Miles Davis – Lonely Fire (1970)

Lonely Fire is recorded 27 January 1970 in Columbia Studio B, and appears on the album Big Fun. Lineup:  Miles Davis – trumpet / Wayne Shorter – tenor saxophone / Bennie Maupin – bass clarinet / Khalil Balakrishna – sitar, Indian instruments / Chick Corea – electric piano / Joe Zawinul – electric piano, Farfisa organ / Dave Holland – double bass / Harvey Brooks – Fender … Continue reading Miles Davis – Lonely Fire (1970)

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, … Continue reading Sun Ra – The Magic City (1965)

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 … Continue reading Sun Ra – Friendly Galaxy (1965)

Jeanne Lee – Yeh Come T’ Beh (1974)

Yeh Come T’ Beh is second track on the album Conspiracy by Jeanne Lee. Jeanne Lee (January 29, 1939 – October 25, 2000) was an American jazz singer, poet and composer. Best known for a wide range of vocal styles she mastered, Lee collaborated with numerous distinguished composers and performers who included Gunter Hampel, Ran Blake, Carla Bley, Anthony Braxton, Marion Brown, Mal Waldron, and … Continue reading Jeanne Lee – Yeh Come T’ Beh (1974)

Eric Dolphy – Springtime (1964)

Recorded live  in Paris, France, June 11, 1964. Originally released in 1988 on the album Last Recordings by Eric Dolphy and rereleased in 2010 on The Complete Last Recordings by Eric Dolphy. Eric Dolphy died 18 days after this recording and apparently it was the very last time he recorded at all. Jacques Hess – Bass Eric Dolphy – Bass Clarinet Franco Monzecci – Drums Jack Diéval – Piano Nathan Davis – Tenor … Continue reading Eric Dolphy – Springtime (1964)

Amiri Baraka, Leroi Jones With David Murray And Steve McCall – Class Struggle In Music I (1982)

From the album New Music – New Poetry, released in 1982. As long as the black writer was obsessed with being an accepted, middle class, Baraka wrote, he would never be able to speak his mind, and that would always lead to failure. Baraka felt that America only made room for only white obfuscators, not black ones. [source] An incendiary poet reads in performance with … Continue reading Amiri Baraka, Leroi Jones With David Murray And Steve McCall – Class Struggle In Music I (1982)

Eric Dolphy/Booker Little quintet – Aggression (1961)

Aggression is recorded July 16, 1961. It appears on the second of three sets that document the Eric Dolphy / Booker Little quintet’s playing at the Five Spot At the Five Spot volumes one and two is a pair of jazz albums documenting one night (16 July 1961) from the end of Eric Dolphy and Booker Little’s two-week residency at the Five Spot in New York. This was the only night … Continue reading Eric Dolphy/Booker Little quintet – Aggression (1961)