Archie Shepp & Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – Ornithology (1980)

From the duet album Looking At Bird by Archie Shepp & Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, recorded February 7, 1980. Ornithology is originally Written by Benny Harris.

Archie Shepp pays tribute to Bird not by copying him, but by being creative and playing Parker´s repertoire in his own sound. Recommended. [source]

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen -Bass / Archie Shepp – Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone



John Coltrane Quartet – What’s New? (1962)

From the album Ballads by John Coltrane, Recorded 1961 and 1962.

Critic Gene Lees stated that the quartet had never played the tunes before. “They arrived with music-store sheet music of the songs” and just before the recordings, they “would discuss each tune, write out copies of the changes they’d use, semi-rehearse for a half hour and then do it”. Each piece was recorded in one take, except for “All or Nothing at All” [source]

Personel: John Coltrane – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone / McCoy Tyner – piano / Jimmy Garrison – bass / Elvin Jones – drums


Sidney Bechet – Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me (1951)

Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me is recorded November 5, 1951 and appears on The Fabulous Sidney Bechet.

Bechet was in his twilight years at the time of these recordings, and still his soprano sax playing is extremely forceful, cutting through the six-piece ensembles like a beacon, loud as anything yet devoid of stridency. The music is old-school New Orleans swing, and this at a time when bebop and cool were the state of the art. [source]

George “Pops” Forster* – Bass  / Manzie Johnson – Drums  / Don Kirkpatrick – Piano  / Sidney Bechet – Soprano Saxophone / Jimmy Archey – Trombone / Sidney De Paris – Trumpet


Ravi Coltrane – Spirit Fiction (2012)

The three first tracks Roads Cross, Klepto and Spirit Fiction from the album Spirit Fiction by Ravi Coltrane, is recorded in 2012.

Despite the metaphysical suggestion in Spirit Fiction´s title, this is Ravi Coltranes most cerebral, process-oriented recording to date. This does not mean, however, that his debut offering for Blue Note Records is dry or academic. There is an abundance of emotion and sensual detail, most of it expressed gently, with the confidence — and authority — of a veteran bandleader. [source]

Ravi Coltrane – Tenor & Soprano Saxophone
Luis Perdomo –  Piano
Drew Gress – Bass
E.J. Strickland – Drums
Ralph Alessi – Trumpet
Geri Allen – Piano
James Genus – Bass
Eric Harland – Drums



Don Rendell & Ian Carr – Black Marigolds (1968)

Don Rendell Ian Carr from 1968 accompanied by Michael Garrick – Piano; Dave Green – Bass; Trevor Tomkins – Drums.
An essential piece of British jazz – end of story. [source]

Dave Green –  Bass
Trevor Tomkins – Drums
Michael Garrick – Piano
Don Rendell – Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute
Ian Carr – Trumpet, Flugelhorn



Sidney Bechet – Petite Fleur (1954)

Petite Fleur is recorded at the Olympia Concert Paris, December 8, 1954.

Bechet relocated to France in 1950 after performing as a soloist at the Paris Jazz Fair. His performance at the fair resulted in a surge in his popularity in France. After that, Bechet had little problem finding well-paid work in France. In 1951, Bechet married Elisabeth Ziegler in Antibes, France.

In 1953, he signed a recording contract with French Vogue, which lasted for the rest of his life. He recorded many hit tunes, including “Les Oignons”, “Promenade aux Champ Elysees,” and the international hit “Petite Fleur”. He also composed a classical ballet score in the late Romantic style of Tchaikovsky, called La Nuit est sorcière (The Night Is a Witch). Existentialists in France called him “le dieu”. [source]

Sidney Bechet – Soprano Saxophone / Roland Bianchini – Bass / Marcel Blanche – Drums / Pierre Dervaux – Trumpet / Claude Luter – Clarinet / Claude Philippe – Banjo /                   Benny Vasseur – Trombone / Gilles Thibault – Trompet / Yannick Singery – Piano



[via Ronnie Rocket, thanks a lot]