Sun Ra – The Magic City (1965)

The boundaries of Sun Ra’s self-proclaimed “space jazz” underwent a transformation in the mid-’60s. The Magic City is an aural snapshot of that metamorphic process. Many enthusiasts and scholars consider this to be among Ra’s most definitive studio recordings. [source]

Alto Saxophone – Harry Spencer / Alto Saxophone, Flute – Danny Davis / Alto Saxophone, Flute, Oboe, Piccolo Flute – Marshall Allen / Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Timpani – Pat Patrick / Bass – Ronnie Boykins / Bass Clarinet – Robert Cummings / Keyboards [Clavioline], Celesta [Electronic Celeste], Piano, Marimba [Bass], Harp [Sun Harp], Percussion [Dragon Drum], Timpani – Sun Ra / Percussion – Jimmi Johnson, Roger Blank / Tenor Saxophone – John Gilmore / Trombone – Ali Hassan, Bernard Pettaway, Teddy Nance / Trumpet – Chris Capers, Walter Miller

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Ornette Coleman – Love Words (1979)

Love Words is From the album Of Human Feelings by Ornette Coleman, recorded: April 25, 1979 at Columbia Recording Studio, N.Y., N.Y.

Of Human Feelings explores jazz-funk music and continues Coleman’s harmolodic approach to improvisation with Prime Time, whom he introduced on his 1975 album Dancing in Your Head. [source]

Denardo Coleman – Drums / Ornette Coleman – Alto Saxophone / Charlie Ellerbee – Guitar / Bern Nix – Guitar / Jamaaladeen Tacuma – Bass guitar / Calvin Weston – Drums

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[In remembrance of Ornette Coleman. Peace.]

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 listening.” – Max Roach / Anthony Braxton

Anthony Braxton – alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, sopranino saxophone, clarinet / Max Roach – drums

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[Dedicated Ronnie Rocket with a happy Birthday!]

Gil Evans – Where Flamingos Fly (1960)

From the albun Out of the Cool.

Out of the Cool is a jazz album by The Gil Evans Orchestra, recorded in 1960 and released on the Impulse! label the following year. The album was one of Impulse!’s first four albums, released together, and featured a gatefold design and high production values. [source]

Gil Evans – piano / Johnny Coles – trumpet / Phil Sunkel – trumpet / Keg Johnson – trombone / Jimmy Knepper – trombone / Tony Studd – bass trombone / Bill Barber – tuba / Ray Beckenstein – alto saxophone, flute, piccolo / Eddie Caine – alto saxophone, flute, piccolo / Budd Johnson – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone / Bob Tricarico – flute, piccolo, bassoon / Ray Crawford – guitar / Ron Carter – bass / Elvin Jones – drums / Charli Persip – drums

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Sun Ra – Friendly Galaxy (1965)

When you need to keep your brain and heart vibrating, just listen to Sun Ra and the smile will spread like wildfire. Friendly Galaxy is from the album Secrets of the Sun by Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra, recorded at the Choreographers’ Workshop in 1962 in New York and released in 1965.

This is an interesting album for Ra fans because it’s such a small band and shows how new ideas were taking hold in the music, not to mention Gilmore’s use of bass clarinet, which he stopped playing completely sometime in the ’60s. [source]

Sun Ra – Harp, Piano, Gong / John Gilmore – Space Bird Sounds, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Drums, Percussion / Art Jenkins – Space Voice / Calvin Newborn – Guitar, Electric Guitar / Marshall Allen – Flute, Alto Saxophone, Percussion / Pat Patrick – Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Bongos / Eddie Gale – Trumpet / Al Evans – Flugelhorn / Ronnie Boykins – Bass / Tommy Hunter – Drums, Tape Effects / C. Scoby Stroman – Drums / Jimmy Johnson – Percussion

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Peter Brötzmann & Sonny Sharrock – Whatthefuckdoyouwant 2 (1987)

From the album Whatthefuckdoyouwant recorded September 3, 1987.

This recording, from 1987 is a hidden gem and treasured fragment, perhaps another Rosetta Stone that allows listeners to appreciate how the jazz and rock music worlds shattered into a million pieces in the 1960s, only to reconfigure into new and challenging ways. Sharrock first met Peter Brötzmann in 1969, as the saxophonist relates in the conversation interview book with Gerard Rouy We Thought We Could Change The World (Wolke, 2014). [source]

Peter Brötzmann – Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Tárogató
Sonny Sharrock – Electric Guitar

Track list : Whatthefuckdoyouwant 1 / Whatthefuckdoyouwant 2 / Whatthefuckdoyouwant 3 / Whatthefuckdoyouwant 4 / Whatthefuckdoyouwant 5 / Whatthefuckdoyouwant 6 / Whatthefuckdoyouwant 7 / Whatthefuckdoyouwant 8 / Whatthefuckdoyouwant 9 / Whatthefuckdoyouwant 10 / Whatthefuckdoyouwant 11

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