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Its a real shame non-euros cant get spotify (you can actually but you will need to ask certain ppl how) as there is an AMAZING AMOUNT OF JAZZ on there. (all the ohio players too btw)

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 April 2010 15:30 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah, it'd be nice to have spotify ... :(

tylerw, Thursday, 22 April 2010 15:31 (thirteen years ago) link

So, for the first 3 albums: nothing too out there / free / experimental (yet). I expect EVERYONE is familiar with Miles Davis "Kind Of Blue" and John Coltrane "A Love Supreme" [ if not, go there first ].

Birth of The Cool is before Kind of Blue, and saw him move from a bebop (Charlie Parker) side player to a more relaxed mood.

Ellington & Coltrane has the beautifulest version of "In A Sentimental Mood" as the opener.

And Ben Neil as an example of jazz/electronics in the last 10 years.

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (1962)

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31DQHHX9XHL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/7qsnx3thQiQabvDkHfqI1m

Miles Davies - Birth Of The Cool (1957)

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41254DZ9ZPL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

spotfiy: http://open.spotify.com/album/5gvQFFeuEsr5liRU7E9WSw

Ben Neill - Triptycal

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_GQtuh1Q_luQ/SJpjEJq_X8I/AAAAAAAACr0/NqRw-BzHUto/s400/Neill,+Ben+-+Tryptical+-.jpg

Not on Spotfify / Last.fm page

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BWjuo9SUGM

[will try and find more audio online from Triptycal]

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Thursday, 22 April 2010 15:31 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm in. Also starting my own club for fun and laffs, check board soon plz.

T Bone Streep (Cave17Matt), Thursday, 22 April 2010 15:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Ben Neill - Triptycal was 1996

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Thursday, 22 April 2010 15:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Bagsy next week then!

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 April 2010 15:33 (thirteen years ago) link

all yours!

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Thursday, 22 April 2010 15:38 (thirteen years ago) link

Nice choices -- don't know the Ben Neill but I'll check it out ...
As far as "Duke Ellington plays w/ younger dudes" albums go, it'd be hard to beat Money Jungle, but the Coltrane/Duke album has some really wonderful moments. As you mentioned, "In A Sentimental Mood" is probably the best ever version of that song (and that's saying something!). I think Johnny Hodges himself said that was the best he'd ever heard.

tylerw, Thursday, 22 April 2010 15:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Ben Neill : these might work for American listeners:

http://www.playme.com/benneill/triptycal_2262943a.html [not avail in UK]
http://www.rhapsody.com/ben-neill/triptycal [not avail in UK]

No luck findingh much more audio (sorry), but if "Propeller" piqued your interest, there's this article which covers his move into dubstep.

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Thursday, 22 April 2010 15:56 (thirteen years ago) link

All three of these are on lala if you're American.

elephant rob, Thursday, 22 April 2010 16:07 (thirteen years ago) link

hmm don't think I know this Ellington/Coltrane album

the first circus ringleader in space (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 22 April 2010 16:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Will participate. Thank god work deadlines are going to ease up in the next couple of days and I can do some serious listening.

Nom Nom Nom Chomsky (WmC), Thursday, 22 April 2010 16:11 (thirteen years ago) link

that ben neill album cover hurts my head.

scott seward, Thursday, 22 April 2010 16:13 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah that's some shitty 90s designer tics on that

the first circus ringleader in space (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 22 April 2010 16:14 (thirteen years ago) link

count me in here, just saw that Ellington/Coltrane the other day but didn't get it.

bug holocaust (sleeve), Thursday, 22 April 2010 16:30 (thirteen years ago) link

The Ben Neill album may be a bad choice for week 1, but an interesting sideways step, away from expectations of jazz musicans I'm thinking - Propeller is the key track (YouTube clip upthread)

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Thursday, 22 April 2010 16:30 (thirteen years ago) link

not so keen on it

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Thursday, 22 April 2010 21:54 (thirteen years ago) link

wheres the jazz fans?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 April 2010 01:03 (thirteen years ago) link

I love the Coltrane/Ellington album. I hope to have more to say later in the week. It's interesting because it comes just at a moment that Coltrane is on the verge of plunging headfirst into the avant-garde scene (or rather he had just begun the plunge with Giant Steps). It's one of a series of eloquent neo-classical statements he released through '63. The culmination of the period, to me, is the Coltrane/Hartman album, which might be the most beautiful album ever recorded. But all the 'melodic' albums from this period, and very much including this one, are deeply elegiac, as record-by-record Coltrane says goodbye to everything Jazz had meant to him and most everybody else up to that moment, and braces himself and his listeners for the trek into the promised land that begins with A Love Supreme.
I don't intend to listen to that Neil thing unless someone posts something interesting enough to convince me otherwise. The Youtube clip fails to inspire confidence.
And at the risk of making a pariah of myself, I have to admit I've never quite gotten 'Birth of the Cool.' I recognize it's import, but I've listened to it a half dozen times and nothing ever stuck. It sounds exploratory in the weakest possible sense, as Davis indicates a number of aesthetic possibilities that other artists will explore more fruitfully. Pre-Kind of Blue Miles has always been something of blind spot. Maybe I'll try to correct that in the coming days.

MumblestheRevelator, Friday, 23 April 2010 01:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Kind of feel you on the Birth of the Cool. I like it quite a bit, but it's never struck me as the masterpiece that some claim it is. You might've had to be there - in the context of bebop, it probably sounded way more innovative than it does today. Still, a nice sound/band -- some great tonal things going on there, kind of a light, airy feel that you can't find a lot of other places. Like big band harmonies stripped down to a small(er) band format. I guess Gerry Mulligan's 50s stuff is the closest to this really.

Re: the Coltrane/Ellington, listened today ... I think the ballads work best, "Sentimental Mood" and "Little Brown Book." Got me thinking about the missed opportunities though ... Trane could've recorded "Africa" with Ellington band! Or something ...

tylerw, Friday, 23 April 2010 02:12 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm defo in!

I see what this is (Local Garda), Friday, 23 April 2010 06:51 (thirteen years ago) link

in my 'experience' - working in a big jazz rec dept for 3 years - BIRTH OF THE COOL puts more 'newcomers' off jazz than just abt any other rec - the recording, arrangements, even the playing just sound TOO dated now - def. not something I wld rec to ppl as a starting point for miles, or jazz

yeah, it's hard to quibble against that ellington/coltrane versh of 'in a sentimental mood' - and it's interesting to hear that hodges rated it, cos of course he was prob number one influence on trane (and hodges also always struck me as a hard-to-please kinda guy) - but the rest of the alb isn't all that tbh, and (w/ the exception of the johnny hartman collab) i wld rate all of coltrane's impulse albs above this one

this is one of my fave 'ironic' alb titles

http://www.incusrecords.force9.co.uk/images/cd3/incusCD25-sentimental-mood.jpg

Ward Fowler, Friday, 23 April 2010 07:34 (thirteen years ago) link

point/counterpoint

I listen to Birth Of The Cool more than any Miles album, except maybe Get Up With It. While it certainly doesn't have the weight of Kind Of Blue (or the over exposure-cum-pop-appeal of So What) it's important as it inspired the West Coast jazz sound.

BIRTH OF THE COOL puts more 'newcomers' off jazz than just abt any other rec
- come on, while a couple of tracks (Move) have the brisk be-bop thing going on it's pretty easy going and mostly its got enough swing for it to serve well enough as "Cafe Nero" music for those that don't care to listen closely. Its not crazy later period Miles or some crazy Art Ensemble of Chicago stuff.

But I have a soft spot for some of the be-bop inspired stuff from this period.

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Friday, 23 April 2010 09:28 (thirteen years ago) link

Also Jeru, Moon Dreams, Boplicity as beautiful - in a Cosby Show kind of way

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Friday, 23 April 2010 09:31 (thirteen years ago) link

are beautiful

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Friday, 23 April 2010 09:31 (thirteen years ago) link

actually, Boplicity is not that beautiful.

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Friday, 23 April 2010 09:34 (thirteen years ago) link

should we say:

pfunk: 30 April
a hoy hoy: 7 May
local garda: 14 May
tannenbaum: 21 May

anyone else want to curate a week?

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Friday, 23 April 2010 10:00 (thirteen years ago) link

i don't mean it puts ppl off cos it's 'some crazy Art Ensemble of Chicago stuff' (whatever that means), i mean it puts ppl off cos it sounds OLD and BORING and SAFE and UNEXCITING, especially to jazz newcomers whose listening/hearing has been conditioned by rock music/dance music - recs like GET UP WITH IT, or even A JACKSON IN YOUR HOUSE, are actually much approachable/understandable to ppl under the age of 40, imho, than 'classic' bebop or cool jazz or west coast jazz or whatevs

Ward Fowler, Friday, 23 April 2010 10:17 (thirteen years ago) link

I see what you're saying, but I wasn't comparing Birth Of The Cool to "crazy" Art Ens. of C material; I meant it was some way removed from that strain of jazz.

I'll admit that the passing of time probably has made the west count sound and be-bop seem like cheesy shit to modern ears attuned to rock/dance (although hiphop fans should find enough breaks in hard-bop to dig it).

So, not trying to dissuade you from your opinion and Art Ens. Of C's "Theme De Yoyo" is as good an example of an accesible entry point for rock/dance/funk fans into some searing, going-straight-for-the-jugular jazz as there probably is.

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Friday, 23 April 2010 10:57 (thirteen years ago) link

Also, Ward you should curate a week.

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Friday, 23 April 2010 10:59 (thirteen years ago) link

would love to, ty!

Ward Fowler, Friday, 23 April 2010 11:56 (thirteen years ago) link

cool, you can do 21 May

pfunk: 30 April
a hoy hoy: 7 May
local garda: 14 May
ward fowler: 21 May
tannenbaum: 28 May

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Friday, 23 April 2010 12:01 (thirteen years ago) link

where's xyzzzzzzzzz he needs to do it too

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 April 2010 12:08 (thirteen years ago) link

I remember not liking Birth of the Cool when I first heard it years ago for the reasons mentioned above (recording quality, "corniness"). Now I hear it as a response to both big band swing and bebop, and having that historical context has made it more enjoyable. I think it would have been better with more Gil Evans arrangements.

The ballads on the Ellington/Coltrane are beautiful, but overall it feels kind of under-developed. Some of Money Jungle strikes me the same way. Of the Ellington collaborations I've heard from this period, I'm more likely to put on the one with Louis Armstrong.

Brad C., Friday, 23 April 2010 13:19 (thirteen years ago) link

listened to Birth of the Cool this morning, and it sounded great -- I take it back! Total masterpiece. (I think it rewards closer listening ... having it on in the background, it sounds ... like background music. But on the headphones this morning it sounded pretty deep and rich.)
What makes Money Jungle way better than the Coltrane/Ellington collab is the *tension*. Mingus sounds like he really doesn't want to let Duke cruise on that recording. On the Coltrane record it sounds like everyone got along and chilled. And made a decent, if not fantastic, record.
(i'd do a week of this too ...)

tylerw, Friday, 23 April 2010 14:42 (thirteen years ago) link

learn yr dates, jazzxors:

pfunk: 30 April
a hoy hoy: 7 May
local garda: 14 May
ward fowler: 21 May
Cave17Matt: 28 May
Nom Nom Nom Chomsky (WmC): 4 June
tylerw: 11 June
tannenbaum: 18 June

i'll keep bumping myself down if more want to curate a week

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Friday, 23 April 2010 14:50 (thirteen years ago) link

I hope my selections aren't too mainstream!

I see what this is (Local Garda), Friday, 23 April 2010 14:57 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm always up for following you Tannenbaum , happy to have as many turns as possible.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 April 2010 14:57 (thirteen years ago) link

Nah, I'm keen to be exposed to other stuff/choices.

Also, would like to ask for just 2 choices per week so I can also take in the funk, brazilian and rap threads going on.

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Friday, 23 April 2010 14:59 (thirteen years ago) link

But he gave me permission to do 3!

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 April 2010 15:02 (thirteen years ago) link

wtf shitting on birth of the cool

bamcquern, Friday, 23 April 2010 15:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Nom Nom Nom Chomsky (WmC): 4 June

Hey cool, I just meant I'd participate in that I'd listen and post on the records, but I'm excited to curate a week as well. I thought about asking but didn't want to barge in.

Nom Nom Nom Chomsky (WmC), Friday, 23 April 2010 15:22 (thirteen years ago) link

I was agnostic on Birth of the Cool for years in basically the same way as stated above. But I listened to it yesterday for this thread and really loved it. "Moon Dreams" is particularly lovely.

Also, thank you MumblestheRevelator: I've been meaning to check out the Coltrane/Hartman album for ages and this prompted me to do it finally.

elephant rob, Friday, 23 April 2010 15:39 (thirteen years ago) link

birth of the cool would scare newcomers to jazz away? really? that's sad. and strange.

i already made fun of the cover, but, man, that ben neil track above is funny because it actually SOUNDS like the cover. i would have thought that impossible. apologies to ben, but my first reaction to his track was: i really wouldn't want anyone to hear me listening to this. so, don't really want to hear the rest.

scott seward, Friday, 23 April 2010 16:10 (thirteen years ago) link

i wish i had that ellington/coltrane album here right now. i could go for that.

scott seward, Friday, 23 April 2010 16:11 (thirteen years ago) link

That Monk album of Ellington covers is great, but I'm a sucker for ironic piano standards.

bamcquern, Friday, 23 April 2010 16:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Ben Neill: its certainly of its time with the drum'n'bass thing half way through.

De que estas hablando? (Tannenbaum Schmidt), Friday, 23 April 2010 16:17 (thirteen years ago) link

its not my thing

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Friday, 23 April 2010 16:51 (thirteen years ago) link

what does Neill's version of "After the Gold Rush" sound like?!

tylerw, Friday, 23 April 2010 16:53 (thirteen years ago) link

lol sorry I am bad at following rules

ice cr?m's world of female people (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 19:33 (twelve years ago) link

(eh I guess the albums are only 6-7 years apart fwiw)

ice cr?m's world of female people (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 19:34 (twelve years ago) link

you were supposed to email me so i can provide spotify links

Donald Byrd - A New Perspective
http://open.spotify.com/album/2ZXECfiklUdtYcDZTU6jOF

Art Ensemble of Chicago - Message to Our Folks
http://open.spotify.com/album/5XvmZV63Y8OPDbD2cS0mXU

Algerian Goalkeeper, Tuesday, 1 March 2011 19:35 (twelve years ago) link

Heard much about A New Perspective...and had it in my hands the last time I was in the shop. Next time I'll be leaving with it.

BTW, for us non-UK, spotifyless folks, I've found that just about record can be at the very least be sample via youtube.

xtianDC, Tuesday, 1 March 2011 20:01 (twelve years ago) link

Best track off that great album IMO. Good picks, thanks.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 20:08 (twelve years ago) link

btw the reason I ever even heard of the Byrd album in the first place:

http://mykec.net/mykec/images/mly/tone_loc__loced_after_dark.jpg

ice cr?m's world of female people (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 21:02 (twelve years ago) link

Didn't participate in the last one but am interested in a week this time. Still okay to post, uh, non-spotify links?

I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 23:17 (twelve years ago) link

Agreed on Cristo, it's sublime.

Ride, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 00:28 (twelve years ago) link

you want to swap with ilxor then?
xp

Algerian Goalkeeper, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 00:30 (twelve years ago) link

Okay, I'll hit it on March 9.

I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Wednesday, 2 March 2011 02:27 (twelve years ago) link

wooo!

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Wednesday, 2 March 2011 16:22 (twelve years ago) link


March 2 - Shakey Mo
March 9 - Doug Watson
March 16 - Algerian Goalie
March 23 - Ride
March 30 - xtian DC
April 6 - ilxor

Algerian Goalkeeper, Wednesday, 2 March 2011 16:27 (twelve years ago) link

Okay, here are some free fusion gems from the less obvious decades (read, I avoided anything from the 70s.)

Pinski Zoo - Introduce Me To The Doctor (Despatch, 1981)
http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/8854/00introducemetothedocto.jpg
Not a Spotify link
The debut disc of this frenzied post-punk jazz outfit from the UK. Fronted by reed player Jan Kopinski and-- for this album at least-- keyboardist Steve Iliffe. Kinda like if Rip Rig & Panic had eschewed the vocals and had developed under the tutelage of Ornette Coleman rather than Don Cherry.

Corporate Art - Corporate Art (JMT, 1991)
http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/7403/00corporateart.jpg
Not a Spotify link
A sort of supergroup that happily manages to deliver on expectations. Bobby Previte, Gary Thomas, Christy Doran and Mark Helias recorded this one-off session that blends angular jazz rock with the funky tensions of M-Base. Doran really shines here, with a style that reminds a bit of John McLaughlin's more soulful comping (Miles' "Right Off", Joe Farrell's "Follow Your Heart")

Date Course Pentagon Royal Garden - Report From Iron Mountain (P-Vine, 2001)
http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/3597/00reportfromironmountai.jpg
Not a Spotify link
Don't know that much about this Japanese ensemble. There's some involvement by Otomo Yoshide and it's led by Naruyoshi Kikuchi, who may be related to keyboardist Masabumi Kikuchi (whose "Circle/Line" is covered here.) Actually, the whole affair pursues that digitized free funk filter that Masabumi stretched over Miles' apocalyptic funk concept. For more reading, Sonic Asymmetry has a very worthy read here.

I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 20:45 (twelve years ago) link

lol never heard of any of this!

You hurt me deeply. You hurt me deeply in my heart. (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 20:49 (twelve years ago) link

Hopefully that's a good thing?

I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 21:32 (twelve years ago) link

totally

You hurt me deeply. You hurt me deeply in my heart. (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 21:33 (twelve years ago) link

Seem to remember Pinski Zoo having at least one release on SST...? Would have been mid 90s.

WmC, Tuesday, 8 March 2011 21:41 (twelve years ago) link

I don't think SST ever released a Pinski Zoo record. Zoogz Rift, maybe?

I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 23:36 (twelve years ago) link

dunno these either!

March 16 - Algerian Goalie
March 23 - Ride
March 30 - xtian DC
April 6 - ilxor

Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 10 March 2011 16:53 (twelve years ago) link

I think we will move to 1 album per week, see if that stimulates more chat.

Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 10 March 2011 17:13 (twelve years ago) link

I remember back in my days as a high school "radio station" "dj" we had that Byrd record floating around. I think my hip-hop-loving friend was also into it because of some sample on it. At the time I was sort of still sorting things out and categorizing things and being kind of uptight and purist, and I didn't really know what basket to put the record in, so I wasn't so keen on it. Would be curious to give it another chance.

for real molars who ain't got no fillings (Hurting 2), Thursday, 10 March 2011 23:04 (twelve years ago) link

I think we will move to 1 album per week, see if that stimulates more chat.

Fair enough. Since we've still some time before next week, why don't we limit my above selection to just the Pinski Zoo? Am interested in hearing other impressions.

I am on a drug. It's called (doug watson), Thursday, 10 March 2011 23:15 (twelve years ago) link

no no thats ok. your picks are fine. Hopefully there will be some discussion

Algerian Goalkeeper, Thursday, 10 March 2011 23:28 (twelve years ago) link

i still need to listen, anyone else play them?

Algerian Goalkeeper, Tuesday, 15 March 2011 15:54 (twelve years ago) link

Hank Mobley - Soul Station (1960)
https://www.ifmusic.co.uk/images/product_images/HankMobley-SoulStation.jpg

http://open.spotify.com/album/6LgMSHDA0nBRV9Vlgy8j5r

Often overlooked, perhaps because he wasn't a great innovator in jazz but merely a stellar performer, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley was at the peak of his powers on Soul Station. Recorded with a superstar quartet including Art Blakey on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and Wynton Kelly on piano, it was the first album since Mobley's 1955 debut to feature him as a leader without any other accompanying horns. The clean, uncomplicated sound that resulted from that grouping helps make it the best among his albums and a peak moment during a particularly strong period in his career. Mobley has no problem running the show here, and he does it without being flashy or burying the strong work of his sidemen. The solidness of his technique means that he can handle material that is occasionally rhythmically intricate, while still maintaining the kind of easy roundness and warmth displayed by the best players of the swing era. Two carefully chosen standards, "Remember" and "If I Should Lose You," help to reinforce that impression by casting an eye back to the classic jazz era. They bookend four Mobley originals that, in contrast, reflect the best of small-group composition with their lightness and tight dynamics. Overall, this is a stellar set from one of the more underrated musicians of the bop era.

I left this out the last time i took a turn so here it is. Enjoy!

Algerian Goalkeeper, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 00:22 (twelve years ago) link

Like that album a lot. If you enjoy it I also recommend checking out No Room for Squares

for real molars who ain't got no fillings (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 00:23 (twelve years ago) link

Great album...the only Mobley I own so far. Curious to hear more. Gonna give it some more spins tonight and tomorrow now.

Btw, my copy has more of a green-blue sepia tone. Any story with the subtle variations of the cover?

xtianDC, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 01:04 (twelve years ago) link

i have no idea

Algerian Goalkeeper, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 13:57 (twelve years ago) link

Blakey's solo on This I Dig Of You owns. (What a great song title, btw!)

xtianDC, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 15:25 (twelve years ago) link

Mtume - Alkebu-Lan (Land of the Blacks)

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3602/218/1600/alke_front.jpg

Heavy shit, cats! Dig!

Nothing Is' description

Listen

Ride, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 17:20 (twelve years ago) link

messed up the image link somehow, let's try again

http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3602/218/1600/alke_front.jpg

Recorded August 29, 1971 at The East, New York. According to Jim Flannery of the Kozmigroove Mailing List, it's "Pretty damn wild...AACM goes to Africa... but I guess I'd have to add 'Pharoahs go to Saturn' to get the picture complete. Starts out with a four-minute speech describing the role of 'these jams' in the service of Black Nationalism... and then backs it up. Cover is black with white line-drawing of a sorta Egyptian-meets-subSaharan figure (Pharoanic beard, pyramids for eyes, goat amulet), back side has an eye-in-pyramid drawing with photo of Mtume leaning against it." Having finally heard this record finally, I love it. While it's certainly dated, it's a fascinating glimpse of the marriage of early 1970s Afro-centric music, politics and spirituality, plus it really grooves. To me reminiscent of Bartz' Ntu Group work, it's more energetic and colorful than those records. A treasure: Strata-East was an extraordinary label.

-Ian Scott Horst: Jazz Supreme

Ride, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:19 (twelve years ago) link

looks like img tags ain't working for me

Ride, Wednesday, 23 March 2011 18:23 (twelve years ago) link

Awfully quiet here of late. My turn?

Let's go with the record I am listening to for the first time, right now:
Pharoah Sanders Tauhid(1966)
http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drc400/c486/c486189tn40.jpg

Tauhid marks the 1966 Impulse debut of tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, who had already gained fame as a flame-throwing saxophonist of the "new thing" playing with John Coltrane. However, Sanders' tenor appearance doesn't saturate the atmosphere on this session; far from it. Sanders is content to patiently let the moods of these three pieces develop, whether it be through the percussion of Roger Blank and Nat Bettis, guitarist Sonny Sharrock, or his own piccolo. For those looking for Sanders' patented screeching tenor throughout, Tauhid will disappoint.

I see Pharoah is getting some play on another thread at the moment. I am loving Karma, Jewels of Thought and Thembi. Excited to let this one weave its hypnotic spell.

Did I mention I am seeing the man play the first weekend in May? Beyond excited.

xtianDC, Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:40 (twelve years ago) link

nice, I've latched onto this record and Karma pretty heavily. also be sure to check out Black Unity (the other i've heard; it's also fantastic)

hey ilxor, thanks for contributing, glad you stopped by (ilxor), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 17:49 (twelve years ago) link

Black Unity is on its way to me as we speak! Also picked up a nice vinyl copy of Live At The East. Not sure if this one ever made it to cd or not?

xtianDC, Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:15 (twelve years ago) link

get elevation too guys...amazing record.

just properly reading back over this thread, the mtume sounds well up my street. checking it out now.

Packie Bonner (Local Garda), Wednesday, 30 March 2011 21:29 (twelve years ago) link


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