Sonny Sharrock – Black Woman (1969)

What more can possibly be said about Sonny Sharrock? It is widely agreed upon that he is the greatest free jazz guitarist, period. He worked within the most important circles of the jazz world from the late ’60s until his death in 1994, playing with Dave Burrell, Norris Jones (a.k.a. Sirone), Milford Graves (all of whom appear on this record), as well as Peter Brötzman, … Continue reading Sonny Sharrock – Black Woman (1969)

Art Pepper – Our Song (1980)

Winter Moon is a 1980 jazz album by saxophonist Art Pepper playing with Stanley Cowell, Howard Roberts, Cecil McBee, Carl Burnett and strings arranged and conducted by Bill Holman (“Our Song”, “When the Sun Comes Out”, “Blues In The Night”, “Winter Moon”) and Jimmy Bond (“Here’s That Rainy Day”, “That’s Love”, “The Prisoner”). Continue reading Art Pepper – Our Song (1980)

Louis Armstrong – The Creator Has a Master Plan (1970)

In 1970, a year before he died, Louis Armstrong participated in this odd but ultimately winning crossover project, singing (but not playing) pop tunes, including “Everybody’s Talkin’” and “Give Peace a Chance,” spiritual uplifters such as “We Shall Overcome” (featuring an unlikely “We Are the World”-type vocal chorus that includes Ornette Coleman, Tony Bennett, and Miles Davis), and three different edits of “The Creator Has … Continue reading Louis Armstrong – The Creator Has a Master Plan (1970)

Chick Corea – Humpty Dumpty (1978)

The Mad Hatter is an album recorded by Chick Corea and released in 1978. The track names for the album, as well as its title, are derived from the children’s fairy-tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Chick Corea – Piano, Synthesizer, Marimba, Percussion, Vocals, Arrangement. Stewart Blumberg – Trumpet. John Rosenburg – Trumpet. John Thomas – Trumpet. Ron Moss – Trombone. Joe Farrell … Continue reading Chick Corea – Humpty Dumpty (1978)