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The music of Sun Ra. I love the ’50 and ’60s albums and enjoy the later years. There’s so much constantly being released for the first time, I gave up trying to keep up with it all years ago.

The first time I heard him play at the Central Park Bandshell was the very first show of the annual Summerscape concert series. I heard the band again twice at the Bottom Line, NYC after his stroke.

During the recent celebrations of his arrival day, someone shared this rare recording. I’ve heard Sun Ra on many different electronic keyboards, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard him on the popular Fender Rhodes piano.

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Not much time to comment, so this one is just a listing of some things I’ve been listening to. This is all about me and you’re entitled to know what I’m listening to!

Evan Parker with Barry Guy, Paul Lytton and Marilyn Crispell – After Appleby (Leo)
Parker/Guy/Lytton & Schlippenbach Trio – 2×3=5 (Leo)
Evan Parker and David Liebman – Relevance (Toucan Records)
Julius Hemphill – Blue Boye (Screwgun)
Marshall Allen, Matt Shipp, Joe Morris – Night Logic (-Rougeart-)
Miles Davis – Porgy and Bess (CBS)
Marc Johnson – Shades of Jade (ECM)
Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Lustwandel (Gyroscope/Sky)
Nektar – A Tab in the Ocean (Bacillus(Bellaphon))

For years I’ve posted what I’ve listened to during the day. I’ve been doing this on Facebook since Fall 2008, now I’ve decided to start doing this on the blog.

A few weeks ago, I stumbled into my copy of Cecil Taylor’s Momentum Space back in the vault. I guess I bought it, listened to it and filed it, now I’m crazy about this album. Top shelf production with stellar performances by the trio. Pretty exciting to have Elvin here and the opening phrases by Dewey remind me of Jimmy Lyons. I never know what Cecil is going to do next when he’s playing, that’s part of his magic. Truly a historic moment.

I was looking for my copy of Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition with it’s heavenly version of Central Park West, so I pulled a few of his other albums. Saudades is a tribute to organist Larry Young, great but sometimes it slips too much into John Scofield’s thing. Beautiul when Young’s spirit shines through the music, Sco is still hip though.

DeJohnette’s Rev. King Suite on Sorcery reminds me of Alice Coltrane, melody on the organ. The low pass filter fluttering away on his drums is real trippy.

Both Kuhn and Kikuchi were recorded in NYC, Kuhn sounds like it and Kikuchi is a bit closer in feel to the ECM motherland. I’m familiar with Masabumi Kikuchi from recordings with Paul Motian, this is Motians last date before his passing last November.

May 15, 2012

Steve Kuhn Trio – Wisteria (ECM)
Masabumi Kikuchi with Paul Motian – Sunrise (ECM)

May 18, 2012

Cecil Taylor, Elvin Jones, Dewey Redman – Momentum Space (Verve)
Jack DeJohnette – Special Edition (ECM)
Jack DeJohnette, Larry Goldings, John Scofield aka Trio Beyond – Saudades (ECM)

May 19, 2012

Jack DeJohnette – Pictures (ECM)
Jack DeJohnette – Sorcery (Prestige)

For years I’ve posted what I’ve listened to during the day. I’ve been doing this on Facebook since Fall 2008, now I’ve decided to start doing this on the blog.

Julius Hemphill One Atmosphere

I’ve been on quite a Julius Hemphill festival this week, I bought Five Chord Stud, Fat Man and One Atmosphere a few years back. The CamJazz box really set me off and I’ve been enjoying this immensely.

Fred Frith’s Kick the Dog continues down the same path as old favorites Gravity and Speechless. Henry Cow is an early influential Frith group.

Historic Concerts is probably the only material from the Cecil Taylor box I haven’t heard yet, my interest in the man’s music continues to grow.

May 10, 2012

Cecil Taylor – Conquistador! (Blue Note)
Julius Hemphil – One Atmosphere (Tzadik)
Henry Cow – Stockholm & Goteborg (ReR Megacorp)

May 11, 2012

Fred Frith – Kick the Dog (Locus Solus/Cuneiform)
Julius Hemphill – Five Chord Stud (Black Saint)
Julius Hemphill – Fat Man and the Hard Blues (Black Saint)

May 12-13, 2012

World Saxophone Quartet (CamJazz box of Black Saint/Soul Note remasters)
Cecil Taylor and Max Roach – Historic Concerts (CamJazz box of Black Saint/Soul Note remasters)
Cecil Taylor – Winged Serpent (CamJazz box of Black Saint/Soul Note remasters)

For years I’ve posted what I’ve listened to during the day. I’ve been doing this on Facebook since Fall 2008, now I’ve decided to start doing this on the blog.

Gilgamesh - Arriving TwiceFor years I’ve posted what I’ve listened to during the day. I’ve been doing this on Facebook since Fall 2008, now I’ve decided to start doing this on the blog…comments welcome.

May 5, 2012

Gilgamesh – Another Fine Tune You’ve Gotten Me Into (Splax France)
Gilgamesh – Gilgamesh (Virgin)
Shirley Scott – Blue Seven (Prestege)
Maurice MacIntyre – Humility in the Light of Creation (Delmark)
Herbie Hancock Trio with Tony Williams and Ron Carter (CBS Sony/Japan)
Miles Davis – In Person, Saturday Night at the Blackhawk, Vol. II (Columbia)

May 6, 2012

Cecil Taylor with John Coltrane – Hard Driving Jazz (aka Stereo Drive, Coltrane Time) (UA, Blue Note)

May 7, 2012

ROVA – the Works, vol. 3 (Black Saint)
World Saxophone Quartet – Plays Duke Ellington (Elektra/Nonesuch)

Edgar Froese - Aqua

For years I’ve posted what I’ve listened to during the day. I’ve been doing this on Facebook since Fall 2008, now I’ve decided to start doing this on the blog…comments welcome.

Tonto’s Expanding Headband – Tonto Rides Again (Viceroy Vintage)
Edgar Froese – Aqua (Virgin)
Khan featuring Steve Hillage and Dave Stewart – Space Shanty (Deram)
Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Tarkus (Atlantic)
Herbie Hancock – Headhunters (Columbia)


Happy 5/4 Day:


George Russell - Live in an American Time Spiral (Soul Note)

For years I’ve posted what I’ve listened to during the day. I’ve been doing this on Facebook since Fall 2008, now I’ve decided to start doing this on the blog…comments welcome.

Ran Blake and Anthony Braxton – A Memory of Vienna (hatOLOGY)
Jan Garbarek – Afric Pepperbird (ECM)
George Russell – Live in an American Time Spiral (Soul Note)
World Saxophone Quartet – Steppin’ with the World Saxophone Quartet (Black Saint)
World Saxophone Quartet – WSQ (Black Saint)
Massacre (aka Fred Frith, Bill Laswell) – Killing Time (Fred Records)
The Microscopic Quartet – Friday the 13th, the Micros Play Monk (Cuneiform Records)

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