Ahmed Abdullah – Life’s Force (1979)

Life’s Force is composed by Ahmed Abdullah and is the last track on his album by same name. It is recorded in New York City and was released in 1979.

The short-lived About Time label started off with this stimulating release from trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah. Abdullah, who has an appealing tone and an adventurous style, heads a sextet also including the french horn of Vincent Chancey, vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, cellist Munneer Abdul Fatah, bassist Jerome Hunter and drummer Rashied Sinan for explorations of five of his compositions plus Cal Massey´s “Assunata.” The unusual blend of colorful instruments is the prime reason to pick up this obscure Lp. [source]

Tracks: Eternal Spiraling Spirit / Assunta / Qhude / Song Of Tenderness / A Long Time Black / Life’s Force

Line Up : Jerome Hunter – Bass  / Muneer Abdul Fatah – Cello /  Rashied Sinan – Drums / Vincent Chancey – French Horn / Ahmed Abdullah – Trumpet / Jay Hoggard – Vibraphone



Matthew Shipp – Cohesion (2002)

Cohesion is the third track on the CD Equilibrium by the american pianist Matthew Shipp.

Equilibrium is a more complex extension of Shipp´s last album for the label, the stunning Nu Bop. Here, employing the talents of bassist William Parker, drummer Gerald Cleaver, vibraphonist Khan Jamal, and electronics and programming whiz FLAM, Shipp moves to extend the reach of all of his previous musical excursions by putting them all to work on a single recording. [source]

Tracks: Vamp To Vibe / Nebula Theory / Cohesion / World Of Blue Glass / Portal / The Root / The Key / Nu Matrix

Khan Jamal – Vibraphone
William Parker – Bass
Gerald Cleaver – Drums
Matthew Shipp – Piano
FLAM – synthesizers, electronics


Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams – It’s A Beautiful Evening (1961)

It’s A Beautiful Evening is the last track on side A on the album Out Of This World by Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams Quintet. The album was recorded and released in 1961 and according to the liner notes, this album was Herbie Hancock’s first recorded performance . It’s A Beautiful Evening is composed by Dorothy Wayne and Raymond Rasch.

This set of sides recorded with the then-fledgling Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams quintet was taped for the long-defunct Warwick label. While Byrd and Adams – along with Jimmy Cobb and Charles, who is only on one track here – were veterans in Detroit before coming to the Big Apple, Herbie Hancock was a kid. His playing is the weak link here, but it nonetheless shows great promise and he acts more as an anchor for the wondrous interplay between the front line-check of Byrd´s “Bird House” or the title track or even Johnny Mercer´s “I’m an Old Cowhand” for the wooly, yet lyrical, interplay between this pair of soloists. With his rough and tumble tone punching through Byrd´s elegant and fiery lines and creating a melodically charged harmonic invention in which the interval was everything, Adams came up with a session that was as passionate and innovative as it was hip and tender. This is a hell of an introduction to both players and captures their magic as a band better than any other document that is available on CD. [source]

Donald Byrd – Trumpet
Pepper Adams – Baritone Saxophone
Herbie Hancock – Piano
Laymon Jackson – Bass
Jimmy Cobb – Drums
Teddy Charles – Vibraphone


Bobby Hutcherson – Inner Glow (1975)

Inner Glow is an album by American jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson recorded in 1975 and originally released on the Japanese Blue Note label. While never issued in the U.S. the tracks were included on the Mosaic Records box set Mosaic Select 26: Bobby Hutcherson released in 2007. [source]

Tracks: Boodaa / Cowboy Bob / Searchin’ the Trane / Inner Glow / Roses Poses


Oscar Brashear – Trumpet

Thurman Green – Trombone

Harold Land – Tenor Saxophone

Bobby Hutcherson – Marimba, Vibraphone

Dwight Dickenson – Piano

Kent Brinkley – Bass

Larry Hancock – Drums


Wayne Shorter – Wind (1970)

Wind is the first track on Wayne Shorters Odyssey of Isaka, recorded at the A&R Studios, New York City on August 26, 1970.

Odyssey of Iska is a 1971 album by American jazz composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter, released on Blue Note Records. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states “On the verge of joining Weather Report (referred to in the liner notes as ‘Weather Forecast’), it is not surprising that Shorter’s originals include titles such as ‘Wind,’ ‘Storm,’ and “Calm’. These moody works were never covered by other jazz players but they work quite well in this context, launching melancholy flights by Shorter”. The percussionist/drummer on this album, Frank Cuomo, is the father of rock group Weezer’s frontman, Rivers Cuomo. [source]

Tracks: 1. “Wind” (8:00)  /  2. “Storm” (8:22)  /  3. “Calm” (3:25)  /  4. “Depois Do Amor, O Vazio” (After Love, Emptiness) (11:40)  /  5.”Joy” (9:00)

Wayne Shorter – Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone  /  Gene Bertoncini – Guitar  /  Cecil McBee – Bass  /  Ron Carter – Bass  /  Alphonse Mouzon – Drums  /  Billy Hart – Drums  /  Frank Cuomo – Drums, Percussion  /  David Friedman – Vibraphone, Marimba

Listen also to Storm:

Listen also to Joy:


Harold Land Quintet – Stylin’ (1968)

An unrecognized classic. The Peace-Maker is one of the high-points of the Hutcherson-Land collaboration. Until recently, it wasn’t even available on CD. But it was re-issued in Japan. It’s worth paying the high-cost import price for this disc. It’s wonderful. [Source]

Personnel: Harold Land (ts, fl); Bobby Hutcherson (vib); Joe Sample (p); Buster Williams (b); Donald Bailey (d, harm). Recording Date & Location: 11 Dec 1967; 26 Feb 1968, Hollywood, CA.