Marion Brown – Porto Novo (1969)

frontcover1This was one of altoist Marion Brown’s best recordings. Although a very adventurous improviser, Brown usually brought lyricism and a thoughtful (if unpredictable) approach to his music. Accompanied by bassist Maarten van Regteben Altena and drummer Han Bennink for this stimulating session (recorded in Holland), Brown stretches out on five of his compositions and is heard at the peak of his creative powers (by Scott Yanow)

Alto saxophonist Marion Brown has always existed on the periphery of avant-garde jazz. His lithe soloing has by and large eschewed the edgy, colorful flare-ups that constantly cap Ornette Coleman’s most brilliant runs. This trio session features Brown in ideal company, with then-youthful drummer Han Bennink and bassist Marteen Altena filling out the group. Together, the group trots the line between fluid motion and crisp execution, with Brown’s alto making pungent jabs amidst Bennink’s popping drumming and Altena’s rubbery bass. Most impressively, Brown captures the continuity from Johnny Hodges’ swing to the avant-garde’s high energy in his catholic sound and in this trio’s pouncing intensity. (by Andrew Bartlett)

Attention please: This is free jazz !

My copy is a re-release from 1975 by the famous Arista Records label. This album was original recorded in 1967 !


Alternate frontcover

Maarten van Regteren Altena (bass)
Han Bennink (drums)
Marion Brown (saxophone, percussion)
Leo Smith (trumpet, percussion)

01. Similar Limits 6.25
02. Sound Structure 6.10
03. Improvisation 5.50
04. Qbic 6.32
05. Porto Novo 11.55
06. And Then They Danced  16.05
07. Rhythmus No. 1 3.30

All compisitions by Marion Brown



Original frontcover from 1969



Chick Corea – The Song Of Singing (1970)

FrontCover1The Song of Singing is Chick Corea’s fifth solo recording, released in 1970.

The album features a trio with Barry Altschul on drums and Dave Holland on bass (together with Corea making up three fourths of Circle). The setting of the album is free and spontaneous with a few scripted pieces to keep everything on track. The lone piece composed by someone not in the band, Wayne Shorter’s Nefertiti is now considered a jazz standard. (by wikipedia)

This LP features the rhythm section of Circle (pianist Chick Corea, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Barry Altschul) playing rather advanced improvisations on group originals (highlighted by Holland’s “Toy Room”) and “Nefertiti.” Influenced by the early Art Ensemble of Chicago, this music is rather free and avant-garde but rewards close listenings. (by Scott Yanow)

Chick pairs with his Circle collaborators Dave Holland (bass) and Barry Altschul (drums) for The Song of Singing, a free-thinking trio album built on truly extraordinary improvisation. The spirit of the trio pulses through each tune, building from quiet tones to the refined beauty of the closer, Wayne Shorter’s “Nefertiti.” This is a next-level piano trio giving it all they’ve got.(taken from Chick´s website)


Barry Altschul (drums)
Chick Corea (piano)
Dave Holland (bass)


01. Toy Room (Holland) 5.51
02. Ballad I (Altschul/Corea/Holland) 4.17
03. Rhymes (Corea) 6.50
04. Flesh (Corea) 6.06
05. Ballad III (Altschul/Corea/Holland) 5.34
06. Nefertiti (Shorter) 7.05



Sam Rivers & James Newton – Flutes (1976)

FrontCover1Samuel Carthorne Rivers (September 25, 1923 – December 26, 2011) was an American jazz musician and composer. He performed on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica and piano.

Active in jazz since the early 1950s, he earned wider attention during the mid-1960s spread of free jazz.

With a thorough command of music theory, orchestration and composition, Rivers was an influential and prominent artist in jazz music. (by wikipedia)

Sam Rivers and Joe Daley NYC - July, 1976

Sam Rivers and Joe Daley NYC – July, 1976

James W. Newton (born May 1, 1953, Los Angeles, California, United States) is an American jazz and classical flautist, composer, and conductor.

From his earliest years, James Newton grew up immersed in the sounds of African-American music, including urban blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel. In his early teens he played electric bass guitar, alto saxophone, and clarinet. In high school he took up the flute, influenced by Eric Dolphy.[2] In addition to taking lessons in classical music on flute, he also studied jazz with Buddy Collette. He completed his formal musical training at California State University, Los Angeles.

JamesNewtonFrom 1972 to 1975, together with David Murray, Bobby Bradford, and Arthur Blythe, Newton was a member of drummer (and later critic) Stanley Crouch’s band Black Music Infinity. From 1978 to 1981 he lived in New York, leading a trio with pianist and composer Anthony Davis and cellist Abdul Wadud. These three played extended chamber jazz and Third Stream compositions by Newton and Davis. With Davis, Newton founded a quartet and toured successfully in Europe in the early 1980s. Afterwards, he performed with a wide variety of musicians, including projects by John Carter and the Mingus Dynasty. Newton has released four recordings of his solo improvisations for flute. Since the 1990s Newton has often worked with musicians from other cultural spheres, including Jon Jang, Gao Hong, Kadri Gopalnath, and Shubhendra Rao, and has taken part in many cross-cultural projects.

Newton has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, L’Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris, Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Southwest Chamber Music, California EAR Unit, New York New Music Ensemble, and the San Francisco Ballet.

He served for five years as Musical Director/Conductor of the Luckman Jazz Orchestra and has held professorships at the University of California, Irvine, the California Institute of the Arts, and California State University, Los Angeles. In 1989 he wrote and published a method book entitled The Improvising Flute. In 2007 he published Daily Focus For The Flute.

He has also composed classical works for chamber ensemble and orchestra, as well as electronic music. In 1997 he wrote an opera, The Songs of Freedom. Based on the knowledge of the deep tradition of “extended” jazz compositions and European contemporary music, Newton uses post-serial methods in composing.[vague] His compositions may be judged as specifically African-American not solely because of the presence of crucial idiomatic elements such as rhythm, pronunciation, and transformation of sound, but also because of their dialoguing between different cultures. In his compositional output, he specializes in chamber music and writing for unconventional instrumentations. He has also written a symphony and composed for ballet and modern dance. In 2006 he composed a Latin Mass which premiered in Prato, Italy, in February 2007.

This is a very rare album, released on Circle Records,  a German jazz record label established in 1976. Most albums have not been reissued.

And yes … this is free jazz …. if you know what I mean !

FreeJazz01Essence Part XI recorded live September 2, 1976 at the Bim Huis, Amsterdam
The Dean + Choir recorded live May 21, 1977 from Studio A Pacifica Radio, KPFK, Cahuenga Bl, N. Hollywood
Woman recorded live January 16, 1977 at the Smudge Pot, Claremont, California


On “Essence – Part XI”:
Joe Daley (french horn, tuba)
Sam Rivers (flute)
James Newton (flute on 02. – 04.)

01. Essence – Part XI (Rivers) 13.22
02. Woman (Bradford) 6.08
03. The Dean (alternate take) (Newton) 7.40
04. Choir (Newton) 4.29