Don Cherry and the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra – Tantra (1973)

59415787“If we’re going to speak about words, we could talk about a word like ‘aum.’ Because you don’t say the word ‘aum,’ you sing it. And you have to sing it where you use the ‘a’ as ‘ah,’ which is the throat. Then you’re singing, sustaining the tone ‘ah.’ Then you go to the ‘u,’ and then you reach the ‘m’ and you’ve liberated the body. That’s a word. In the Bible they speak of the Word. First there was the Word. And then they speak of the word that was lost.”   – Don Cherry in an interview with Art Taylor, in response to Taylor’s question of what Cherry thought of the word ‘jazz.’ [source]

Tantra is the first track on the album Relativity Suite by Don Cherry and the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, recorded on February 14, in 1973, New York City.

Tracks:  Tantra, Mali Doussn’gouni, Desireless, The Queen of Tung-T’ing Lake, Trans-Love Airways, Infinite Gentleness, March Of The Hobbits

Don Cherry – trumpet, conch, voice, percussion / Charles Brackeen – soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, voice / Carlos Ward – alto saxophone, voice / Frank Lowe – tenor sax, voice / Dewey Redman – tenor sax, voice / Sharon Freeman – French horn / Brian Trentham – trombone / Jack Jeffers – tuba / Leroy Jenkins – violin / Joan Kalisch – viola / Nan Newton – viola / Pat Dixon – cello / Jane Robertson – cello / Charlie Haden – bass / Carla Bley – piano / Ed Blackwell – drums / Paul Motian – drums, percussion / Moki Cherry – tambura (Trans-Love Airwars) / Selene Fung – ching




Frank Lowe – Fresh (1975)

Fresh is the third and very dynamic composition by Frank Lowe on the album Fresh. Three tracks are Lowes own compositions and two are originally by Thelonious Monk.  The first four tracks on the album are recorded March 7, 1975, while the last track is recorded the year before. Frank Lowe was extremely influenced by the first and second waves of free jazz.

Abdul Wadud – Cello / Charles Bobo Shaw – Drums / Frank Lowe –  Tenor Saxophone / Joseph Bowie –  Trombone  / Lester Bowie – Trumpet  / Selene Fung – Wind [Cheng]



Arthur Blythe – Carespin’ With Mamie (1980)

From the album Illusions by Arthur Blythe, recorded at CBS Recording Studios, New York , 1980.

It is surprising how artistically productive altoist Arthur Blythe was during his period on Columbia. Despite the hype and Columbia’s reputation for pressuring artists to play mass-appeal music, Blythe´s recordings for that label are inventive and creative. For this, his third Columbia release, Blythe uses two different groups: an “in the tradition” quartet with pianist John Hicks, bassist Fred Hopkins, and drummer Steve McCall, and a more eccentric unit with guitarist James Blood Ulmer, cellist Abdul Wadud, tuba player Bob Stewart, and drummer Bobby Battle. No matter the setting, the distinctive alto of Blythe is heard in top form on six of his unusual originals. It’s recommended. [source]

Bob Stewart – Tuba
James Blood Ulmer – Electric Guitar
Bobby Battle – Drums
Arthur Blythe – Alto Saxophone
Abdul Wadud – Cello


Billie Holliday / Ray Ellis & His Orchestra – I’m a Fool To Want You (1958)

First track on the album Lady In Satin by Billie Holliday and Ray Ellis & His Orchestra , recorded 19–21 February 1958, released on Columbia same year.

This is the most controversial of all Billie Holiday records. Lady Day herself said that this session (which finds her accompanied by Ray Ellis´ string orchestra) was her personal favorite, and many listeners have found her emotional versions of such songs as “I’m a Fool to Want You,” “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” “Glad to Be Unhappy,” and particularly “You’ve Changed” to be quite touching. [source]

Billie Holiday – Vocal / Ray Ellis – Arranger, Conductor / George Ockner – Violin , concertmaster / David Soyer – Cello / Janet Putnam – Harp / Danny Bank – Flute / Phil Bodner – Flute / Romeo Penque – Flute / Mel Davis – Trumpet / J.J. Johnson – Trombone / Urbie Green – Trombone / Tom Mitchell – Trombone / Mal Waldron – Piano / Barry Galbraith – Guitar / Milt Hinton – Bass / Osie Johnson – Drums / Elise Bretton – Backing Vocals / Miriam Workman – Backing vocals


Operation Rhino – Improvisation 2 (1976)

From the album Fête De Politique Hebdo Lyon 76 by Opération Rhino,  recorded in Paris on the 12th of May and at la Fête De Politique Hebdo in Lyon on the 16th of May, 1976.

Claude Bernard – Alto Saxophone
Philippe Pochan – Cello
Jacques Berrocal – Cornet, Trombone, Tibetan Oboe
Dominique Christian – Double Bass
Harald Kenietzo – Double Bass
Pierre Bastien – Double Bass
Gilbert Artman – Drums
Mallot Vallois – Electric Guitar
Patrice Raux – Electric Guitar
Raymond Boni – Electric Guitar
Evan Chandlee – Flute, Bass Clarinet
Mion Cinellu – Percussion
François Tusques – Piano
Richard Raux – Tenor Saxophone
Daniel Deshays – Trumpet
Itaru Oki – Trumpet
Tonia Munuera – Alto Tuba
Alain Pinsolle – Vibraphone



Mal Waldron with Eric Dolphy – Warm Canto (1961)

Recorded 27 June 1961. From the album The Quest.

The Quest is an album by American jazz pianist Mal Waldron recorded in 1961 and released on the New Jazz label. Some reissues of the album appear under Eric Dolphy´s name. [source]

Joe Benjamin – Bass
Ron Carter – Cello
Eric Dolphy – Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Charlie Persip – Drums
Mal Waldron – Piano