the album Drivers.

Drives is an album by American organist Lonnie Smith recorded in 1970 and released on the Blue Note label. [source]

All compositions by Lonnie Smith except as indicated:                                                                             1. Twenty-Five Miles (5:36) / 2. Spinning Wheel (David Clayton-Thomas)  / 3. Seven Steps to Heaven (Miles Davis, Victor Feldman  / 4. Psychedelic Pi  / 5. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Don Kirkpatric,  Keith Knox)

Ronnie Cuber – Baritone Saxophone / Joe Dukes – Drums /Larry McGee – Guitar / Lonnie Smith – Organ / Dave Hubbard – Tenor Saxophone


Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams – It’s A Beautiful Evening (1961)

It’s A Beautiful Evening is the last track on side A on the album Out Of This World by Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams Quintet. The album was recorded and released in 1961 and according to the liner notes, this album was Herbie Hancock’s first recorded performance . It’s A Beautiful Evening is composed by Dorothy Wayne and Raymond Rasch.

This set of sides recorded with the then-fledgling Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams quintet was taped for the long-defunct Warwick label. While Byrd and Adams – along with Jimmy Cobb and Charles, who is only on one track here – were veterans in Detroit before coming to the Big Apple, Herbie Hancock was a kid. His playing is the weak link here, but it nonetheless shows great promise and he acts more as an anchor for the wondrous interplay between the front line-check of Byrd´s “Bird House” or the title track or even Johnny Mercer´s “I’m an Old Cowhand” for the wooly, yet lyrical, interplay between this pair of soloists. With his rough and tumble tone punching through Byrd´s elegant and fiery lines and creating a melodically charged harmonic invention in which the interval was everything, Adams came up with a session that was as passionate and innovative as it was hip and tender. This is a hell of an introduction to both players and captures their magic as a band better than any other document that is available on CD. [source]

Donald Byrd – Trumpet
Pepper Adams – Baritone Saxophone
Herbie Hancock – Piano
Laymon Jackson – Bass
Jimmy Cobb – Drums
Teddy Charles – Vibraphone