Graham Moncur III – Some Other Stuff (1964) (full album)

According to Moncur, “Gnostic”, a free jazz piece “which eliminates a pulsating meter”, should represent the achievement of salvation through the expression of knowledge and wisdom. “Thandiwa” means “beloved one” in the Zulu language, and it is the least experimental track of the album.With “The Twins”, built off only one chord, he wanted to portrait his twin brothers; he considered the rhythm the focal point of the composition.”Nomadic” is centered on a drum solo by Tony Williams. [source]

Graham Moncur III was one of the top trombonists of the jazz avant-garde in the 1960s although he had only a few chances to lead his own record sessions. This 1964 set (which has been reissued on CD) was one of his finest, a quintet outing with bassist Cecil McBee, two of the members of the Miles Davis Quintet (pianist Herbie Hancock and drummer Tony Williams), and tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter  just a brief time before he joined Miles. The group performs four of Moncur´s challenging originals, including “Nomadic” (which is largely a drum solo) and “The Twins,” which is built off of one chord. None of the compositions caught on but the strong and very individual improvising of the young musicians is enough of a reason to acquire the advanced music. [source]

Tracks: Gnostic  (11:46) / Thandiwa (8:21) / The Twins (12:55) / Nomadic ( 7:43)

Line up:
Cecil McBee – Bass
Anthony Williams – Drums
Herbie Hancock – Piano
Wayne Shorter – Tenor Saxophone
Grachan Moncur III – Trombone




Don Cherry – Eternal Rhythm (1968) (full album)

Eternal Rhythm is a live jazz album composed by Don Cherry. It was recorded at the Berlin Jazz Festival in 1968. [source]

Tracks: A. Eternal Rhythm Part 1 (17:45) / B. Eternal Rhythm Part 2 (23:37)

Albert Mangelsdorff – Trombone
Eje Thelin – Trombone
Bernt Rosengren – Tenor Saxophone, Oboe, Clarinet, Flute
Sonny Sharrock – Guitar
Karl Berger – Vibraphone, Piano, Gender (Gamelan)
Joachim Kühn – Piano, Prepared Piano
Arild Andersen – Bass
Jacques Thollot – Drums, Saron (gamelan), Gong, Bells, Voice
Don Cherry  – Cornet, Gender and Saron (Gamelan), Bengali, Flute in A, Bamboo Flute in C, Metal Flute in B flat, Plastic Flute in C, Haitian Guard, Northern Bells, Voice



Gil Evans – “Little Wing” (1986)

Recording from Gil Evans´ Concert in Jazzhouse Montmartre, Copenhagen 13. juli 1986.

Lew Soloff – Trumpet / Miles Evans – Trumpet / Shunzo Ono – Trumpet / David Taylor – Trombone / Tom Malone – Trombone / Chris Hunter – Alto Saxophone / John Surman – Barytone Saxophone /  Dave Bardien – French Horn / Delmar Brown – Keyboard / Gill Evans – Keyboard / Kenwood Dennard – Drums / Marilyn Mazur – Guest (Percussions) / Palle Mikkelborg – Guest (Trumpet)


[via Ronnie Rocket]

Human Arts Ensemble with Oliver Lake & Lester Bowie – Under The Sun (1973) (full album)

Under The Sun is recorded in July 1973 in St. Louis, Missouri under the sun. The album is produced by the Committee for Universal Justice and released in 1974 on Universial Justice Records.

Side A. “Lover´s Desire” (26:00) is a free music symphony based on an Afganistan folk melody, ‘Lover’s Desire’  transcribed from radio Kabul. Arranged by Charles W. Shaw, James Marshall, Marty Ehrlich.                                                                                                                                     Side B. “Hazrat, The Sufi” (22:00) is composed by James Marshall and arranged by Charles W. Shaw, James Marshall, Marty Ehrlich.

Lester Bowie – Trumpet
Oliver Lake – Alto Sax
Marty Erlich – Alto Sax, Tin Flute, Small Instruments
Carol Marshall – Vocal and Small Instruments
James Marshall – Alto Sax, Wooden Flutes, Punji (Snake Charmer Flute), Small Instruments
J.D. Parran – Bass Clarinet, Soprano Sax, Flute, Piccolo, Harmonica, Small Instruments
Victor Reef – Trombone
Charles Bobo Shaw, Jr – Drums
Butch Smith – Bass
Abdallah Yakub – Percussion, Small Instruments, Voice
Alan Suits – Tamboura
Vincent Terrell – Cello



Terry Riley – Music for the Gift III (1963)

Music for the Gift in 5 pieces, is recorded in Paris at Radio France in 1963. Music for the Gift part three is from the CD of same name by Terry Riley, released in 2000 on Cortial Foundation.

This is the kick-off CD in the Terry Riley Archive Series sponsored by the Cortical Foundation label under their new imprint, Organ of Corti. This CD brings together four important early tape works by Riley and reveals how deeply he influenced so much of the tape-delay, cut-and-splice method of music creation begun in the late ’60s. “The Gift” is the work that opens the album, a jazz piece performed by Chet Baker with his quartet, and featuring tape manipulations by Riley using a delay mechanism through two looped tape recorders. All of it performed live for French radio. Over five sections the jazz quartet is eventually displaced and becomes part of a unit of sound that repeats itself, over and over again, whether it be the trumpet, a vocal, or the rhythm section, creating — unintentionally, of course — the precursor to the work that would become “In C,” and create the entire minimalist movement. [source]

Luigi Trussardi – Bass
George Solano – Drums
Terry Riley – Tape (manipulation)
Luis Fuentes – Trombone
Chet Baker – Trumpet
John Graham – Voice























[with thanks to Adrian Aurelius]

Lee Konitz and Albert Mangelsdorff – Art of the Duo (1983)

Art of the Duo is recorded in 1983 and released in 1989 on Enja Records. These conversations between the american duo-lover Lee Konitz and german Albert Mangelsdorff is not swinging in the traditional sense but leaves some air and room for reflection for the listener. This blogpost do not contain the complete album, because the first track on both sides are missing, side  A, Hot Hut and side B, Minor Blues In F.

Konitz creates tasty lines with souffle-like lightness, and when Mangeldorff breaks free he provides some gruff, complementary solos. His use of mute on “Creole Love Call” offers a break from the session’s monochromaticism. Konitz also brings some fetching originals to the session, notably “A Minor Blues in F” and “Cher Ami,” which feature the kind of freewheeling counterpoint that would have been welcomed throughout The Lee Konitz Duets. [source]

Side A: Hot Hut (3:56 ) / She’s As Wild As Springtime (3:09) / Inclination (4:54) / I Wonder What She’s Doing Right Now (1:55) / About Time We Looked At This (3:57)

Side B : Minor Blues In F (3:16) / Matti’s Matter (7:35) / Cher Ami (2:49) / En Passant (2:21) / Bloas (3:40)

Albert Mangelsdorff – Trombone
Lee Konitz as – Alt Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone




Dizzy Gillespie And Lalo Schifrin – Ozone Madness (1977)

Free Ride is an album by trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie  which was composed, arranged and conducted by Lalo Scfifrin, recorded in 1977 and released on the Pablo label. The album represents the first collaboration between the two since The New Continent  in 1962.  [source]

Although Lalo Schifrin is justifiably praised for his soundtrack work, many jazz purists turn up their noses at his jazz dates, such as his ’60s work with Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery. The things that make Schifrin an anathema to the diehards — the huge orchestras, the pop and soul riffs, the general air of over the top theatricality — are all over 1977’s Free Ride, his reunion date with Dizzy Gillespie. (Schifrin had been Gillespie’s arranger in the late ’50s.) In fact, Free Ride is so painfully dated that it’s transformed into cockeyed cool, just the sort of record ironic hipsters should listen to while they’re reading the novelizations of ’70s cop shows that they bought for a bundle off of eBay. Gillespie plays with his usual wit and panache, but most of the time, he sounds like a sideman on his own album; the real focus of Schifrin’s arrangements is the funky wah-wah guitars and ARP synthesizer solos that take center stage on tracks like “Fire Dance” (which sounds exactly like it should be the theme for a Charlie’s Angels spinoff) and the mellow disco of the closing “Last Stroke of Midnight.” Occasionally, Gillespie gets to break out on his own album, with the lovely solo on “Love Poem for Donna” his particular standout. For what it is, Free Ride is really quite good (guests include Lee Ritenour and future star Ray Parker, Jr), but it’s very much a record of and for its time. [source]

All compositions by Lalo Schifrin: 1. Unicorn (6:48) / 2. Fire Dance (4:25) / 3. Incantation (6:40) / 4. Wrong Number (4:36) / 5. Free Ride (5:22) / 6. Ozone Madness (6:34) / 7. Love Poem for Donna (4:33) / The Last Stroke of Midnight (4:29)

Credits :
Wilton Felder – Bass
Ed Greene – Drums
Lee Ritenour – Electric Guitar
Sonny Burke – Electric Piano
Jerome Richardson – Flute
Lalo Schifrin – Keyboards [Electronic Keyboards]
Paulinho Da Costa – Percussion
Sonny Burke – Piano
Ernie Watts – Saxophone
Lew McCreary – Trombone
Dizzy Gillespie – Trumpet
Ray Parker, Jr – Wah Wah Watson
James Horn – Flute , Saxophone
Jack H. Laubach – Trumpet
Oscar Brashearercussion – Trumpet