More Sun Ra!
This is one of my faves
I’m a keys player, so mainly piano ahead, but:
early Herbie is magic. See also:
Monk, of course -
- which sounds dense and complex, and whilst his technique is a huge part of it… so much of it is actually just there in the chord voicing.
(and that’s Nubya Garcia on sax in the background, so let’s swap the roles:
with a heck of a lineup there. Seriously, that whole Tomorrow’s Warriors / Jazz re:freshed scene is superb).
Of course, I’m not just going to link to piano:
a classic, but most early Jimmy works. And organ’s a tradition with so many players. Here’s Mike Carr, a British player I’ve seen:
and here’s Corey Henry on a gospel-derived trip through He Has Made Me Glad:
and organ pairs with guitar, and through that I got into (amongst other things) Wes Montgomery:
I’ll stop for now.
first time I heard this I rolled around in the back seat wailing for a good ten minutes
Can you reco some culty / synth Alice Coltrane? I’m new to her music.
I will add a post. This record blows my socks off and causes my brains to leak out of my ears. If nothing else, listen to the spoken intro by Mingus where he admonishes the audience not to take any drinks or rattle the ice in their glasses, etc.
Here’s a doc (that I have not watched) about her Ashram.
Stumbling upon the late 60s spiritual jazz, particularly Coltrane ‘A Love Supreme’ and later changed a lot for me. Some of the most important music to me…
I’m not a super in-the-know jazz head, but I try to pay some attention to newer releases. I’ve been digging these records:
Such a great record, and so many another great things in this thread so far.
Here’s another Mingus contribution, one of my all time favorites.
So much great music in here already!
One of my all time favourites
One of the most influential albums for me. Fairly recent, by comparison, and yet very well rooted in jazz history.
Mother May You Rest in Bliss!
(Brigitte Fontaine and Art Ensemble of Chicago)
(extraordinary flutist, solo flute + electric)
(Hamid Drake live = ecstasy)
(Very much recommend this doc…Milford Graves Full Mantis)
(Sunny Murray record with Bob Dickie of Strapping Fieldhands and Philadelphia’s Ninth street Records on bass!)
I’m a huge Marion Brown fan. Interesting connection for this crowd: he worked with Harold Budd and played on Pavilion of Dreams. This is my favorite Brown album and has a Budd composition:
yall are amazing I’m so glad I started this- going to listen to all of them!
Grachan Moncur was mentioned, he also wrote and played on this lovely start-stop cut on Jackie McLean’s Destination: Out! which I let roll almost every time I have folks over for dinner.
O hell yes. Ayler is such an icon. “Vibrations” is my favorite w/ Don Cherry!
I have a fun story how I found out about this record, too.
One day in 1999 I was in downtown Rochester, NY at a Goodwill digging through the cassettes. There was a dub of “Vibrations” in the bin for 25 cents. Having heard of Ayler but not his music, I quickly laid down my quarter piece and retreated to my 1984 Pontiac. I put “Vibrations” in the deck and my life has been better ever since.
you seem pretty “in the know” to me…
universal beings is a modern classic
great concept + great contributions from the collaborators
it was a personal revelation when i heard it…had been completely ignorant of his work
but i knew many who played with him on the record (especially the LA crew)
young genius - a track i’ve listened to countless times . really well engineered…cutting across timelines to reference and demonstrate relationships between a few distinct styles . immediately appeals to me cause i love ensembles w/ a talented harpist . which lends the track an air of novelty since few 21st century bands who draw from spiritual jazz or fusion give proper tribute to alice and ashby (or, for that matter, maintain an acoustic aesthetic on recordings)
suite haus - great jazz has always drawn from popular black music for rhythmic arrangements and quotes/knods to the listener . this song actually manages to hint at both ancient african beats and more modern dance floor shuffle w/o feeling icky…weaving a subtle narrative between both . nothing terribly “technical” here in the form of solos but on the whole still fits the spirit of the genre and sounds fresh to my ears…it’s surprisingly lighthearted and enjoyable . surprised me in several ways not the least of which was the playing of guest star nubya (who’s solo work i’ve never really liked) . makaya & nubya really shine here tho
An album I discovered recently that I’ve fallen completely in love with is Soweto Kinch’s Nonagram, which is a stellar fusion of Jazz and Hiphop, often veering in surprising directions:
Albert Ayler be my favourite.