PHAROAH SANDERS: live at Jazz Cafe London

Pharoah Sanders has a rich and heavy sound, one of the rawest and most disturbing of the jazz scene, Pharoah is glorified by free jazz lovers, he kept that aggressiveness and immoderate passion. His latest more mature music touches lyricism, exploring gentler and more rational paths without losing the intensity of an apprentice to Coltrane. Coltrane after listening to a Pharoah’s engagement at the Village Gate, invited him to play with his band, Sanders has never become an official member of Coltrane’s ensemble. Before meeting Coltrane, Sanders went through a very difficult period in his life, unable to make a living with his music he had to pawn his saxophone and he even slept on the subway.  His first record as a leader was in 1964, Coltrane’s death was in 1967, his legacy of experimentalism and spiritualism still resonates today, many claimed to be the next Coltrane, Sanders was able to step out of his mentor’s shadow, reflecting his musical and spiritual passion.

Pharoah Sanders – tenor sax William Henderson – piano Antoine Banville – drums Miles Danso – bass

Live at Jazz Cafe London, 08 December, 2011

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A solo album from Waclaw Zimpel: a tutorial to the very centre of our self!

Gianni Lenoci / Kent Carter / Bill Elgart: Plaything

A trio must be tuned in to be perfect. The rest – change of style, surprisingness through its structures, sounds and ideas – improvised or not – reaches the audience as explorations develop: Gianni Lenoci / Kent Carter / Bill Elgart honour the jazz trio tradition!

Gianni Lenoci  Kent Carter  Bill Elgart Plaything
Track Listing: Plaything; Splinter; Contusion; Spider Diagram; Leeway; Kretek; Drift.

Personnel: Gianni Lenoci: piano; Kent Carter: bass; Bill Elgart: drums.

Wacław Zimpel To Tu Orchestra |Nature Moves

Waclaw Zimpel, clarinetist and a small orchestra interpret a consistent composition with a perfect title: Nature Moves – don’t expect to listen to the American jazz tradition – wait for the right moment to listen to it and enjoy the development of each piece – be patient and tolerant! It’s not easy listening…

Wacław Zimpel To Tu Orchestra Nature Moves
Personnel: Wacław Zimpel – A, Bb & alto clarinets ; Paweł Postaremczak – tenor & soprano saxophones; Dominik Strycharski – alto & tenor flutes; Jacek Kita – upright piano; Maciej Cierliński – hurdy-gurdy; Wojtek Traczyk – double bass; Mike Majkowski – double bass; Paweł Szpura – drums; Hubert Zemler – drums, metallophone

Tracklist: 1. Cycles (28:43) ;Nature Moves: 2. River (7:18) 3. Dry Landscape (8:28) 4. Under Surface (9:54) North: 5. Winter Walk (6:25) 6. Where the Prairie Meets the Mountains (15:42)

Archie Shepp Quartet | Blue Ballads

Archie Shepp has lived throughout his career all the aesthetic changes from R&B to free jazz more than any other musician. Today he appears as a sort of memory of the African-American music. His style, the musicians he plays with, everything builds his tone, dense and circular, almost traditional, inherited from Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, it is abrupt and zigzagged, his improvising is harmony free. This particular playlist showcases his 1995 album Blue Ballads except for track number four Blue and Sentimental which I couldn’t find on YouTube. It is absolutely a must listen – a great expression of African-American musical history!


Archie Shepp quartet


Sam Rivers: The Quest

When my jazz listening became more serious these three musicians meant the ultimate combo. Curiously, the three musicians only recorded three times as a trio, the last one 26 years later in 2007, a live performance in New York City. The Quest is their first recording – as free jazz expressionist Sam Rivers includes everything in his playing: tonal, atonal, loud, quiet, lyrical or fragmented. The trio sets from the seventies a full range of possibilities in free improvisation for many trios to come. Indeed – it is a real pleasure to listen to the interaction happening between them. A must listen from the 70’s!

sam rivers the quest

Tracks: Expectation, Vision, Judgement, and Hope.

Personnel: Sam Rivers tenor/soprano saxophone, flute  Dave Holland bass and Barry Altschul drums/percussion

Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer: Wiring

Trio 3 relives the free jazz of late Coltrane and Albert Ayler. This is their fourth album – each one brings a new pianist – now it’s Vijay Iyer‘s turn to share their free spirit.

Saxophonist Oliver Lake (World Saxophone Quartet), bassist Reggie Workman (John Coltrane) and drummer Andrew Cyrille (Cecil Taylor) don’t need reinforcement from anyone. But each different pianist creates a new subtlety and power, and Iyer’s presence brings intelectuallity and tradition.

trio 3 & vijay iyer wiring

Track Listing: The Prowl; Synapse II; Willow Song; Shave; Rosmarie; Suite for Trayvon (and Thousands More): I. Slimm; II. Fallacies; III. Adagio; Wiring; Chiara; Tribute to Bu.

Personnel: Oliver Lake: alto saxophone; Vijay Iyer: piano; Reggie Workman: bass; Andrew Cyrille: drums.

Free Jazz – Back to the sixties

It´s final! From now on I’ll be writing my blog posts in English. I think I can do it – I hope not to sound much as someone who doesn’t master this wonderful language!

My decision comes about after writing a comment on one of the blogs I follow. The post was about free jazz and how we can deal with such an exquisite way of expression. This is my comment, which I feel, reflects my experience with such strong jazz movement.


Music also reflects social and political changes. Free Jazz was born within the war, strikes and students protests, moral was changing fast, new voices in Jazz were defying the status quo, they sounded differently, they claimed for freedom.
I was lucky enough to be in a Cecil Taylor and a Sun Ra concert. Both impressed me pretty much – I had been listening to those voices – I survived and I believe free jazz taught me to accept new ways of expression, Ayler, Coleman and Brotzman were family to me. :)


listen  “Watusa” Sun Ra – Live at Newport Jazz Festival – July 3rd 1969



listen  “Unit Structure/As Of A Now Section” Cecil Taylor – 1966