Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Free For All (1964)

Incredibly high energy level. Free For All is composed by Wayne Shorter and appears on the album Free For All, recorded in Van Gelder Studio in February 1964. Yay! Shorter’s title track is one of the finest moments in the Jazz Messengers’ history. [source] Lineup: Art Blakey – drums / Cedar Walton – piano / Wayne Shorter – tenor saxophone / Freddie Hubbard – trumpet / … Continue reading Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Free For All (1964)

Max Roach & Anthony Braxton – Birth (1978)

Birth and Rebirth is an album by American jazz drummer Max Roach and saxophonist Anthony Braxton recorded in 1979 for the Italian Black Saint label. [source] “The music in this album is a result of our belief in a continuum that links the present with the past. Our spontaneous improvisations are true to those well defined principles basic to African American culture. Thank you for … Continue reading Max Roach & Anthony Braxton – Birth (1978)

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)

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)

Clifford Brown & Max Roach – Joy Spring (1955)

Recorded August, 1954 – February, 1955. According to the original 1955 liner notes to Clifford Brown and Max Roach, the announcement that Clifford Brown and Max Roach had begun recording and playing together sent shock waves throughout the jazz community and predictions ran rampant about how the two might shape bop to come. The last duo to really shape the music had begun over ten … Continue reading Clifford Brown & Max Roach – Joy Spring (1955)

Milford Graves – Response (1977)

Tracks on Meditation Among Us by Milford Graves: A: Together And Moving (19:56) / B: Response (16:04) Recorded in 1977, Meditation Among Us is the collaboration of American vanguard jazz drummer Milford Graves with a Japanese jazz quartet which included trumpeter Toshinori Kondo, saxophonist Kaoru Abe, drummer Toshi Tsuchitori (who also plays piano on this session), and bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa. There are two long selections here, credited to Graves, but they … Continue reading Milford Graves – Response (1977)