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)

Mikhail Alperin / Arkady Shilkloper – Poem (1989)

From the album Wave Of Sorrow by Mikhail Alperin / Arkady Shilkloper, recorded, July 1989, Rainbow Studio, Oslo. Michail Jefimowitsch Alperin (Миха́йло Юхи́мович Альпе́рін) is a Ukrainian jazz musician (piano), known as a key member of the Moscow Art Trio. Alperin was born in Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine and grew up in Moldavia, where he was classically trained. In 1980, he formed one of the first Moldavian … Continue reading Mikhail Alperin / Arkady Shilkloper – Poem (1989)

The Jazz Corps Feat. Roland Kirk – Le Blessing (1966)

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)

Don Rendell & Ian Carr – Black Marigolds (1968)

Don Rendell Ian Carr from 1968 accompanied by Michael Garrick – Piano; Dave Green – Bass; Trevor Tomkins – Drums. An essential piece of British jazz – end of story. [source] Dave Green –  Bass Trevor Tomkins – Drums Michael Garrick – Piano Don Rendell – Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute Ian Carr – Trumpet, Flugelhorn   Continue reading Don Rendell & Ian Carr – Black Marigolds (1968)

Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Springtime Again (1979)

Springtime Again is from the album Sleeping Beauty  by  Sun Ra And His Arkestra. This is the great late-night Sun-Ra chillout album you never knew about. The band had been working in a more groove-oriented setting off and on for over a year, as evidenced by the albums Lanquidity and On Jupiter, with both featuring prominent electric bass and electric guitar. Sleeping Beauty picks up right where … Continue reading Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Springtime Again (1979)

Bill Dixon Orchestra – Nightfall Pieces I & II (1967)

Nightfall Pieces I & II is track 2 and 4 on the album Intents And Purposes by The Bill Dixon Orchestra. Intents And Purposes has long been revered as Bill Dixon’s singular masterpiece.  Since his decisive involvement in 1964’s October Revolution in Jazz and lengthy tenure at Bennington College in Vermont (1968-1995), Dixon has been renowned for his skills as an organizer and an educator rather than his pioneering … Continue reading Bill Dixon Orchestra – Nightfall Pieces I & II (1967)