Pharoah Sanders – Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah (1969)

In 1969, Pharoah Sanders was incredibly active, recording no less than four albums and releasing three. The band on Jewels of Thought is largely the same as on Deaf Dumb Blind and Karma, with a few changes. Idris Muhammad has, with the exception of Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah Hum Allah, replaced Roy Haynes, and Richard Davis has permanently replaced Reggie Workman and Ron Carter, though Cecil McBee is … Continue reading Pharoah Sanders – Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah-Hum-Allah (1969)

Anthony Braxton Quartet – Ornithology (1974)

The great avant-gardist Anthony Braxton threw the jazz world a curve with this album (and its second volume). Braxton, filling in for an ill Dexter Gordon, was joined by pianist Tete Montoliu, bassist Niels Pedersen and drummer Tootie Heath for a set of five jazz standards. After playing the melodies fairly straight, Braxton tears into Warne Marsh’s ‘Marshmallow,’ ‘Just Friends’ and ‘Lush Life’ with very … Continue reading Anthony Braxton Quartet – Ornithology (1974)