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!]

Burhan Ocal & Jamaaladeen Tacuma – Two By Two (1998)

From the album Groove Alla Turca, recorded in Istanbul, Turkey in 1998.

Salih Nazım Peker – Baglama [Saz] / Jamaaladeen Tacuma – Bass  / Ferdi Nadaz – Clarinet / Daryl Burge -Drums [Trap Drums] / Ben Schachter  – Flute, Saxophone [Alto & Tenor] / Ekrem Bağı – Goblet Drum [Darbuka] / Rick Iannacone – Guitar / Sahin Sert* Ney – Kanun / Arif Erdebil – Ney / Hüseyin Bitmez – Oud / Burhan Öçal – Percussion  / Art Baron – Trombone  / Jack Walrath – Trumpet / Fethi Tekyaygil – Violin

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Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley and Steve Swallow – Stretching Out (1961)

Stretching Out is from the album Emphasis & Flight by Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley and Steve Swallow, recorded 7th and 23rd November, 1961 in Germany.

At a time when the leading edge of mainstream jazz was pulling through modal jazz into hard bop, Jimmy Giuffre was headed in another direction. His early trios were simultaneously polite and experimental, an unusual combination that revealed both his cool roots and his fearlessness in stepping over the cliff. Nowhere were these qualities more evident than on his early-’60s trio records alongside pianist Paul Bley and bassist Steve Swallow. [source]

Jimmy Giuffre – Clarinet
Paul Bley – Piano
Steve Swallow – Double Bass


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Aldo Romano, Louis Sclavis, Henri Texier – Annobon (1994 – 1995)

From the album Le Querrec: Carnet de Routes by the trio of Romano/Sclavis/Texier, recorded and mixed from 1994 to 1995 at Studio de la Maison de la Culture d’Amiens.

This recording from the West African tours of the Romano/Sclavis/Texier trio in the early ’90s is one in a series of three. That this band played in Africa and was documented by photographer Guy LeQuerrec was remarkable in and of itself. These cats are all composers who know the strengths of each their band members. When melody lines come off Sclavis’ horn and are tied in separate octaves to Texier’s bass playing, creating a new chromatic color to the proceedings, such as on “Bororo Dance” and “Flash Memoire,” listeners get to hear music in the process of being created from nothing but the abilities of its makers. [source]

Louis Sclavis – Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone / Henri Texier -Double Bass / Aldo Romano -Drums / Guy Le Querrec – Photography

watch photos by Guy Le Querrec in Africa here

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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 many others. [source]

Conspiracy  is recorded in New York, February, April and May, 1974. The album contains 8 different pieces: Sundance / Yeh Come T’ Be / Jamaica / Subway Couple / The Miracle / Your Ballad / Angel Chile / Conspiracy. The mucisians at the album are:  Mark Whitecage – Alto Clarinet / Jack Gregg – Bass / Allan Praskin – Clarinet / Perry Robinson – Clarinet / Steve McCall – Drums / Gunter Hampel – Flute, Piano, Vibraphone, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet / Sam Rivers – Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute / Marty Cook – Trombone

Here is also first track from side B, The Miracle:

Lyrics printed on sleeve:

“The Miracle”

The miracle is… that the layers continue
to be stripped away each time uncov’ring
a center more brilliant and revealing
than the one before.

Amazing… that this should be the way
our love our knowledge and our lives
keep
unfolding
together
leaving us constantly renewed.

Knowing you exist anywhere in this universe
makes my world that much larger
and that much more filled
with light.

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