Saturday, May 9, 2015

WILDFLOWERS 1 – The New York Loft Jazz Sessions (Douglas / LP1-1977)




Label: Douglas – NBLP 7045
Series: Wildflowers: The New York Loft Jazz Sessions – 1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album / Country: US / Released: 1977
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded May 14 thru May 23, 1976 at Studio Rivbea, 24 Bond Street, New York.
Engineer [Assistant] – Les Kahn
Engineer [Chief] – Ron Saint Germain
Engineer [Remote Assistant] – Matt Murray
Executive-producer – Harley I. Lewin
Liner Notes – Ross Firestone
Mastered By – Ray Janos
Photography By – Peter Harron
Producer – Alan Douglas, Michael Cuscuna, Sam Rivers

A1 - Kalaparusha – Jays ...................................................................................... 6:00
        Bass, Electric Bass – Chris White
        Drums – Jumma Santos
        Tenor Saxophone – Kalaparusha (Maurice McIntyre)

A2 - Ken McIntyre – New Times .......................................................................... 7:25
        Alto Saxophone – Ken McIntyre (Makanda)
        Congas – Andy Vega
        Percussion [Multiple] – Andrei Strobert
        Piano – Richard Harper

A3 - Sunny Murray & The Untouchable Factor – Over The Rainbow ................. 5:30
        Alto Saxophone – Byard Lancaster
        Bass – Fred Hopkins
        Drums – Sunny Murray
        Tenor Saxophone – David Murray
        Vibraphone – Khan Jamal

B1 - Sam Rivers – Rainbows ............................................................................. 10:00
        Bass – Jerome Hunter
        Drums – Jerry Griffin
        Soprano Saxophone – Sam Rivers

B2 - Air – Usu Dance ............................................................................................ 7:45
        Alto Saxophone – Henry Threadgill
        Bass – Fred Hopkins 
         Drums, Percussion – Steve McCall

In the mid-1970s, a jazz renaissance blossomed in large New York loft spaces that the musicians had reclaimed from the depressed blocks of the trendy Soho and Noho areas. The Wildflowers sessions, originally released on Douglas on five LPs, captured performances by almost 100 musicians in numerous configurations. The recordings were made over two weekends at the most famed of the lofts, Studio Rivbea, the home and workspace of saxophonist-flutist-composer Sam Rivers and his wife, Beatrice. Rivers orchestrated the lineup, played host to patrons, and performed as well. The sessions featured many figures well-established in New York, including Rivers, drummer Andrew Cyrille, and pianist Randy Weston, but they also attracted players from the seedbed of so much African American aesthetic jazz exploration in the 1960s and '70s, Chicago.

In addition, Rivers invited to town some key players from Philadelphia and New Haven; there were several newcomers to New York, too, including, from out West, a very young David Murray. The music all had immediacy and urgency fitting to the aesthetic task at hand--to consolidate the gains of the free-jazz and New Thing movements of the 1960s. Indeed, many of the players remain key figures today in that project: Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, and Leo Smith among them. In addition to their performances, highlights of the package include Rivers's radiant meandering over his composition "Rainbow"; pianist Weston's impassioned homage to his father; and performances by important, but often under-recognized innovators, including saxophonist Ken McIntyre and pianist Dave Burrell. Here is a seminal document in American music...



If you find it, buy this album!

21 comments:

  1. WILDFLOWERS 1 – The New York Loft Jazz Sessions (LP1-1977)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC+Artwork

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    https://1fichier.com/?qr96zxatmh

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  2. Chiquilicuatre y ZappaMay 9, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Thanks for the five albums in FLAC,Byard Lancaster and others...

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  3. Good work Vitko. I don't know any of these albums yet. Thank you.

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  4. Another excelent post.
    Thank you very much!

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  5. Wonderful snapshots of an exciting and very creative time and place. Thank you very, very much Vitko.

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  6. I know of these, but have only ever found Vol.1 in vinyl. And that I haven't heard in 20 years or more. I look forward to hearing it again. AND the other 4!!! Many thanks, Vitko, I never thought I'd ever see the complete set.

    -Brian

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  8. Thank you for such a festival. This post deserves a toast ... I'm going peep into the fridge. Cheers, Vitko!

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    1. Hi Igor,
      I just drank a glass of well-chilled red wine. You know, it's good for the tense nerves :)
      Cheers!

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  9. I'd like to join in the toast. Wonderful post!

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  10. I invite you to check out these Cuban songs with new English lyrics, find those with the jazzy feel and share them with your colleagues and readers.

    http://creacionespersonalesjfc.blogspot.com/2014/09/cuban-songbook.html

    All the best!

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  11. What great pieces of history! Thanks Vitko!

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  12. great,,,hurray for the players...thank you...

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  13. Such a great, wonderful music on this album!!!
    Can't wait to hear other volumes.
    Vitko, thanks a million!!!

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  14. Big thanks for this! Late to the party ;-)
    BeRestor'd

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