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Black Fire! New Spirit!Soul Jazz Records' new release Black Fire! New Spirits! Explores deep, radical and spiritual jazz in the USA in the period between 1957-75. In the 1960s and into the 1970s, jazz music in the USA was in an almost constant state of revolution, with the music and lives of African-American artists radicalised by the advent of the civil rights movement, Black Power, and a new spiritual awakening. For over 20 years now Soul Jazz Records have been exploring this rich area of deep and spiritual jazz music with an array of albums such as Freedom, Rhythm and Sound, Universal Sounds of America, New Thing, Soul Jazz Love Strata East and more. Soul Jazz Records have also released a steady stream of reissues of lost and classic deep jazz releases over the years from artists such as Art Ensemble of Chicago, Steve Reid, Pharaoh Sanders and others. This new album features groundbreaking and revolutionary artists such as Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, The Last Poets and Yusef Lateef as well as many rare and deep lost tracks from lesser known artists such as Creative Artists Ensemble, Granchan Moncur, Lloyd McNeill, Tyrone Washington and others.1. Yusef Lateef - Chang, Chang, Chang
2. The Last Poets - It's A Trip
3. Don Cherry - Utopia And Visions
4. Richard Davis - Dealin'
5. Archie Shepp And Jeanne Lee - Blase
6. Harold McKinney And The Creative Profile - In The Moog
7. Grachan Moncur III And The Jazz Composers Orchestra - Angela's Angel
8. Creative Arts Ensemble - Flashback Of Time
9. David Lee Jr - Second Line March
10. Lloyd McNeill And Marshall Hawkins - The Banjo Lesson
11. Tyrone Washington - Universal Spiritual Revolt
12. Pheeroan Ak Laff - Tzaddi Vau (Part 1)
13. Joe Henderson - Black Narcissus
14. Doug Hammond - Spaces And Things$31.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Following MountainThe Following Mountain, the newest solo album by experimental folk artist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon, will be released on Nonesuch Records.
Created with producer Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Regina Spektor) and Amidon's frequent collaborator Shahzad Ismaily, it represents a new approach for Amidon, who shifts here from his previous norm of re-working traditional folk songs and presents nine wholly original compositions, with some lyrics drawing on traditional sources. The album features a rare guest appearance by drummer Milford Graves, known initially for his work in the 1960s with free jazz legends Albert Ayler and Sonny Sharrock.
The Following Mountain was made during two distinct recording sessions: an initial weekend in Brooklyn where Ismaily and Amidon brought in Graves, percussionist Juma Sultan (Jimi Hendrix), and saxophonist Sam Gendel for a heavily improvised session; followed by time in the studio over the summer in London, where Amidon worked with Leo Abrahams to shape and develop the songs.
The Following Mountain is a walk through the thickets of the imagination, Amidon said, a personal mythology of sounds and visions and characters. It is my first album of original music, but is still linked to the Appalachian music I love, as well as improvisation, beats, Don Cherry, Vermont, London.
The Following Mountain is Amidon's sixth album and follows Lily-O, his 2014 Nonesuch Records collaboration with guitarist Bill Frisell.1. Fortune
3. Juma Mountain
4. Another Story Told
5. Gendel in 5
7. Trouble in Mind
9. April$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Complete CommunionNot counting a couple of sessions he co-led with John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, Complete Communion was the first album Don Cherry recorded as a leader following his departure from the Ornette Coleman Quartet. It was also one of the earliest showcases for the Argentinian tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri, who Cherry discovered during a stay in Rome. While the music on Complete Communion was still indebted to Coleman's concepts, Cherry injected enough of his own personality to begin differentiating himself as a leader. He arranged the original LP as two continuous side-long suites, each of which incorporated four different compositions and was recorded in a single take. In practice, this meant that several melodic themes popped up over the course of each side; all the musicians free-associated off of each theme, engaging in intense, abstract dialogues before moving on to the next. As the album's title suggests, every member of the group not only solos, but shares the total space selflessly. Bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Ed Blackwell both play extremely active roles, especially Grimes, who solos powerfully and sometimes carries the main riffs. Often the music sounds more like a conversation, as opposed to a solo with support, because the musicians make such intelligent use of space and dynamics, and wind up with a great deal of crackling, volatile interplay as a result. The leader remains recognizably himself, and his burnished tone is a nice contrast with Barbieri's fiery approach; for his part, Barbieri's playing has a lot of speechlike inflections, and he spends a lot of time in the upper register of his horn, which makes him sound quite similar to Ornette at times. As a whole, the project comes off remarkably well, establishing Cherry as an avant-garde force to be reckoned with in his own right.
- Steve Huey (All Music)1. Complete Communion
2. And Now
3. Golden Heart
6. Our Feelings
8. Wind, Sand, and Stars$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Tomorrow Is The Question!The springboard in Ornette Coleman's pursuit of freedom of expression as a soloist, Tomorrow Is The Question! is notable for its lack of piano, which the
saxophone maverick chose to strike from the record in favor of a quartet composed of drummer Shelly Manne, trumpeter Don Cherry, and alternatingly
Percy Heath and Red Mitchell on bass. Coleman's belief was that removing piano and thus layers of harmonic structure, would allow the soloists to truly
roam freely around the tune, pioneering new dimensions in sonic interplay. As a result, Tomorrow Is the Question! was a very literal title; where would
Coleman's iconoclastic vision take him next? The free-jazz pioneer was just getting started, and what a dazzling start it is! This essential document of
American Jazz History is now available on vinyl.1. Tomorrow Is The Question!
2. Tears Inside
3. Mind And Time
9. Endless$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Atlantic Years In Mono (Box Set)
Fully Remastered In Glorious Mono
Packaged In An Elegant Cloth-Bound Box
12" X 12", 32-Page, Perfect-Bound Booklet
While John Coltrane first gained attention for his revolutionary 'sheets of sound' technique, it was the deep spirituality of his music that really made his recordings as a bandleader such classics. The albums this giant of music recorded for Atlantic in 1959 and 1960 really represent the heart of his legacy.
John Coltrane's life will be the subject of a new documentary (tentative title: Chasin' Trane), out later this year, and now, for the first time since their original release, this box set gathers his mono recordings from the Atlantic vaults.
LP 1: GIANT STEPS
- Packaged in an elegant cloth-bound box.
- Fully remastered in glorious mono.
- Original studio albums in glossy tip-on LP sleeves, replicating the original artwork and labels. Giant Steps (1960), Bags & Trane (1961) with Milt Jackson, Ole Coltrane (1962), Coltrane Plays The Blues (1962), The Avant Garde (1966) with Don Cherry.
- One LP of outtakes and a replica of the original 'My Favorite Things Part I & II' 7" single, a hit for John Coltrane in 1961.
- A 12" x 12", 32-page, perfect-bound booklet, with period photos by Lee Friedlander and liner notes.
- Liner notes by Grammy-winning jazz writer Ashley Kahn.
1. Giant Steps
2. Cousin Mary
5. Syeeda's Song Flute
7. Mr P.C.
LP 2: BAGS & TRANE (with Milt Jackson)
1. Bags & Trane
2. Three Little Words
3. The Night We Called It A Day
5. The Late Late Blues
LP 3: OLE COLTRANE
2. Dahomey Dance
LP 4: COLTRANE PLAYS THE BLUES
1. Blues To Elvin
2. Blues To Bechet
3. Blues To You
4. Mr. Day
5. Mr. Syms
6. Mr. Knight
LP 5: THE AVANT-GARDE (with Don Cherry)
2. Focus On Sanity
3. The Blessing
4. The Invisible
5. Bemsha Swing
LP 6: THE COLTRANE LEGACY
2. Original Untitled Ballad
3. Untitled Ballad
5. Stairway To The Stars
6. Blues Legacy
7 Single: MY FAVORITE THINGS
1. My Favorite Things Part I
2. My Favorite Things Part II$149.99Vinyl LP + 7 Single Box Set Mono - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
- Packaged in an elegant cloth-bound box.
WARB-ATL-5190xJohn Coltrane & Don Cherry
The Avant-Garde (Mono Remaster)Mono Remaster
This album is rightfully co-credited to Don Cherry (trumpet), who ably trades blows with John Coltrane (tenor/soprano sax) throughout. The Avant-Garde also boasts the debut studio recording of Coltrane playing soprano sax -- on The Blessing -- in addition to his continuing advancements on tenor.
Although these tracks were recorded during the summer of 1960, they remained shelved for nearly six years.
Joining Coltrane and Cherry are essentially the rest of the members of the Ornette Coleman Quartet, Ed Blackwell (drums) and Charlie Haden (bass) on Cherryco and The Blessing, as well as Percy Heath (bass) on the remaining three selections. This is fitting, as over half of the album consists of early Coleman compositions. Coltrane's integration into this band works with some extraordinarily fresh results. Neither Cherry nor Coltrane makes any radical departures on this album; however, it's the ability of each to complement the other both in terms of modal style and -- perhaps more importantly -- texture that lends heavily to the success of these sides. Cherry's brisk and somewhat nasal intonations on The Blessing mimic those of Miles Davis, albeit with shorter flourishes and heavily improvised lines. When combined with Coltrane's well-placed -- if not somewhat reserved -- solos, the mutual value of both is dramatically increased. Blackwell -- the only other musician besides Cherry and Coltrane to be featured on every track -- provides some non-conventional percussive accompaniment. His contributions to The Blessing and workout on the aptly titled Focus on Sanity are primal.
- Lindsay Planer (AllMusic.com)1. Cherryco (Mono Version)
2. Focus On Sanity (Mono Version)
3. The Blessing (Mono Version)
4. The Invisible (Mono Version)
5. Bemsha Swing (Mono Version)$21.99Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
This Is Our Music
Pressed On Two 180gram Audiophile-Grade Lps At Pallas Group In Germany
Mastered From Original Analog Tapes At 45rpm By Bernie Grundman
Housed In A Stoughton Case-Wrapped Gatefold Jacket
Ornette Coleman Quartet Features Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, & Ed Blackwell
With two landmark albums already under its belt, the
Ornette Coleman Quartet spent nearly a year out of
the studio before reconvening for This Is Our Music.
The album features Coleman on alto, Don Cherry on
trumpet, Charlie Haden on bass, and Ed Blackwell on
drums. "All in all, This Is Our Music keeps one of the
hottest creative streaks in jazz history going strong"
(AllMusic). This essential edition of Coleman's fifth
album was mastered from original analog tapes at
45RPM by Bernie Grundman, pressed on two 180gram
LPs, and is housed in an old school style Stoughton
case-wrapped gatefold jacket.1. Blues Connotation
2. Beauty Is A Rare Thing
4. Embraceable You
6. Humpty Dumpty
7. Folk Tale$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Shape Of Jazz To ComeRanked #246 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Quartet Includes Don Cherry and Charlie Haden
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes on 180 Gram Vinyl
1959's landscape-shifting The Shape of Jazz to Come is true to its title. Switching from tenor to alto sax, Ornette Coleman creates free jazz, a language where chords structures are absent and harmony gives way to improvisational whims. The Atlantic set finds Coleman collaborating with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins in making a masterful work free of any identifiable chord structures. Nonetheless, melodies remain, as do engrossing repetitions of main themes.
ORG Music brings the breakthrough arrangements and magnificent colors to life in a way no one's experienced since the LP was recorded. Mastered from the original master tapes, this life-changing music has never sounded so alive and dynamic. This is a must.1. Lonely Woman
4. Focus on Sanity
6. Chronology$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Quartets: Live At The Village Vanguard Vol. 2
Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign
Named Jazz Album of the Year by readers of Downbeat Magazine, this double album features tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano during two appearances at the Village Vanguard recorded ten months apart. Other than the leader, the pair of quartets are completely different and they bring out two sides of Lovano. The earlier session features the leader in a stimulating piano-less quartet, matching wits and creativity with flÜgelhornist Tom Harrell. While the music is closer to Ornette Coleman than to Gerry Mulligan (to name two famous pianoless groups), Harrell's tone more closely resembles Chuck Mangione than Don Cherry although fortunately he is much more inventive. The four Lovano originals are adventurous and all of the musicians sound as if they are stretching themselves. The second disc showcases Lovano in a more conventional quartet. The repertoire (just one original this time) covers John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and Gordon Jenkins and finds the tenorman displaying his roots in Sonny Rollins. The rhythm section on the later date (pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Lewis Nash) is excellent at accompanying (rather than challenging) Lovano. In both cases, Joe Lovano is heard in prime form, making this an easily recommended two-fer.
- Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)1. Lonnie's Lament
3. Little Willie Leaps
4. This Is All I Ask
6. Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love
7. Sounds Of Joy$24.99Vinyl LP Reissue - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
New SoilNew Soil wasn't the first session Jackie McLean recorded for Blue Note, but it was the first one released, and as the title suggests, the first glimpses of McLean's desire to push beyond the limits of bop are already apparent. They're subtle, of course, and nowhere near as pronounced, as they would be in just a few years' time, but as with the 1959 material later issued on Jackie's Bag hints of Ornette Coleman's stream-of-consciousness melodic freedom are beginning to find their way into McLean's improvisations. His playing is just a touch more angular than the ear expects, especially given the very bluesy nature of pieces like McLean's 11-minute vamp, Hip Strut, and pianist Walter Davis Jr.'s infectious boogie-woogie Greasy. Coleman's influence is most apparent on McLean's Minor Apprehension, where the freewheeling, Coleman-esque main theme is paralleled by trumpeter Donald Byrd in a definite nod to Don Cherry.
Jackie McLean, alto sax
Donald Byrd, trumpet
Paul Chambers, bass
Walter Davis Jr., piano
Pete LaRoca, drums
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Hip Strut
2. Minor Apprehension
4. Sweet Cakes
5. Davis Cup$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Something Else!!!! The Music Of Ornette ColemanThis 1958 debut recording by the Ornette Coleman Quintet, which featured Coleman on his trademark white plastic alto, Don Cherry on trumpet, Billy Higgins on drums, Walter Norris on piano, and Don Payne on bass, shook up the jazz world -- particularly those musicians and critics who had entered the hard bop era with such verve and were busy using the blues as a way of creating vast solo spaces inside tight and short melody lines. Something Else!!!! is anathema to that entire idea, and must have sounded like it came from outer space at the time. First, Coleman's interest was in pitch, not being in tune. His use of pitch could take him all over -- and outside of -- a composition, as it does on Invisible, which begins in D flat. The intervals are standard, but the melodic component of the tune -- despite its hard bop tempo -- is, for the most part, free. But what is most compelling is evident in abundance here and on the next two tunes, The Blessing and Jayne: a revitalization of the blues as it expressed itself in jazz. Coleman refurbished the blues framework, threaded it through his jazz without getting rid of its folk-like, simplistic milieu. In other words, the groove Coleman was getting here was a people's groove that only confounded intellectuals at the time. Coleman restored blues to their classic beginnings in African music and unhooked their harmonies. Whether the key was D flat, A, G, whatever, Coleman revisited the 17- and 25-bar blues. There are normal signatures, however, such as Chippie in F and in eight-bar form, and The Disguise is in D, but in a strange 13-bar form where the first and the last change places, altering the talking-like voice inherent in the melodic line. But the most important thing about Something Else! was that, in its angular, almost totally oppositional way, it swung and still does; like a finger-poppin' daddy on a Saturday night, this record swings from the rafters of the human heart with the most unusually gifted, emotional, and lyrical line since Bill Evans first hit the scene. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi1. Invisible
2. The Blessing
5. The Disguise
6. Angel Voice
8. When Will the Blues Leave?
9. The Sphinx$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Free Jazz (Out Of Stock)Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
Features a Double Quartet: One Band in Each Stereo Channel with Two Simultaneously Playing Rhythm Sections
Features Don Cherry, Scott LaFaro, Eric Dolphy, Charlie Haden, Freddie Hubbard Among Other Musicians
Modern improvisational jazz starts here. With one quartet placed in the left stereo channel and another situated in the right, Free Jazz unloads with two simultaneously playing rhythm sections and a 37-minute-plus title cut devised entirely on the spot.
Distinctive from the copycat attempts that followed, this 1960 magnum opus claims melody and harmony, solidifying Ornette Coleman's reputation as a compositional genius. Of course, the presence of Don Cherry, Scott LaFaro, Billy Higgins in the left channel and Coleman, Freddie Hubbard, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell in the right doesn't hurt.
Mastered from the original master tapes, ORG Music's analog edition has turned this classic into an audiophile spectacular. Due to the presentation of the recording in two distinct stereo channels, this album supremely benefits from the label's mastering efforts and decision to expand the music into wider grooves. Prepare for a mind-blowing experience.1. Free Jazz- Part 1
2. Free Jazz - Part 2
Ornette Coleman$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock