Sonny Simmons | The Complete ESP-DISK' Recordings

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The Complete ESP-DISK' Recordings

by Sonny Simmons

Alto saxophonist Sonny Simmons and his wife Barbara Donald, smoking on trumpet, are artists with imagination and force who recorded two albums for ESP-Disk in the mid 1960’s. This is a must for Avant Bop enthusiasts.
Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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1. Metamorphosis
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11:49 album only
2. A Distant Voice
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7:32 album only
3. City of David
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15:20 album only
4. Interplanetary Travelers
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9:35 album only
5. Change from the 50\'s to the 60\'s
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2:26 album only
6. The Avant Garde
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1:42 album only
7. Fear of Exposing the Music
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1:50 album only
8. Sonny on Barbara Donald I
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2:35 album only
9. Barbara\'s Influences
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10. Staying on the Watch
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0:34 album only
11. Sonny on Barbara Donald II
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1:52 album only
12. The City of David
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13. Metamorphosis
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14. Barbara on Her and Sonny\'s Children
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15. The College Circuit
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16. Resolutions
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17. Zarak\'s Symphony
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12:59 album only
18. Balladia
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19. Dolphy\'s Days
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13:45 album only
20. On Eric Dolphy I
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1:31 album only
21. On Eric Dolphy II
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22. How They Treat Us
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2:10 album only
23. The West Coast
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1:01 album only
24. Musicians Need Work
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25. The Music Industry
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26. Learn your Appliance
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27. The \"New Music\"
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28. Dennis Charles
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29. Barbara on Slug\'s Saloon
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30. Sonny\'s Contribution
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Reissued and Expanded!
Sonny Simmons’ two ESP releases Staying on the Watch and Music Of The Spheres are important examples of his idiosyncratic genius. With Sonny on alto, and the magnificent presence of the late Barbara Donald on trumpet, these two sessions will live long in the historical development of the Free Movement. Barbara Donald was a superb musician who made important contributions to the legacy of women performers. Pianist John Hicks makes his New York debut on Staying on the Watch, and has since become one of the most requested jazz pianists. After building his chops with numerous west coast bebop groups, Sonny moved to New York in the early 60’s, and played with such luminaries as Eric Dolphy, Elvin Jones, and Charles Mingus. These two 1966 sessions mark Sonny’s first and second as leader, and splendidly juxtapose smooth, crisp modal expressions with all-out free blowing, and post-bop swing with reactive rhythmic exploration. Fellow ESP leader and percussionist James Zitro is a welcome addition to second disc.

Featured Artists
Sonny Simmons-alto saxophone
Teddy Smith-bass
Barbara Donald-trumpet
John Hicks-piano
Michael Cohen-piano
Marvin Pattillo-percussion
Juney Booth-bass
Bert Wilson-tenor saxophone
James Zitro-drums


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