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, Flute, Timpani – Pat Patrick / Bass – Ronnie Boykins / Bass Clarinet – Robert Cummings / Keyboards [Clavioline], Celesta [Electronic Celeste], Piano, Marimba [Bass], Harp [Sun Harp], Percussion [Dragon Drum], Timpani – Sun Ra / Percussion – Jimmi Johnson, Roger Blank / Tenor Saxophone – John Gilmore / Trombone – Ali Hassan, Bernard Pettaway, Teddy Nance / Trumpet – Chris Capers, Walter Miller

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Gil Evans – Where Flamingos Fly (1960)

From the albun Out of the Cool.

Out of the Cool is a jazz album by The Gil Evans Orchestra, recorded in 1960 and released on the Impulse! label the following year. The album was one of Impulse!’s first four albums, released together, and featured a gatefold design and high production values. [source]

Gil Evans – piano / Johnny Coles – trumpet / Phil Sunkel – trumpet / Keg Johnson – trombone / Jimmy Knepper – trombone / Tony Studd – bass trombone / Bill Barber – tuba / Ray Beckenstein – alto saxophone, flute, piccolo / Eddie Caine – alto saxophone, flute, piccolo / Budd Johnson – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone / Bob Tricarico – flute, piccolo, bassoon / Ray Crawford – guitar / Ron Carter – bass / Elvin Jones – drums / Charli Persip – drums

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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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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 how new ideas were taking hold in the music, not to mention Gilmore’s use of bass clarinet, which he stopped playing completely sometime in the ’60s. [source]

Sun Ra – Harp, Piano, Gong / John Gilmore – Space Bird Sounds, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Drums, Percussion / Art Jenkins – Space Voice / Calvin Newborn – Guitar, Electric Guitar / Marshall Allen – Flute, Alto Saxophone, Percussion / Pat Patrick – Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Bongos / Eddie Gale – Trumpet / Al Evans – Flugelhorn / Ronnie Boykins – Bass / Tommy Hunter – Drums, Tape Effects / C. Scoby Stroman – Drums / Jimmy Johnson – Percussion

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Roland Kirk Quartet featuring Elvin Jones – Rip, Rig and Panic (1965)

Title track from the album Rip, Rig & Panic by The Roland Kirk Quartet, Featuring Elvin Jones.

The title of the album was explained by Kirk in the liner notes as follows: “Rip means Rip Van Winkle (or Rest in Peace?); it’s the way people, even musicians are. They’re asleep. Rig means like rigor mortis. That’s where a lot of peoples mind are. When they hear me doing things they didn’t think I could do they panic in their minds”. Kirk made a lot of references to pioneers of jazz. “No Tonic Pres” is a reference to Lester Young; “From Bechet, Byas, and Fats” is a homage to Sidney Bechet, Don Byas, and Fats Waller; and “Once in a While” was inspired by Clifford Brown. Kirk also mentioned the work of Edgar Varese, the compositions Poeme electronique and Ionisation, as inspiration for the album. [source]

Roland Kirk – Tenor Saxophone, Stritch, Manzello, Flute, Siren, Oboe, Castanets / Jaki Byard – Piano / Richard Davis – Bass / Elvin Jones – Drums

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KANG TAE HWAN – Sora e (To the sky) (1991)

Welcome to the sound of Korea anno 1991. Guess you have never heard a Saxophone sounding like this ? Sora e (To the sky) is fron the CD album Tokebi by Kang Tae Hwan, recorded at Soul Studio on 12 April 1991, released on the Japanese Zen label.

Kang Tae Hwan [강태환 (姜泰煥)] is born 1944 in Seoul, Korea. He began playing clarinet as kid, later, while he attended art highschool, he started on the alt saxophone. In 1978 he formed a free jaz trio and developed experimental improvisations. source

The tone this Korean alto saxophonist gets out of his horn is about as far removed as one could get from the popular, syrupy sound popularized by David Sanborn. It is also not a straight classical sound nor does Hwan sound like any of the well-known free jazz players. He gets a dry sound, splintery like a stalk of cut bamboo. [source]

Tracks: 1. Sora-E (To The Sky) 28:16 / 2. Eien (Eternity) 17:49

Kang Tae Hwan – Alto Saxophone / Kim Yong Toek  -Drum [Changgo] / Kim Suk Chul -Flute [Hochok] 

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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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