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 still present for the extra bottom sound. [Source]

Jewels of Thought, October 20, 1969. Pharoah Sanders (ts, contrabass clarinet, reed flute, African thumb piano, orchestra chimes, perc); Leon Thomas (vcl, perc); Lonnie Liston Smith (p, African flute, African thumb piano, perc); Cecil McBee (b, perc); Idris Muhammed (d, perc); Roy Haynes (d).

[via Anders Rex]


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 complex and abstract improvisations that are generally ignored by the rhythm section who go about playing in their usual bop-oriented style. An exception is a duet with bassist Pedersen on a very spooky ‘Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,’ one of two songs on which Braxton plays contrabass clarinet. His solo on ‘Ornithology’ on that instrument is a bit silly, for the contrabass clarinet is so low that one has difficulty telling some of its notes apart from each other. [Source]

Anthony Braxton – Contrabass Clarinet
Tete Montoliu – Piano
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – Bass
Albert “Tootie” Heath – Drums

Recorded: Rosenberg Studios Copenhagen, Denmark May 29, 1974.