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Sun ShipSun Ship is a jazz album recorded on August 26, 1965, by tenor saxophonist John Coltrane. The album extended the free jazz ideas of Transition. The relaxed, serene feel of earlier ballads like "Welcome" was transformed into a new style of ballad on "Dearly Beloved" and "Attaining". This style involved very slow tempos, drum rolls and fills, and a louder, more intense feel than traditional jazz ballads. Like "Psalm" (from A Love Supreme), there is no real tune, just a scale or series of tones used to build an improvised theme.
Coltrane's solos on the other tracks are also more extreme than on his earlier albums, and are reminiscent of the style of Albert Ayler and Pharaoh Sanders in their extensive use of altissimo and multiphonics. The title "Sun Ship" may have been inspired by Sun Ra's conception of free jazz as having an affinity with science fiction conceptions of human existence.
Sun Ship was one of the only albums John Coltrane's quartet recorded without sound engineer Rudy Van Gelder. It was also one of the last albums (with First Meditations, recorded a week later) which John Coltrane recorded before he began experimenting with larger groups. Tenor saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders was playing regularly with the band by September, 1965, and both McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones left the band in January, 1966.
John Coltrane - tenor saxophone, soprano
McCoy Tyner - piano
Jimmy Garrison - bass
Elvin Jones - drums1. Sun Ship
2. Dearly Beloved
5. Ascent$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Yusef Lateef: Live at Ronnie Scott'sLive at Ronnie Scott's January 15th 1966
This is a previously unreleased live club performance from Yusef Lateef, the brilliant multi-instrumentalist whose mixing of jazz and Eastern music was a great influence on some of the finest musicians of the era including John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders.
Accompanied at Ronnie Scott's by the house band of pianist Stan Tracey, double bassist Rick Laird and drummer Bill Eyden, most of the repertoire played comes from Lateef's earlier recordings for Savoy and Prestige such as Jazz Moods and Eastern Sounds. Lateef plays flute on The Dreamer and Last Night Blues (it was the last night of the run). He plays the shenai - a kind of oboe - on Blues from The Orient, the xun - a Chinese flute - on Song of Delilah, and tenor saxophone on Yusef's Mood.
The evening's performance was recorded by Les Tomkins at the request of Ronnie Scott. The musicians were unaware they were being recorded as Scott believed they would be at their best and most unselfconscious this way. This record was mastered at Gearbox Records directly from the original 1/4" tapes.
Cut on Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA cutting head and Telefunken U73B tube limiter; Maselec master control and equalisation.1. Angel Eyes
2. Blues From The Orient
3. Song Of Delilah
4. Last Night Blues
5. Yusef's Mood$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
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
Visiting This PlanetVisiting This Planet is Tisziji's maiden voyage as producer, bandleader, composer, and arranger; featuring rare band configurations and exciting performances by Pharaoh Sanders, Dave Liebman, Paul Shaffer, John Hicks, Cecil McBee, Art Davis, Bob Moses, and Idris Mohammed amoung others.1. Song for All Children
2. The Ways of Love
3. Astral Circus
4. A Spiritual Reunion
7. To Be
8. Crisis of Attachment
9. Visiting This Planet$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now