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, … Continue reading Sun Ra – The Magic City (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 … Continue reading Sun Ra – Friendly Galaxy (1965)
Written by Chief Bay and Hamiet Bluiett, From the album Dangerously Suite by Hamiet Bluiett, Recorded April 9, 1981 . Hamiet Bluiett – Baritone Saxophone, Alto Clarinet / Buster Williams -Bass / Jabali Billy Hart -Drums / Chief Bay -Percussion [Bata, Shakera, Ashiko] / Bob Neloms – Piano / Irene Datcher – Vocals Continue reading Hamiet Bluiett – Rain Shout (1981)
Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an African-American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although she began her career in the 1920s singing blues. [source] Johnny Hodges – Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone / Fred Guy – Banjo, Guitar / Harry Carney – Baritone Saxophone / … Continue reading Ethel Waters With Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (1932)
Gwotet is an album by David Murray released on the Justin Time label. Recorded in 2003 and released in 2004 the album features performances by Murray and the Gwo-Ka Masters with Pharoah Sanders. [source] A rich tapestry of Afro-Caribbean rhythms and one of the most compelling albums in years from David Murray! [source] David Murray – tenor saxophone / Leonardo Alarcon – trombone / Angel … Continue reading David Murray & The Gwo-Ka Masters Featuring Pharoah Sanders – Gwotet (2003).
Recorded in NY, 1949, Godchild is the first track on side B on the album Birth of the Cool by Miles Davis. Birth of the Cool remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz. This is where the elasticity of bop was married with skillful, big-band arrangements and a relaxed, subdued mood that made it all seem easy, even at its most intricate. After all, … Continue reading Miles Davis – Godchild (1949)
Le Blessing is from the album The Jazz Corps with compositions by Tommy Peltier, recorded October 11 and 12 1966. Tommy Peltier – Trumpet, Flugelhorn Fred Rodriguez – Tenor, Alto Saxophone, Flute Lynn Blessing – Vibraphone Bill Plummer – Acoustic Bass Maurice Miller – Drums Roland Kirk – Tenor & Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Manzello, Stritch Continue reading The Jazz Corps Feat. Roland Kirk – Le Blessing (1966)