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)

Cecil Taylor – Burning Poles (VHS (Video) (1991)

Welcome to this beautiful and amazing document of Cecil Taylor with his musicians. It is sometimes as if it is a dance. This video document of the 1991 version of the Cecil Taylor Unit was recorded at the National Video Industries studio, and not in a live concert performance. Across a span of 50 minutes, the quartet explores the improvisational concept of the leader that is more … Continue reading Cecil Taylor – Burning Poles (VHS (Video) (1991)

Marion Brown – Sweet Earth Flying (1979)

From the album November Cotton Flower by Marion Brown, recorded June 21 and 22, 1979 at Sound Ideas Studios, New York City. “A reprise of the song “Sweet Earth Flying” closes out the album quite beautifully, from the delicate chords created by guitarist Karl Rausch through the leader’s sensitive inflections of the lovely theme. ” [source] Marion Brown – Alto Saxophone Hilton Ruiz  – Piano Earl May – Bass Warren Smith – Drums, Percussion … Continue reading Marion Brown – Sweet Earth Flying (1979)

Joe McPhee – Cosmic Love (1970)

Recorded in Poughkeepsie, NY, 1970.  Joe McPhee (born November 3, 1939)[1] is an American jazz multi-instrumentalist born in Miami, Florida, a player of tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone, the trumpet, flugelhorn and valve trombone. [source] “In 1968, the same year that Anthony Braxton made his first solo LP “For Alto”, Joe McPhee began a series of home recordings, assisted by his friend and future producer … Continue reading Joe McPhee – Cosmic Love (1970)

David Murray Quartet – Return of The Lost Tribe (1991)

From the album A Sanctuary Within. A SANCTUARY WITHIN, like much of Murray’s work from this period, defies categorization. It combines traditional and modern elements of jazz and adds a healthy dose of African rhythms to the mix. Murray himself would argue that categorizing jazz only serves to damage the art form. One is tempted to agree with him when he suggests simply calling it … Continue reading David Murray Quartet – Return of The Lost Tribe (1991)