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Jackie McLean: New and Old Gospel

In January 1968, “Blue Note” label released “New and Old Gospel”, the 36th Jackie McLean album. It was recorded in March 1967, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and was produced by Alfred Lion.

Personnel:

  • Jackie McLean – alto saxophone
  • Ornette Coleman – trumpet
  • LaMont Johnson – piano
  • Scotty Holt – bass
  • Billy Higgins – drums

Track listing:

  1. Lifeline Medley: Offering/Midway / Vernzone / The Inevitable End – Jackie McLean
  2. Old Gospel – Ornette Coleman
  3. Strange as It Seems – Ornette Coleman

Herbie Hancock: Takin’ Off

In October 1962, “Blue Note” label released “Takin’ Off”, the debut Herbie Hancock album. It was recorded in May 1962, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and was produced by Alfred Lion.

Personnel:

  • Herbie Hancock – piano
  • Freddie Hubbard – trumpet
  • Dexter Gordon – tenor saxophone
  • Butch Warren – double bass
  • Billy Higgins – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Herbie Hancock.

  1. Watermelon Man
  2. Three Bags Full
  3. Empty Pockets
  4. The Maze
  5. Driftin’
  6. Alone and I

Jack Wilson: Easterly Winds

In March 1968, “Blue Note” label released “Easterly Winds”, the seventh Jack Wilson album. It was recorded in September 1967, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and was produced by Duke Pearson.

Personnel:

  • Jack Wilson – piano
  • Jackie McLean – alto saxophone
  • Lee Morgan – trumpet
  • Garnett Brown – trombone
  • Bob Cranshaw – bass
  • Billy Higgins – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Jack Wilson, except where noted.

  1. Do It
  2. On Children
  3. A Time for Love – Johnny Mandel
  4. Easterly Winds
  5. Nirvana
  6. Frank’s Tune – Frank Strozier

Ornette Coleman: In All Languages

In February 1987,” Caravan of Dreams” label released “In All Languages”, the 51st Ornette Coleman album. It was recorded in 1986, and was produced by Denardo Coleman.

Personnel:

  • Ornette Coleman – alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet
  • Charlie Ellerbee – electric guitar
  • Bernie Nix – electric guitar
  • Don Cherry – trumpet
  • Jamaaladeen Tacuma – bass guitar
  • Al MacDowell – bass guitar
  • Charlie Haden – double bass
  • Billy Higgins – drums
  • Denardo Coleman – drums
  • Calvin Weston – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Ornette Coleman.

  1. Peace Warriors
  2. Feet Music
  3. Africa is the Mirror of All Colors
  4. Word for Bird
  5. Space Church (Continuous Service)
  6. Latin Genetics
  7. In All Languages
  8. Sound Manual
  9. Mothers of the Veil
  10. Cloning
  11. Music News
  12. Mothers of the Veil
  13. The Art of Love Is Happiness
  14. Latin Genetics
  15. Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow
  16. Listen Up
  17. Feet Music
  18. Space Church (Continuous Service)
  19. Cloning
  20. In All Languages
  21. Biosphere
  22. Story Tellers
  23. Peace Warriors

Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come

In November 1959, “Atlantic” label released “The Shape of Jazz to Come”, the third Ornette Coleman album. It was recorded in May 1959, at “Radio Recorders” in Hollywood, and was produced by Nesuhi Ertegun. In 2012, the “Library of Congress” added the album to the “National Recording Registry”. Magazine “Rolling Stone” included the album in its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 2015, the album was inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame”.

Personnel:

  • Ornette Coleman – alto saxophone
  • Don Cherry – cornet
  • Charlie Haden – bass
  • Billy Higgins – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Ornette Coleman.

  1. Lonely Woman
  2. Eventually
  3. Peace
  4. Focus on Sanity
  5. Congeniality
  6. Chronology

Donald Byrd: Free Form

In October 1966, “Blue Note” label released “Free Form”, the 20th Donald Byrd album. It was recorded in December 1961, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and was produced by Alfred Lion.

Personnel:

  • Donald Byrd – trumpet
  • Wayne Shorter – tenor saxophone
  • Herbie Hancock – piano
  • Butch Warren – bass
  • Billy Higgins – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Donald Byrd except where noted.

  1. Pentecostal Feelin’
  2. Night Flower – Herbie Hancock
  3. Nai Nai
  4. French Spice
  5. Free Form

Joshua Redman: Wish

On September 21, 1993, “Warner Bros” label released “Wish”, the second Joshua Redman studio album. It was recorded in 1993, at “Power Station” and “Village Vanguard” in New York City, and was produced by Matt Pierson.

Personnel:

  • Joshua Redman – tenor saxophone
  • Pat Metheny – guitar
  • Charlie Haden – double bass
  • Billy Higgins – drums

 Track listing:

  1. Turnaround – Ornette Coleman
  2. Soul Dance – Joshua Redman
  3. Make Sure You’re Sure – Stevie Wonder
  4. The Deserving Many – Joshua Redman
  5. We Had a Sister – Pat Metheny
  6. Moose the Mooche – Charlie Parker
  7. Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
  8. Whittlin – Pat Metheny
  9. Wish (live) – Joshua Redman
  10. Blues for Pat (live) – Charlie Haden

Donald Byrd: Royal Flush

In September 1962, “Blue Note” label released “Royal Flush”, the 19th Donald Byrd album. It was recorded in September 1961, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and was produced by Alfred Lion.

Personnel:

  • Donald Byrd – trumpet
  • Pepper Adams – baritone saxophone 
  • Herbie Hancock – piano
  • Butch Warren – bass
  • Billy Higgins – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Donald Byrd except where noted.

  1. Hush
  2. I’m a Fool to Want You – Joel Herron, Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf
  3. Jorgie’s
  4. Shangri-La
  5. 6M’s
  6. Requiem – Herbie Hancock

Lee Morgan: Search for the New Land

In July 1966, “Blue Note” label released “Search for the New Land”, the fifteenth Lee Morgan album. It was recorded in February 1964, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and was produced by Alfred Lion.

Personnel:

  • Lee Morgan – trumpet
  • Wayne Shorter – tenor sax
  • Herbie Hancock – piano
  • Grant Green – guitar
  • Reggie Workman – bass
  • Billy Higgins – drums
  • Rudy Van Gelder – engineer, remastering
  • Bob Blumenthal – liner notes
  • Micaela Boland – art direction, graphic design
  • Francis Wolff – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Lee Morgan

  1. Search for the New Land
  2. The Joker
  3. Mr. Kenyatta
  4. Melancholee
  5. Morgan the Pirate

Harold Land: Promised Land

On March 27, 2001, “Audiophonic” label released “Promised Land”, the 15th and the final Harold Land album. It was recorded in August 2000, at “David Phillips Sound Studio” in La Jolla, CA, and was produced by Daniel I. Atkinson.

Personnel:

  • Harold Land – tenor saxophone
  • Ray Drummond – bass
  • Billy Higgins – drums
  • Mulgrew Miller – piano

Track listing:

  1. Inner Voice – Harold Land
  2. Ugly Beauty – Thelonious Monk
  3. What’s New? – Bob Haggart, Harold Land
  4. Dark Mood – Harold Land
  5. Like Someone in Love – Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke
  6. Mapenzi – Harold Land