Saturday, May 9, 2015

WILDFLOWERS 2 – The New York Loft Jazz Sessions (Douglas / LP2-1977)




Label: Douglas – NBLP 7046
Series: Wildflowers: The New York Loft Jazz Sessions – 2
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 - Flight To Sanity – The Need To Smile .................................................. 10:47
         Bass – Benny Wilson
         Congas – Don Moye
         Drums – Harold Smith
         Piano – Sonelius Smith
         Soprano Saxophone – Art Bennett
         Tenor Saxophone – Byard Lancaster
         Trumpet – Olu Dara

A2 - Ken McIntyre – Naomi ............................................................................ 6:00
         Congas, Percussion – Andy Vega
         Flute – Ken McIntyre
         Percussion [Multiple] – Andrei Strobert
         Piano – Richard Harper

B1 - Anthony Braxton – 73°-S Kelvin ............................................................. 6:30
         Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Contrabass Saxophone – Anthony Braxton
         Bass – Fred Hopkins
         Drums – Barry Altschul
         Guitar – Michael Jackson
         Piano – Anthony Davis
         Percussion – Phillip Wilson
         Trombone – George Lewis

B2 - Marion Brown – And Then They Danced ............................................... 7:00
         Alto Saxophone – Marion Brown
         Bass – Jack Greg
         Congas – Jumma Santos

B3 - Leo Smith & The New Delta Ahkri – Locomotif N°6 ............................. 6:00
         Alto Saxophone – Oliver Lake
         Bass – Wes Brown
         Drums – Paul Maddox, Stanley Crouch
         Piano – Anthony Davis
         Trumpet – Leo Smith

Note:
A1. Due to technical live recording problems, the beginning of "The Need To Smile" was not properly recorded. The producers felt the performance strong enough to include it with a logical beginning at the soprano saxophone solo.
B1. "73°-S Kelvin" is an excerpt of a continuous performance.
B2. "And Then They Danced" is presented here in its entirety. It fades rather than ends with applause because it was part of a continuous set where one composition followed into the next.

... Free jazz being almost synonym of Jazz during short period of late 60s-early 70s disappeared from American jazz scenes blown away by fusion.Yesterday stars trying to survive changed their music to more accessible (as Archie Shepp)or moved to Europe where free jazz stayed alive founding its niche in small clubs for years.In late 70s though American free jazz experienced some renaissance in a form of so called "loft jazz scene" - avant-garde jazz musicians activities based around New York Soho district former industrial lofts, refurbished to musicians studios. One of central such studio was Sam Rivers Studio Rivbea. Lot of concerts took a place there and some cult albums were recorded as well...

The second volume in this seminal series from the mid 70s – one that did a great job of documenting some of the formative underground playing that was happening in the New York loft scene, almost more creative work than in previous generations, thanks to a lack of commercial venues, and hence, commercial constraints on the music. Tracks include "And Then They Danced" by Marion Brown, "Locomotif" by Leo Smith, "Naomi" by Ken McIntyre, and "The Need To Smile" by a group with Byard Lancaster, Sonelius Smith, Don Moye, and Olu Dara.



If you find it, buy this album!

7 comments:

  1. WILDFLOWERS 2 – The New York Loft Jazz Sessions (LP2-1977)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC+Artwork

    1fichier:
    https://1fichier.com/?01us1vqm5n

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  2. Wow all of these look amazing. Thank you!

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  3. OK. Who's playing piano on the Braxton track??

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    1. It's left unclear, at least to me, to this day. I nowhere not been able to find information about it. We know that Braxton successfully playing the piano, but here this, I think, is not possible.

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  4. Found this googling:

    Anthony Braxton
    73°-S Kelvin [ 06:45 ]
    (Anthony Braxton)
    Wildflowers: The New York Loft Jazz Sessions

    Anthony Braxton, clarinete, saxo alto, saxo contrabajo
    George Lewis, trombón
    Anthony Davis, piano
    Michael Gregory Jackson, guitarra eléctrica
    Fred Hopkins, contrabajo
    Phillip Wilson, percusión
    Barry Altschul, batería
    New York, 1976.05.15?

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    1. Well done Andy, the mystery is finally solved, therefore, Anthony Davis - piano. This is a Spanish site, right?

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  5. big names and lesser ones, but they´re all strong performances...thank you...

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