音楽 : Sun Ra - The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra Box Set

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Sun Ra - The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra Box Set

Together for the first time, ESP-Disk’ is proud to present all three volumes of “The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra” in a gorgeous digipack fold out box set. Originally released as two volumes in 1966, and with a third volume uncovered in 2005, the landmark sessions recorded by Richard Alderson on April 20th and November 16, 1965, have been hailed as a “...masterpiece of free jazz”. To further delve into the Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra and his Orkestra, each enhanced disc in the set contains archival photos, critical writings and historical videos including the 18 minute documentary Sun Ra “Spaceways”.


Pat Patrick: baritone, percussion
John Gilmore: tenor, tympani
Marshall Allen: picolo, alto, bells, spiral cymbal
Ronnie Boykins: bass
Teddy Nance: trombone
Jimhmi Johnson: percussion, tympani
Robert Cummings: bass clarinet, wood blocks
Chris Capers: trumpet
Bernard Pettaway: bass trombone
Danny Davis: alto flute
Sun Ra: bass marimba, electronic celeste, piano, tympani, clavoline, tuned bongos
Walter Miller: trumpet
Ronnie Boykins: bass
Roger Blank: drums, percussion

Track Listing

Heliocentric Worlds, Vol. I

1. Heliocentric
2. Outer Nothingness
3. Other Worlds
4. The Cosmos
5. Oh Heavenly Things
6. Nebulae
7. Dancing In The Sun

Heliocentric Worlds, Vol. II

1. The Sun Myth
2. A House Of Beauty
3. Cosmic Chaos

Heliocentric Worlds, Vol. III

1. Intercosmosis
2. Mythology Metamorphosis
3. Heliocentric Worlds
4. World Worlds
5. Interplanetary Travelers

Press Quotes

"These three Sun Ra albums rank among the most valuable pearls in the ESP-Disk catalog." Derek Taylor, Dusted

"The Arkestra did use improvisation as their main compositional tool, but Ra’s hand can be glimpsed in the restrained use of such strange sound combinations. The Arkestra is certainly exploring, but they are being guided. And where they end up makes for one of Sun Ra’s best recordings." Matthew Wuethrich, All About Jazz

"[Sun Ra] wished to re-create the roars and the silences of the cosmos. And, in Heliocentric Worlds, he forged an original style intended to do just that." Adam Shantz, Slate

"In its time, the music of Heliocentric Worlds was truly groundbreaking and influential, not just in the realms of jazz, but in other genres as well. Students of film music will hear some of the ideas that Ra developed cropping up later in some of the science fiction film scores of the late 60's and early 70's, and of course, Ra's outer space explorations inspired the psychedelic era artists to push the boundaries of rock into more free form and experimental directions, giving birth to that thing we call space rock." Jeff Fitzgerald, Aural Innovations #31

音楽 : Patty Waters - College Tour

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Patty Waters - College Tour

In the Spring of 1966, ESP was given a grant by the New York State Council on the Arts, to tour the five colleges in the state with music departments. Artists for this tour included the Sun Ra Arkestra, Burton Greene, Patty Waters, Giuseppi Logan and Ran Blake. Accompanied by an all star backup group from among the participants, Patty's performances resulted in the album, "College Tour", her second recording for ESP-Disk'. The album expands upon the vocal acrobatics that were heard on her first recording, "Sings". "College Tour" won second place for Vocal Recording in Jazz and Pop Magazine in 1970.

Patty Waters is internationally recognized as one of the first major avant-garde vocalists. Her ESP-Disk' recordings cemented her reputation as a vocal innovator, and according to liner notes and public opinion, one whose influence extended beyond jazz to Yoko Ono and Diamanda Galas.


Giuseppi Logan (fl -1,2,4,6,7)
Dave Burrell (p -1,2,4,6,7)
Burton Greene (p -3)
Ran Blake (p -5)
Perry Lind (b -1,2,4,6,7)
Steve Tintweiss (b -3)
Scobe Stroman (d -1,2,4,6,7)
Shelly Rustein (d -3)
Patty Waters (vo)

Track Listing

1. Song Of Clifford
2. Hush Little Baby With Ba Ha Bad
3. Wild Is The Wind
4. Prayer
5. It Never Entered My Mind
6. Song Of Life With Hush Little Baby
7. Song Of The One (I Love) Or Love, My Love

"The New York State College Tour", NYC, April, 1966

* part of ESP-Disk' ESP 4019.

音楽 : Paul Bley Trio - Closer

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Paul Bley Trio - Closer

When Oscar Peterson moved from Montreal to New York in 1949, the 17-year-old Bley took over his residency at the Alberta Lounge on Oscar's recommendation; in his twenties, he played with Charlie Parker. Bley started incorporating maverick pianist Lennie Tristano's approach to improvisation and collaborating with Charles Mingus, and in 1958 in Los Angeles Bley famously put together a band with Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgins. His move into free improvisation in the groundbreaking Jimmy Giuffre 3 brought him acclaim. After moving to New York, he was one of the performers at the Cellar Cafe in Bill Dixon's "October Revolution in Jazz" four-day festival, which led to Bley being one of the co-founders shortly thereafter of the Jazz Composers Guild. It was in the midst of that fabled month that Bley recorded his first LP for ESP-Disk' (sixth overall to that point), Barrage.

Bley returned to the studio for his second ESP-Disk' LP a bit less than two months later. Closer finds Bley again heavily featuring then-wife Carla's compositions; she's credited on seven of the ten tracks, including two also heard on Barrage, "Batterie" and "And Now the Queen." They sound quite different on this quieter trio date, and the performances are more concise (no track breaks the 3:30 mark). Paul included one of his own tunes, "Figfoot," as well as Ornette Coleman's "Crossroads" and future wife Annette Peacock's "Cartoon." Closer features the distinctive pianism we've come to associate with Bley in one of its earliest recorded manifestations. The other players are fellow Jimmy Giuffre 3 member Swallow and, in his recording debut, Altschul.


Paul Bley: piano
Barry Altschul: percussion
Steve Swallow: bass

Track Listing

1. Ida Lupino
2. Start
3. Closer
4. Sideways In Mexico
5. Batterie
6. And Now The Queen
7. Pigfoot
8. Crossroads
9. Violin
10. Cartoon

All compositions by Carla Bley, Alrac Music BMI except Ida Lupino (Carla Bley and Terry Adams, Syndicore/Alrac/farnsley Music BMI)), Figfoot (Paul Bley, Pablo Music & Syndicore Music BMI), Crossroads (Ornette Coleman, ESP-Disk' Music BMI) and Cartoon (Annette Peacock, Pablo Music BMI).


Recorded NYC, December 12, 1965. Produced by Paul Bley at RLA Studios in New York City. Engineered by Richard L. Alderson. Original art direction by Jay Dillon. Digital remastering by Michael D. Anderson.

Press Quotes

"...a wonderful, poetic anomaly. In an era where velocity and raw story-telling were required currency, Closer had a lyrical, Haiku-like simplicity — recalling the Japanese poet Basho’s line 'something like a hidden glimmering.' […] In Bley’s hands the freedom of jazz manifests itself in the negotiating of borders and edges, between skittering, conversational interplay, serene space and the heart-strained melodic intimacy on the part of his band mates " – Matt Fleeger, The New Thing, KMHD-FM

"The interplay between these three is startling in how tightly woven they are melodically and harmonically." - Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

"In the final analysis, however, it is his vision that propels the music forward. He fills it with vigor and dynamism, with space and lyricism; nothing is out of focus, every challenge is within his grasp. His eloquence is shaped by his ability to balance silence with sound, as well as his penchant for, and skill with, unusual phrasing." - Jerry D'Souza, All About Jazz


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