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Last Man Standing

2007 - LAST MAN STANDING
Jazzaway (JARCD032)

Call To Order - Ancient Ritual - La Benedictina - Janet's Mood - Black Gardenia - Melodius Theme - Theme For Ernie.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn. Anders Aarum : piano. Mats Eilertsen : bass. Torstein Lofthus, Ole-Thomas Kolberg : drums.

Rec. dec.04, march 05, apr.05 in Oslo.

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Fourth Dimension

2007 - FOURTH DIMENSION
Hello World! (HW07)

Ancient Tibet - Light-Years Away - The Lady Who Got Away - The Valleys Of Lebanon - Fourth Dimension - One For Leadbelly.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn.

Rec. march 07 in Paris.

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Ecstatic Nostalgia

2007 - ECSTATIC NOSTALGIA
Hello World! (HW06)

Introduction: Ode To Thelonious Monk - My Favorite Things - The Promise - Exotic Study - My Favorite Things - Blues For Everyday Life - Out Of Love.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn.

Rec. aug.06 in Romainville and dec.06 in Paris.

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Live At Knitting Factory

2006 - LIVE AT KNITTING FACTORY
Ayler (aylDL-023)

Cosmic-Ship - Rev. Church - Pas Bon - New Groove Mode.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, voice. Cameron Brown : bass. Ronnie Burrage : drums.

Rec. may 01 in New York.

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I'll See You When You Get There

2006 - I'LL SEE YOU WHEN YOU GET THERE
Jazzaway (JARCD025)

Ancient City Of Petra - Ballade For Queen Anna - Carebian Fiesta - Colours - I'll See You When You Get There - Close Encounter - Fancy Free - Too Late For Tears - 'Round Midnight - Tenderly.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn. Duets with - Anders Aarum : piano. Mats Eilertsen : bass. Ole-Thomas Kolberg : drums.

Rec. dec.04, march 05, apr.05 in Oslo.

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The Traveller

2005 - THE TRAVELLER
Jazzaway (JARCD011)

Humphrey - Armada - Spheres - Duet - Brainstorm - Sunset.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn. Anders Aarum : piano. Mats Eilertsen : bass. Ole-Thomas Kolberg : drums. Vidar Johansen : flute, conductor. String quartet.

Rec. dec.04, march 05, apr.05 in Oslo.

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Jewels

2004 - JEWELS
Boxholder (BHX 043)

Music Matador - Cosmic Funk - Carribean Nights - Other Worlds - Reverend Church.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax.

Rec. aug.91 in San Francisco.

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Out Into The Andromeda

2003 - OUT INTO THE ANDROMEDA
Parallactic (Parallactic 51)

Andromeda 1 - Andromeda 2 - Andromeda 3.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax.

Rec. jan.03 in New York.

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Live - In Paris

2002 - LIVE - IN PARIS
Arhoolie (CD 506 A/B)

CD1: Cosmic Ship - Purple Kiss - My Favorite Things - Ancient Egypt - New Bird Blues - Reverend Church - Hot House.

CD2: Lady L - Salt Peanuts - Ghost From The Golden Era - Voodoo Hoodoo Funk - 'Round Midnight - Hip Hop Le Funk.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn. Jean-Jacques Avenel : bass. George Brown : drums.

Rec. nov.94 in Paris.

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Mixolydis

2002 - MIXOLYDIS
Marge (Marge 29)

Echoes Of Eric Doplhy - Mixolydis - The Lady From Trinidad - Benedictina - Reverend Church - Blues In The Pocket - The Voodoo Stomp - The Promise.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn. Eddie Henderson : trumpet. John Hicks : piano. Curtis Lundy : bass. Victor Lewis : drums.

Rec. july 01 in Paris.

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Tales Of The Ancient East

2001 - TALES OF THE ANCIENT EAST
Parallactic (Parallactic 39)

Ensemble Colors - The Ruby.

Sonny Simmons : English horn, vocals. Brandon Evans : flute, harmonium. Brian Glick : bass clarinet. Rosie Shakarian : Korg synthesizer.

Rec. jan.01 in New York.

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Saxophone Legacy

1997 - SAXOPHONE LEGACY
Zero-G (TASCD 79)

« Thirty-one superb alto sax performances covering eleven styles of music » + spoken introductions. Including Island Song - Title X - Ancient Ritual.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, spoken introductions.

Rec. 1997 in Paris.

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American Jungle

1997 - AMERICAN JUNGLE
Qwest/Warner Bros. (9362-46543-2)

Land Of The Freaks - Black, Blue & Purple (To The Great Lord Alain) - Coltrane Story - My Favorite Things - American Jungle Theme.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax. Travis Shook : piano. Reggie Workman : bass. Cindy Blackman : drums.

Rec. dec.95 in New York.

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Judgement Day

1996 - JUDGEMENT DAY
CIMP (CIMP 118)

Judgement Day - Monk Mania - Sponge Garden - Waltz For Josette - The Call For Old Sirus - Augmentation.

Sonny Simmons : tenor sax. Michael Marcus : manzello, C-melody sax. Steve Neil : bass. Charles Moffett : drums.

Rec. may 96 in New York.

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Transcendence

1996 - TRANSCENDENCE
CIMP (CIMP 113)

Manhattan Rejects - Geraldine's Dream - Nuclear Fission - In The Arena - Phrazaronics - Lost Village Of Um' Tombey - Cosmosamatics.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax. Michael Marcus : stritch, manzello. Charles Moffett : drums.

Rec. april 96 in New York.

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Ancient Ritual

1994 - ANCIENT RITUAL
Qwest/Reprise (9 45623-2)

Reincarnation - Trumpet Ship - Theme For Linda - Crystal - The Other East - Country Parson - Ancient Ritual - Sundown In Egypt.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn. Charnett Moffett : bass. Zarak Simmons : drums.

Rec. dec.92 in San Francisco.

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Global Jungle

1990 - GLOBAL JUNGLE
Deal With It (Deal With It 101)

The Global Jungle - The Global Prayer - Steel Foundry Of Love - Walking On Top Of The Sky - Duet - Tachyon Movements.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn. Kirk Heydt : cello. Earl Freeman, Perry Thorsell, Freddie Williams: bass. Dylan Morgan : drums. Jeffrey Donald : drums.

Rec. oct.82 in Oakland.

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Backwoods Suite

1990 - BACKWOODS SUITE
WestWind (2074)

Sparrow's Last Jump - Backwoods Suite - Title X - You Better Do It Now Before You Die Later - Manhattan Out - Chimes Of Time - Shores Of Trinidad - Backwoods Suite (reprise).

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn. Joe Hardin : trumpet. Al Thomas : trombone. Michael Marcus : baritone sax. Joe Bonner : piano. Herbie Lewis : bass. Billy Higgins : drums.

Rec. jan.82 in Berkeley.

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Burning Spirits

1971 - BURNING SPIRITS
Contemporary (CCD-7625/26-2)

Burning Spirits no.1 - New Newk - Healing Rays - Burning Spirits no.2 - Things And Beings - E=mc2.

Sonny Simmons : tenor and alto sax, English horn. Barbara Donald : trumpet. Michael White : violin. Lonnie Liston Smith : piano. Richard Davis, Cecil McBee : bass. Clifford Jarvis : drums.

Rec. nov.70 in Los Angeles.

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Rumasuma

1970 - RUMASUMA
Contemporary (S-7623)

Rumasuma - Back To The Apple - Reincarnation - For Posterity.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax. Barbara Donald : trumpet. Mike Cohen : piano. Jerry Sealund, Billy Pickens : bass. Billy Higgins : drums.

Rec. aug.69 in Los Angeles.

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manhattan egos

1969 - MANHATTAN EGOS
Arhoolie (CD 483)

Coltrane In Paradise - The Prober - Manhattan Egos - Seven Dances Of Salome - Visions - Beings Of Light* - Purple Rays* - Divine Magnet* - The Beauty Of Ibis*.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax. Barbara Donald : trumpet. Juma Sultan : bass, congo drums. Paul Smith : drums. Voodoo Bembe : congo drums. *Michael White : violin. *Kenny Jenkins : bass. *Eddie Marshall : drums.

Rec. feb.69 and *nov.70 in Berkeley.

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Music From The Spheres

1968 - MUSIC FROM THE SPHERES
ESP-DISK' (1043)

Resolutions - Zarak's Symphony - Balladia - Dolphy's Days.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax. Barbara Donald : trumpet. Bert Wilson : tenor sax. Mike Cohen : piano. Juney Booth : bass. James Zitro : drums.

Rec. dec.66 in New York.

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Staying On The Watch

1966 - STAYING ON THE WATCH
ESP-DISK' (1030)

Metamorphosis - A Distant Voice - City Of David - Interplanetary Traveller.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax. Barbara Donald : trumpet. John Hicks : piano. Teddy Smith : bass. Marvin Patillo : drums.

Rec. aug.66 in New York.

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COMPILATIONS :
Beets

1990 - V/A. - BEETS : A COLLECTION OF JAZZ SONGS
Elemental (TEC 90902)

Ballad For My Friend.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax.

Rec. 1988 in San Francisco.

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THE SONNY SIMMONS ARCHIVES PROJECT :
Live At The Cheshire Cat

2008 - INTRODUCING BLACK JACK PLEASANTON
Hello World! (HW08-11)

CD1: Spoken Introduction - Zoarius/Red Planet - Red Planet/Le Purple Dove - Zoarius Reprise

CD2: Flight Of The Wild Geese - Over In The Beyond.

CD3: Ancient Ritual - The Musical Revolution - One For Thelonious Monk, Take 1 - One For Thelonious Monk, Take 2 - Ode to Ustad Bismillah Khan.

CD4: The Flying Cranes - Carribean Nights - One Pour John C./Carribean Nights Reprise - Saxomania For Strings.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax. Kirk Heydt : cello. Arnold Young, James Baker : drums. Steve Suhren : flute. Other unidentified musicians.

Rec. 1980-1982 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Live At The Cheshire Cat

2006 - LIVE AT THE CHESHIRE CAT
Hello World! (HW02-03)

CD1: It's The Talk Of The Town.

CD2: Lost Village Of Um'Tombey - Body And Soul.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax. Richard Clements : piano. Freddie Williams : bass. Larry Hancock, Irvin Lovilette : drums.

Rec. 1980 in Olympia and San Francisco.

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Live At Rive De Gier

2006 - LIVE AT RIVE DE GIER
Hello World! (HW01)

Title X/Music Matador.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax.

Rec. oct.01 in Rive De Gier.

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A True Life Drama

2005 - A TRUE LIFE DRAMA
Hello World! (HW-sampler1)

Niger (Instrumental) - Bizarre Beauty - Niger - "A True Life Drama" : Sonny Simmons' Words And Poems - Everything Happens To Me - "Oh Boy, The Things I Could Tell You" Part.I - It's The Talk Of The Town - "Oh Boy, The Things I Could Tell You" Part.II - "Oh Boy, The Things I Could Tell You" Part.III - My Funny Valentine - 'Round Midnight.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn. Bruno Grégoire : poetry.

Rec. dec.05 in Paris, Romainville and Lyon.

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