Pharoah Sanders – The Healing Song (1971)

From Live at the East by Pharoah Sanders. Another spiritual jazz gem- “Live at the East” is one of the most consistently and astonishingly brilliant albums Pharoah Sanders has ever put out. This is somewhat surprising as Sanders was without both pianist Lonnie Liston Smith and vocalist Leon Thomas, both of whom contributed heavily to his previous albums and their success. In their place, Sanders had a pianist … Continue reading Pharoah Sanders – The Healing Song (1971)

Imamu Amiri Baraka – Come Back Pharoah (1972)

From the album It’s Nation Time – African Visionary Music by Imamu Amiri Baraka. Amiri Baraka, born in 1934, in Newark, New Jersey, USA, is the author of over 40 books of essays, poems, drama, and music history and criticism, a poet icon and revolutionary political activist who has recited poetry and lectured on cultural and political issues extensively in the USA, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe. … Continue reading Imamu Amiri Baraka – Come Back Pharoah (1972)

Clifford Thornton – Pan African Festival (1969)

From the album Ketchaoua by Clifford Thornton , recorded August 18, 1969 in Paris , France. Released on  BYG records in 1969. Clifford Thornton’s only Actuel date as a leader is, like many of the others in this BYG series, an all-star blowing session highly indicative of the times. For some, it will be difficult to tell whether taking credit for composing these pieces is a lost cause. … Continue reading Clifford Thornton – Pan African Festival (1969)

Dizzy Gillespie Big Band – Cubano Be, Cubano Bop (1947)

Cubano Be, Cubano Bop, arranged by George Russell and recorded by the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band featuring Chano Pozo, New York, Dec. 22, 1947. Luciano Pozo González, better known as Chano Pozo (January 7, 1915 in Havanna – December 3, 1948 in New York City) was an Afro-Cuban jazz percussionist, singer, dancer and composer who played a major role in the founding of Latin Jazz. Though he died young of … Continue reading Dizzy Gillespie Big Band – Cubano Be, Cubano Bop (1947)

Larry Young – Khalid Of Space Part Two (Welcome) (1973)

From the album Lawrence of Newark by Larry Young. The centerpiece of the album is “Khalid of Space Pt. 2: Welcome.” Sun Ra’s edict about all of his musicians being percussionists holds almost literally true in Young’s case. The soprano saxophonist sounds as if it could be Sonny Fortune (billed as “mystery guest”), but he’s way out on an Eastern modal limb. Young’s right hand is … Continue reading Larry Young – Khalid Of Space Part Two (Welcome) (1973)

Ronnie Boykins – The Will Come, Is Now (1975)

The Will Come, Is Now is the title track of the free jazz album of same name by the bassist Ronnie Boykins, recorded in February 1975. Ronnie Boykins is best known for his work as bassist with Sun Ra (between 1958 and 1966), but the odd meters and horn arrangements in this 1975 septet session for ESP (the last release on the mythic free jazz label before … Continue reading Ronnie Boykins – The Will Come, Is Now (1975)