Seminal Swedish recordings from George Russell – mid 60s material that's quite different than his American albums of a few years before – and proof that his time overseas really helped to unlock his creativity! The centerpiece of the album is an early version of "Electronic Sonata For Souls Loved By Nature" – a tune recorded often by Russell, but done here in a stunning 60 minute version that really opens up wonderfully – a flurry of horn parts played by a larger group that includes Lennart Aberg on tenor and soprano, Arne Domnerus on alto and clarinet, Jan Garbarek on tenor, Berndt Egerbladh on vibes, Bengt Hallberg on piano, and Terje Rypdal on guitar – all key Scandinavian modernists, really given sharp focus here by Russell! The "sonata" got a romping, rhythmic pulse that really holds things together – even when the horns get a bit free – and it's followed by the equally great "Now & Then", which echoes a bit of the main theme, then goes way off into left field! The 2LP set also features "Concerto For Self-Accompanied Guitar", played by Rune Gustaffson. LP, Vinyl record album
(Soul Note pressing.)
Joe Sample —
Try Us ... LP Sonet (UK), 1969. Near Mint- ...
Unusual early solo material from Joe Sample – recorded in Sweden, with a trio that features Joe on the piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and JC Moses on drums! Tracks are long, and sometimes have a surprising modern edge – and titles include "Fancy Dance", "All The Lonely Years", "Old Town", "Another Blues", and "Svenska Flicka". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the earthiest albums ever from Don Cherry – a set of duets with tabla player Latif Khan – recorded in Paris in the late 70s, and featuring Cherry in a range of soulful modes! Don doesn't just play his usual trumpet – but keyboards, flute, gong, and other percussion as well – a really incredible blend of instruments that's often overdubbed, so that Cherry's already adding in a few layers of his own sound before Khan comes in with some really rocking work on tablas! The blend of global and jazz influences is perfect – and the album's as much of a treasure as Cherry's equally important Sonet sessions of the 70s. Titles include "Rhythm 58 1/4", "One Dance", "Air Mail", "Untitled", and "Sangam". LP, Vinyl record album