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Cooper-Moore
Solo Piano #2
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CD-R
$10

Remarkable & restless solo piano, a studio recording from 2012. Catch a glimpse of the action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaJWdLnXzjg. "Cluster Blue," the far out barrelhouse inspired by the style of his old family friend Mr. Gene Quickley, also always grabs ears. Cooper-Moore discusses this recording in a wide-ranging interview with Jeremiah Cymerman for his 5049 podcast; hear at ~23:10 & ~28:00: http://www.5049records.com/podcast/cooper-moore

No jewel case. Audio samples, track titles, & digital download available for purchase direct from C-M at https://coopermooremusic.com/music

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Cooper-Moore
Deep in the Neighborhood of History and Influence
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CD-R
$10

Live solo piano recording c.1999 in Guelph, Canada. Remastered from the original, long out of print Hopscotch pressing. “The ultimate underground jazz document, this is a lo-fi, live solo-piano lecture-concert bursting with personality. Cooper-Moore puts standup-routine eulogies, rants and preambles around a variety of moods, including hailstone-abrasive improvisations, Ellingtonian chords, boogie-woogie and ballads. His irrepressibility is hard to resist.” - Ben Ratliff, NY Times. No jewel case. Audio samples, track titles, & digital download available for purchase direct from C-M at https://coopermooremusic.com/music

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Cooper-Moore
Looking Back #1
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CD-R
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First retrospective of home & other recordings by Cooper-Moore includes the mammoth mouth bow drone of “Black Strap Suite,” mesmerizing “Banjo Arba Minch Garden,” a beautiful spiritual in “Steal Away,” several vocal pieces, & more. Intimate glimpses of a fearless creative artist at work. No jewel case. Audio samples, track titles, & digital download available for purchase direct from C-M at https://coopermooremusic.com/music

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Cooper-Moore
Looking Back #2
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This 2nd retrospective of home & other recordings by Cooper-Moore features diddley-bow jump blues & laments, a few solo piano pieces, a discombobulating synth piece dedicated to William Parker, and a few flute & bass duos with Clayton Thomas. No jewel case. Audio samples, track titles, & digital download available for purchase direct from C-M at https://coopermooremusic.com/music

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Cleve Pozar
Let's Try It Again
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CD
$10

Quite scarce & mighty fine self-released CD by the great percussionist Cleve Pozar c.1999. From Pozar’s liner notes: “The rhythms on this CD are performed on bata, the sacred drums of Santeria, a Cuban religion that combines Yoruba beliefs from West Africa with Roman Catholicism. Let’s Try it Again combines bata rhythms of the gods - unedited - with Orisha, jazz, pop, and folk songs arranged for trombones. … Because the bata are played in a religious context and because I am using the rhythms and songs of Ocha, I went to Ifa before I began this project. Divination by Babalawo Ifa Miwa gave me permission - and told me not to stop until I was finished. This is Obatala’s CD. I have been helped by all the Orisha, but especially by Los Guerreros, Ochun, Yemaya, and San Lazaro.”

One reason I love & admire Pozar’s work is for the way he wholeheartedly & obsessively pursues an individual, wide-ranging vision, whether it is playing be-bop, free, Latin music, bata, electronic percussion, funk, or his current focus on early ragtime pieces by artists such as George Hamilton Green. This disc is another document of that sincere, free spirit. Hear Naima & some of Footprints.

See also my interview with Pozar regarding his classic Cleve Solo Percussion album, at http://50milesofelbowroom.com/articles/73-cleve-pozar.html

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Sonny Simmons
Global Jungle
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cassette
$15

Original cassette issue of this somewhat elusive Sonny Simmons session, recorded in 1982 & first released on this format in 1985. Notable also for an appearance of Earl Freeman on side A. Hear some of Global Jungle.

“Sonny Simmons is a revered and unrelenting pioneer, one of the remaining few. His dozen or so recordings from 1961-1970 established him as one of the most exciting new horn players of that era. During the ‘70s and ‘80s, Simmons stayed true to his art form, writing some of his major compositions, working with local musicians, and ‘dealing with it.’ Unfortunately, this time period produced little recorded material.

Global Jungle is one of the rare recordings that captures Simmons’ prolific work of the 1980s. Listening to these compositions, one hears searing white hot saxophone, the long winded legato, and multiple tonguing techniques for which Simmons is noted. The fluidity of this recording is further enhanced by the spontaneous and direct response from the rhythm section. Global Jungle is raw and real. It is life drama.” - notes from the CD issue, also in stock

Sonny Simmons: alto saxophone & vocals
Kirk Charles Heydt: cello
Dylan Morgan
: drums
Earl Freeman: electric fretless bass (side A)
Perry Thorsell: acoustic bass (side A)
Freddie "Bon Ganni" Williams: acoustic bass (side B)
Jeffrey Donald: vocals (side B)