The Revolutionary Ensemble – The People’s Republic (1975)

The People’s Republic is the fourth track on the album of same name by Revolutionary Ensemble, recorded in 1975. This record has a fearsome reputation that is completely undeserved. On the contrary, while the sound of strings seems strange to a jazz-trained ear, the music these people make on this record is beautiful, fragile, and — considering that it’s all completely improvised — astonishingly tight as … Continue reading The Revolutionary Ensemble – The People’s Republic (1975)

Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire (1972) (full album)

Birds of Fire is Mahavishnu Orchechestra´s second album. It was released in the first half of 1973 and is the last studio album by the original Mahavishnu Orchestra line-up, before the group dissolved, although Between Nothingness and Eternity, a live album, was recorded and released later that same year. [source] All compositions by John McLaughlin, except “Miles Beyond”, by Miles Davis: Birds of Fire (5:50) / Miles Beyond (4:47) … Continue reading Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire (1972) (full album)

Armand J. Piron Band – Kiss Me Sweet (1923)

Armand John “A.J.” Piron (August 16, 1888 – February 17, 1943) was an American jazz violinist, band leader, and composer. In 1915, Piron and Williams together started the Piron and Williams Publishing Company, and in their first year of business published Piron’s composition, “I Wish That I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate”, which became his biggest hit. After touring briefly with W.C. Handy  in 1917, he … Continue reading Armand J. Piron Band – Kiss Me Sweet (1923)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – Prelude To A Kiss (1957)

Prelude To A Kiss is from the album Ellington Indigos, recorded in 1957 and released on Columbia in 1958. Duke Ellington – Piano / Jimmy Woode – Bass / Sam Woodyard – Drums / Paul Gonsalves – Tenor Saxophone / Jimmy Hammilton – Clarinet, Alto Saxophone / Russell Procope – Clarinet, Alto Saxophone / Harry Carney – Baritone Saxophone / Johnny Hodges – Alto Saxophone / Rick Henderson – Alto Saxophone / John … Continue reading Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – Prelude To A Kiss (1957)

Cecil McBee – Flying Out (1982)

Flying Out is the second track on the B-side on the album Flying Out by the jazz bassplayer Cecil McBee, released in 1982 on the label India Navigation. This is a rather unusual chamber jazz album that finds bassist Cecil McBee interacting with violinist John Blake, cellist David Eyges, cornetist Olu Dara, and drummer Billy Hart. Variety is gained by McBee switching to piano on “Truth — … Continue reading Cecil McBee – Flying Out (1982)

Cecil McBee – Into A Fantasy (1982)

Into A Fantasy is the first track on the B-side on the album Flying Out by the jazz bassplayer Cecil McBee, released in 1982 on the label India Navigation. This is a rather unusual chamber jazz album that finds bassist Cecil McBee interacting with violinist John Blake, cellist David Eyges, cornetist Olu Dara, and drummer Billy Hart. Variety is gained by McBee switching to piano on “Truth … Continue reading Cecil McBee – Into A Fantasy (1982)

Joe Henderson – Fire (1974)

Fire is the first track on The Elements, the album by American saxophonist Joe Henderson, released in 1974 on Milestone. Recorded at Village Recorders, Los Angeles, 1973. 1. “Fire” – 11:08 / 2. “Air” – 9:50 /  3. “Water” – 7:31 /  4. “Earth” – 13:07 Joe Henderson – Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Alto Flute Alice Coltrane – Piano, Harp, Tambura, Harmonium Charlie Hayden – Bass Leon “Ndugu” Chancler – Drums (1, … Continue reading Joe Henderson – Fire (1974)