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



Jukka Tolonen – Elements (Earth Fire Water Air) (1971)

Elemets (Earth Fire Water Air) is the first track on the album Tolonen! by Jukka Tolonen, recorded at the Finnvox studios Helsinki, Finland, Oct. 1971 and released same year at Love Records.

Jukka Tolonen (born 1952) is not only Finland’s national guitar hero but also one of the world’s most respected guitarists. For the past 4 decades, he has captivated audiences through Scandinavia and Europe with his powerful and passionate works. He remains of the the most diverse guitarists of today, being equally proficient in a blues, rock, or fusion jazz environment. [source]

Jukka Tolonen – Guitar, Piano
Heikki Virtanen – Bass
Pekka Pohjola – Bass
Reino Laine – Drums
Ronnie Österberg – Drums
Jukka Gustavson – Organ
Pekka Pöyry – Saxophone


Miles Davis – What I Say (1970)

What I Say is the first track on side B on the double album Live-Evil by Miles Davis. Much of the record (including What I Say) was recorded live at the Washington D. C. -based nightclub The Cellar Door, December, 1970 and the rest was recorded in Columbia´s Studio B, February, 1970.

Davis had originally intended the album to be a spiritual successor to Bitches Brew, but this idea was abandoned when it became obvious that Live-Evil was “something completely different”.[source]

This particular sextet was together for just under a year, from November 1970 to July 1971, when Moreira and DeJohnette left, and has until now been undocumented on official releases. It could hitherto only be heard on Davis’ classic 1971 album Live-Evil, but in altered form: guitarist John McLaughlin was added for the December 19, 1970, performance, which dramatically changed the sound of the band. [read more]

Miles Davis (Trumpet + Wah Wah)

Gary Bartz (Soprano, Alto Sax)

Keith Jarrett (Keyboard, Organ)

Jack DeJohnette (Drums)

Michael Henderson (Bass)

Airto Moreira (Percussion)



Amina Claudine Myers Trio – Jumping In The Sugar Bowl (1984)

Jumping in the Sugar Bowl is the titletrack on the album by Amina Claude Myers, recorded at Tonstudio Bauer in Ludwigsburg, Germany in March 1984.

Jumping in the Sugar Bowl is the fourth album by American pianist Amina Claude Myers featuring performances recorded in 1984 for the Minor Music label. [source]

All compositions by Amina Claudine Myers except as indicated:                                             Jumping in the Sugar Bowl / Another Day (Catherine Bowne, Amina Claudine Myers) /                 Cecil B / Guten Morgen / Mind Chambers / Cameloupe

Amina Claudine Myers – Piano, Organ, Voice

Thomas Palmer – Bass, Electric Bass

Reggie Nicholson – Percussion, Voice


Soft Machine – Third (Full Album) (1970)

Third is a 1970 double LP by Soft Machine, with each side of the original vinyl consisting of a single long composition. Its music explores the emerging jazz fusion of the type present on Miles Davis´Bitches Brew, which was released just a few months earlier. Third marks the most major of Soft Machine’s several shifts in musical genre over their career, completing their transition from psychedelic music to jazz, and is a significant milestone of the Canterbury scene, featuring interplay between the band’s personnel: … [source]

In the group’s fourteen-year existence it shifted gears more often than outfits lasting considerably longer. Beginning in the late 1960s as a psychedelic pop band with jazz tendencies, by the time CBS picked them up for a five-album run between 1970 and 1973 there was no doubt about the group’s musical intentions as a jazz-centric and mostly instrumental outfit. [read more here]

1. “Facelift” (Hugh Hopper) – 18:45
2. “Slightly All the Time” (Mike Ratledge) – 18:12
      Including: “Noisette” (Hopper), ” Backwards ” (Ratledge) and ” Noisette Reprise ” (Hopper)
3. “Moon in June” (Robert Wyatt) – 19:08
4. “Out-Bloody-Rageous” (Ratledge) – 19:10


Hugh Hopper – Bass
Robert Wyatt – Drums, Vocals
Jimmy Hastings – Flute, Bass Clarinet
Lyn Dobson – Flute, Soprano Saxophone
Mike Ratledge – Organ, Piano
Nick Evans – Trombone
Rab Spall – Violin

Miles Davis – Shhh / Peaceful (1969)

Shhh / Peaceful is side one on In a Silent Way, a studio album by Miles Davis, released July 30, 1969 on Columbia Records. The album was recorded on February 18, 1969 in New York. Incorporating elements of classical sonata form, Macero edited and arranged Davis’s recordings from the session to produce the album. In a Silent Way has been regarded by music writers as Davis’s first fusion recording, following a stylistic shift toward the genre in his previous records and live performances.

Recording in February 1969, Miles Davis seemed to pick up the vibe of what was going to go down that crazy summer. It was a tumultuous time as the sixties came to a close. First came the Manson Family, then the murder during the Stones’ Altamont show overshadowing the na’ve utopia of Woodstock. With In a Silent Way Davis seemed to sum up the dying of the light as the war and violence took over from love and peace. Certainly his most somber record since Kind of Blue , it was a reflective record that would bridge the gap from one of the greatest quintets in jazz history to the most controversial era of Miles Davis’ work. [source]

Miles Davis – Trumpet
Wayne Shorter – soprano saxophone
John McLaughlin – Electric guitar
Chick Corea – Electric Piano
Herbie Hancock – Electric piano
Joe Zawinul – Organ
Dave Holland – Double bass
Tony Williams – Drums

And here is side two of In a Silent Way; “In a Silent Way / It’s About That Time” (Joe Zawinul, Miles Davis)