Welcome to A Free J.A.S.S. Festival; and when we say “free”, we mean free. Free from time, free from space, free from style and free to get in.
Just press play and your ears will be whisked away in the Jazz Amnesty Sound System’s time machine to listen to some amazing live cuts from jazz heavyweights without the constraints of time and space to hold us back.
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We start off at Duke Ellington’s first Sacred Concert in the New York Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church on boxing day 1965 with Johnny Hodges blowing to heaven. Next up is Charles Mingus’s 1960 line up of Dolphy, Ervin, Curson and Richmond showing folks at the Antibes Jazz Festival in France a “Prayer For Passive Resistance”. Roland Kirk “Steps Right Up” next with what he does best for an invited audience at Atlantic Studios in NYC 1965. A challenging blues from the Cecil Taylor Quartet that puzzled and enthralled folks at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957 follows with Wes Montgomery’s “Cariba” hot on it’s heels from a 1962 session at Tsubo’s in Berkeley, California. Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (including Shorter, Hubbard, Fuller, Workman and Walton) get the crowd at Birdland moving with “Ping Pong”. Charles Earland then takes it up an notch with an uproarious version of “Milestones” where he lays his organ to waste at the Key Club in Newark, NJ, 1971).
After all of this jumping back and forth through time and space things get a bit odd as George Duke lights up his synthesizers and Billy Cobham compliments on the drums as “Frankenstein Goes To The Disco” at some point during their 1976 European tour. Herbie Mann then returns to the Village Gate in 1963 to rip this excellent version of “New York Is A Jungle Festival” for the crowd with Joe Henderson following up (in Japan, 1971) with a blistering “Junk Blues”. Then the George Russel Sextet get “Lydia In Bags Groove” at Beethoven Hall in Stuttgart, Germany, 1965. Electric era Miles Davis is next on the agenda armed with Corea, Grossman, Holland, DeJohnette & Airto and a “Spanish Key” for the hippies in San Francisco at the Fillmore West in 1970. Then we trip back 3 years and head down to L.A. For the Gerald Wilson Orchestra at Marty’s-On-The-Hill because that’s where it’s at. Then on to 1973 with the Angel Pocho Gatti Big Band laying down “Israel” for the folks at the Opera Theatre in Buenos Aires. At the end of this whirlwind festival we settle into our seats at Carnegie Hall to watch two masters, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk trade turns over “Monk’s Mood”. A perfect ending. We hope you all will attend our next Free J.A.S.S. Festival.
Come Sunday (Instrumental) – Duke Ellington – RCA Victor (1965/1966)
Prayer For Passive Resistance – Charles Mingus – Atlantic (1960/1976)
Step Right Up – Roland Kirk – Atlantic (1965/1967)
Nona’s Blues – Cecil Taylor Quartet – Verve / DOXY (1957/2014)
Cariba – Wes Montgomery – Riverside (1962)
Ping Pong – Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – Riverside (1963)
Milestones – Charles Earland – Prestige (1971)
Frankenstein Goes To The Disco – The Billy Cobham – George Duke Band – Atlantic (1976)
New York Is A Jungle Festival – Herbie Mann – Atlantic (1963)
Junk Blues – Joe Henderson – Milestone (1971/1973)
Lydia In Bags Groove – George Russell Sextet with Don Cherry – MPS / BASF (1965)
Spanish Key – Miles Davis Quintet – Broadcasting Radio Records (1970/2015)
The “IT’s” Where It’s At – Gerald Wilson Orchestra – Pacific Jazz Records (1967)
Israel – Angel Pocho Gatti Big Band – Carosello (1973/1976)
Monk’s Mood – Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane – Mosaic Records / Thelonious Records (1957/2005)