Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons - 1967 - Firebirds

Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons 

01. The Island Song 8:47
02. Psalm Of Solomon 10:45
03. Prelude To Bird 3:53
04. The Loved Ones 5:21
05. Firebirds 10:05

Alto Saxophone, English Horn – Sonny Simmons
Alto Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet [Alto] – Prince Lasha
Bass – Buster Williams
Drums – Charles Moffett
Vibraphone – Bobby Hutcherson

Album Cover And Liner Notes 1968 By Contemporary Records

Essential work from the forgotten men of free jazz.Lasha and Simmons had already created one essential record together The Cry.For this effort they let the full range of their instrumental talents shine playing flutes,alto sax,English horn etc.They also have a true trump card in the form of Vibes man Bobby Hutcherson who was at the peak of his powers at this stage.Again we have the mixture of free horns and vibes played over a more conventional rhythm section of Charles Moffet and Buster Williams.Opener "The Island Song" sets the tone wonderfully and Hutcherson shines straight away.The recording is produced in such a way as Simmons comes from one channel and Lasha the other and they are often playing together at once highlighting their telepathic relationship.The pace and intensity never lets up and the title track,the last of the record,is mindblowing.Jazz at its best and most challenging.

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