A really rich combination of sounds – one of those rare moments when the end result of a session comes out sounding way more than the instruments that comprise it! The group's led by JeromeCooper on drums, balaphone, and other percussion – and features Joseph Jarman on tenor and flute, William Parker on bass, Jason Hwang on violin, and Thurman Barker on drums – all working together in ways that are kind of an evolution of the loft jazz style – handled with a lot more thoughtful composition on the part of Cooper, and executed in ways that really have the players thinking about each others' contributions – coming up with these vivid sonic elements in the process, and really holding our attention in the way they instruments take fire from each other. Titles include "Outer & Interactions", "Moments", "The Crouch Opinion", and "Arcunum II". LP, Vinyl record album
A great solo performance from JeromeCooper – not just drums and percussion, but work on flute, balaphone, and other instruments too! Cooper really brings all of his most thoughtful elements into play here – working slowly, and covering space with ideas that really take some time to stretch out and find themselves – then confidently move forward to open up new chapters in the performance – a bit like some of the best early moments of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, but presented here as a solo act! Side one features "The Unpredictability Of Predictability", in four movements – and side two features "Bert The Cat". LP, Vinyl record album
Braxton recorded in a number of different settings, all of which are incredibly fruitful. Some tracks feature Braxton with Kenny Wheeler, Dave Holland, and JeromeCooper; another has him with the core of the pre-WSQ, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, and Hamiet Bluiett; and one has him playing those cool reed/moog duets with Richard Teitelbaum. Titles are all those weird Braxton notations, but trust us – the record's great! LP, Vinyl record album
(Side 2 has a mark that clicks a bit on track one. Cover has some light edge wear.)
Revolutionary Ensemble —
Psyche ... CD Re: Records/Mutable Music, 1975. Used ....
$6.99Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the more obscure sessions by this legendary loft jazz trio that featured Leroy Jenkins, JeromeCooper, and Sirone. The tracks are nicely restrained, with a strong post-ESP avant feel, and a nice mixture of soul and playfulness. Titles include "Hu-Man", "Collegno", and "Invasion". CD
An 80s repressing of the album Fast Last – one of the excellent avant sides for Muse from the early 70s, and a record that features Lester Bowie playing in a number of different settings – all with a sound that's different from his Art Ensemble recordings, and from his work for ECM. One track has him playing a duet with pianist John Hicks, another has him in a percussion quartet with Philip Wilson, JeromeCooper, and Charles Shaw, and some have him in a larger group with players like Cecil McBee, Hicks, Julius Hemphill, and brother Joseph Bowie. Tracks include "Fast Last", "F Troop Rides Again", and "Lonely Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – in limited supply!)
Steve Lacy —
Wordless ... CD Futura (France), 1971. New Copy ....
$14.9916.99Out Of Stock
A striking session from Steve Lacy – one of his most powerful albums from 70s Paris! We're tempted to think that this one was called "wordless" because Irene Aebi's on the record, but doesn't sing – and instead plays cello with a quintet that includes Lacy on soprano, Ambrose Jackson on trumpet, Kent Carter on bass, and JeromeCooper on drums – and the record is a very early realization of Lacy's European sound, more tied to the BYG/Actuel years than later recordings. The album's quite free overall – pretty fierce stuff, especially as the performance moves on – and titles include "Name", "The Breath", "Prologue A Life On Is Way", "Bone", and "The Way". CD