Michael Marcus and Sonny Simmons, leaders of the Cosmosamatics

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The Cosmosamatics can be viewed as an all-star band. The leading figures are Sonny Simmons and Michael Marcus. Both have a strong background, careers paved by countless historical associations, as detailed in many a page of this web site…

 

The Cosmosamatics were formed in 2000, but are the fruit of a partnership established in 1981. As Michael insists in the liner notes to their album Zetrons (Not Two, 2005) : “We are a band – which is rare in jazz today. Sonny and I have been collaborating for years to keep the tradition alive of being a band”, and he cites these well-known aggregations : the Modern Jazz Quartet, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the World Saxophone Quartet. Men that got to play together for decades. Sound is something to be built, through years of musical loyalty.

Michael Marcus (left) and Sonny Simmons (right), leaders of the Cosmosamatics
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Original flyer for a Cosmosamatics gig in Poland, November 2004
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Credits should also be given to the brilliant musicians who completed the line-up over the years : drummers Jay Rosen and Art Lewis (but the following names also guested the drum chair : Andrew Cyrille, Reggie Nicholson, Larry Hancock, Cliffor Barbaro…); bassists William Parker, Curtis Lundy, Masa Kamaguchi, Gildas Scouarnec, Tarus Mateen, Peter Herbert; and special contributors James Carter and Karen Borca.

They achieve massive popularity in Europe which they tour frequently (check out the News topic !), as evidenced by live albums (most notably Three, Live at Banlieues Bleues and Zetrons) and support from european labels as prestigious as Soul Note, Not Two (to which they committed their latest efforts, Reeds and Birds, Zetrons, Free Within The Law) or Bleu Regard.

Original flyer for a Cosmosamatics gig in France, december 2004

 

Discography

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Concert posters

Original flyer for a Cosmosamatics gig in the United States, october 2004

The Cosmosamatics (Sonny Simmons, Michael Marcus, Peter Herbert, Art Lewis) : Free Within The Law

2008 - FREE WITHIN THE LAW
Not Two (MW 792-2)

Free Within The Law - Afro Funk - Janet's Moods - May-Lee-High-Young (Beautiful Ocean) - Morning Daffodil - Ginger Root - The Pollish Rally.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn. Michael Marcus : tenor sax, Bb clarinet. Peter Herbert : bass. Art Lewis : drums.

Rec. nov.06 in Krakow.

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The Cosmosamatics (Sonny Simmons, Michael Marcus, Maza Kamaguchi, Jay Rosen) : Zetrons

2005 - ZETRONS
Not Two (MW 764-2)

Crossroads Out ! - Road Dogg - Mingus Mangus - Serene - Shining Winds - Harmonious Beautious - Dance Of The Zetrons - 12 Seasons Of Love.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn. Michael Marcus : tenor sax, Bb clarinet. Maza Kamaguchi : bass. Jay Rosen : drums.

Rec. nov.04 in Krakow, Amsterdam and Vienna.

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The Cosmosamatics (Sonny Simmons, Michael Marcus, Tarus Mateen, Jay Rosen) : Magnitudes

2005 - MAGNITUDES
Soul Note (121443-2)

Uugmoanius - Avant-Garde Destruct (take 1) - Thank U Bird (take 1) - Tonal Magnitudes (take 1) - 12 Seasons Of Love - Telergy - Tonal Magnitudes (take 2) - Urban Nitemare - Thank U Bird (take 2) - Avant-Garde Destruct (take 2) - 'Round Midnight.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax. Michael Marcus : baritone sax, saxello, bass clarinet. Tarus Mateen : bass. Jay Rosen : drums.

Rec. march 03 in Milano.

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The Cosmosamatics (Sonny Simmons, Michael Marcus, Clifford Barbaro, Jay Rosen) : Reeds & Birds

2004 - REEDS & BIRDS
Not Two (MW 757-2)

Intoxicating Galaxies - Cheryl (take 1) - Drifting On A Reed - 49th Street Stomp - Ballad Medley : Autumn In New York / In A Sentimental Mood - Bird Feathers - Cheryl (take 2) - Avant-Garde Destruct.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn, vocals. Michael Marcus : tenor sax, saxello, bass clarinet. Clifford Barbaro, Jay Rosen : drums.

Rec. apr.04 in Prague and sep.04 in New York.

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The Cosmosamatics Three (Sonny Simmons, Michael Marcus, Jay Rosen)

2004 - THREE
Boxholder (BHX 041)

Futura - Tonal Magnitudes - Cool Burn - Bring On The Funk - 12 Seasons Of Love - Avant-Garde Destruct - 'Round Midnight - Requiem For Anne Frank.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn. Michael Marcus : baritone sax, saxello. Jay Rosen : drums.

Rec. jan.02 in New York and march 03 in Amsterdam.

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The Cosmosamatics (Sonny Simmons, Michael Marcus, Tarus Mateen, Andrew Cyrille)  : Live at Banlieues Bleues

2003 - LIVE AT BANLIEUES BLEUES
Bleu Regard (CT 1963)

Avant-Garde Destruct - Quasar - 12 Seasons Of Love - Telergy - Aubade.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax. Michael Marcus : baritone sax, saxello. Tarus Mateen : bass. Andrew Cyrille : drums.

Rec. march 03 in Pantin.

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The Cosmosamatics II (Sonny Simmons, Michael Marcus, Curtis Lundy, Jay Rosen)

2002 - II
Boxholder (BHX 030)

Fusionanatomy - Daughters Of Isis - Echoes Of Eric Dolphy - Queen Bee - Rio Bahia - Cosmic Curtis.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn. Michael Marcus : soprano sax, straight tenor sax, bass clarinet, flute. Curtis Lundy : bass. Jay Rosen : drums.

Rec. aug.01 in New York.

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The Cosmosamatics (Sonny Simmons, Michael Marcus, William Parker, Jay Rosen, James Carter, Karen Borca, Samir Chatterjee)

2001 - THE COSMOSAMATICS
Boxholder (BHX 022)

Quasar - Mingus Mangus - Near - Beyond The Inner East - New Line Groove.

Sonny Simmons : alto sax, English horn. Michael Marcus : soprano sax, straight tenor sax, bass flute. James Carter : bass saxophone. Karen Borca : bassoon. Samir Chatterjee : tablas. William Parker : bass. Jay Rosen : drums.

Rec. feb.01 in New York.

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The Cosmosamatics in England, November 2005 (original concert flyer)
The Cosmosamatics in Poznan, November 2005 (concert poster)

 

The Cosmosamatics in Gdanzk, November 2005 (original concert poster)

 

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