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A later side for Sunny Murray – and a nice one! He's joined here by David Murray and Malachi Favors, and though the group is listed as a trio, conga player Cheikh Tidiane Fall joins in the fray too. There's 4 lengthy Murray compositions, and though the group is one who may not have recorded ... LP, Vinyl record album
Quite a rare set from Don Cherry, issued in the early 70s in Japan only, in a trio with Johnny Dyani and Okay Temiz, with whom he'd recorded the great Orient set. The set opens with Cherry on wood flute, in one of his contemplative modes, while the latter half is two longer pieces, each making up ... LP, Vinyl record album
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the real classics on BYG/Actuel! Tenorist Frank Wright is joined by alto player Noah Howard, pianist Bobby Few, and drummer Muhammad Ali in an excellent set of material that's very much in the post-Coltrane/late-Ayler spirit. The set includes 2 long tracks – Wright's "One For ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the hardest to find of the Shepp albums for Actuel, especially in this original format! These are long, spiritual tracks that comprise some of his best European recordings of the decade, and the titles include "There is a Balm in Gilead", "Touareg", and "My ... LP, Vinyl record album
2nd volume of the Solar-Myth sessions! Recorded in New York in 1970, with an Arkestra that includes Kwame Hadi, Ali Hassan, Danny Davis, John Gilmore, and Clifford Jarvis – and instrumentation that includes moog, space dimension mellophone, ancient Egyptian Infinity drum, and lots of other ... LP, Vinyl record album
Late live work from the mighty Thelonious Monk – still featuring his killer 60s group with Charlie Rouse on tenor, Larry Gales on bass, and Ben Riley on drums! All tracks are nice and long, too – and tracks include a side-long take of "Sweet & Lovely", plus "Epistroph ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the most unusual sessions for BYG/Actuel – and one of the greatest as well! The set features Dave Burrell's recasting of Puccini's opera as a platform for jazz improvisation – done in a surprisingly contemplative mode that makes the album one of the most lyrical and sensitive ... LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful live set, recorded in Paris in 1962 – and featuring the quartet with McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones. The set features three long Coltrane standards – "Impressions", "Afro Blue", and "Naima" – all done in that beautiful ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great collection of bop tunes recorded for Savoy – all of which feature trumpet solo work by Fats Navarro, plus work by a variety of excellent contemporaries of his – including Bud Powell, Kenny (listed as Kinney) Dorham, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Stitt, Tadd Dameron, and others. Titles ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jimmy Lyons' recordings for BYG/Actuel are among some of the best for the label, and this one from 1969 is a stellar session that features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Alan Silva on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums. All players are excellent, and they play together in a set of free tracks in which ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great work by one of the grooviest groups on the LA 60s scene! The Afro Blues Quintet have a blend of soul jazz and Latin styles that's similar to the best 60s work by Cal Tjader, or to records by small combos like the Quartette Tres Bien or The Latin Jazz Quintet. Lots of grooves have a nice ... LP, Vinyl record album