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SONNY SIMMONS

Sessionography

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A Work in progress by Julien Palomo

 

SPECIAL THANKS :

Marc Chaloin for astute collaboration. – Nothing would have been possible without his long-time research on the subject, especially Sections D & E. Thanks also for careful re-reading.

 

INVALUABLE THANKS :

Sonny Simmons.

Michael Marcus ; Janet.

Bert Wilson and Nancy Curtis (www.bertwilson.com).

James Bronson Jr. (www.toucherecordings.com).

Jon Klette (www.jazzaway.com).

Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut (The F.M.A. ; NOLABEL).

 

THANKS :

Derek Styles (www.mkmjazz.com, researcher)

Dick Bowman (www.freejazz.org) for exchanging views.

Al Douglas (www.bug-less.net, composer).

Roy Morris (www.homeboy-music.com).

Dan Prothero (www.fogworld.com, artist) for his testimony.

Will Smith (Down Beat).

Rick Lopez’ work on Sam Rivers, Karl-Michael Schneider’s on Marion Brown and Jason Hook’s on Cecil Taylor provided great inspiration.

 

Last update November 2014

 

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Artist : born Huey Simmons, August 4, 1933, Sicily Island, LA.

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Contents :

A. Issued recordings, broadcasts

  Rec. date Leader   1st issue
1. 62.11.21 PRINCE LASHA/SONNY SIMMONS The Cry! 1963
2. 63.05.00 P. LASHA/S. SIMMONS/D. CHERRY/C. JORDAN It Is Revealed 1963
3. 63.07.03 ERIC DOLPHY Iron Man ; Conversations 1964;1969
4. 63.05-08(?).00 BOSSA TRES Jazz Tempo, Latin Accents 1965
5. 63.08.08 ELVIN JONES/JIMMY GARRISON Illumination! 1963
6. 66.08.30 SONNY SIMMONS Staying On The Watch 1966
7. 66.12.00 SONNY SIMMONS Music From The Spheres 1968
8. 67.09.28-29 PRINCE LASHA/SONNY SIMMONS Firebirds 1968
9. 68.02.24 SONNY SIMMONS Sonny Simmons and the Depth Probers (live rehearsal) 2007
10. 69.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS/JUMA SULTAN (rehearsal tape) 2007
11. 69.02.10 SONNY SIMMONS Manhattan Egos 1969
12. 69.03.06 SONNY SIMMONS/+V/A True Creation from Vibration (live rehearsal) 2007
13. 69.07.31, 69.08.01 SONNY SIMMONS Rumasuma 1970
14. 70.07.24 BERT WILSON/SONNY SIMMONS/+V/A. The Mystic Rites Of Sound 2005
15. 70.09.20 PRINCE LASHA/FIREBIRDS Live at Monterey Jazz Festival Vol.III 1976
16. 70.11.06 SONNY SIMMONS/MICHAEL WHITE (Live session) 2000
17. 70.11.24 SONNY SIMMONS Burning Spirits 1971
18. 71.00.00 BERT WILSON/SONNY SIMMONS/+V/A. Kozmic Communication 2005
19. 71.09.10 BERT WILSON/SONNY SIMMONS/+V/A Expanded Universe 2005
20. 71.12.24 BERT WILSON/SONNY SIMMONS/+V/A. Christmas With Uncle Sonny 2004
21. 71.12.25 BERT WILSON/SONNY SIMMONS/+V/A. Christmas With Uncle Sonny 2004
22. 72.00.00 BERT WILSON/SONNY SIMMONS/+V/A. Palo Colorado Suite 2005
23. 72.08.01 SMILEY WINTERS “That” Nigger Music 1976
24. 78(?).00.00 TOWNSEND, TOWNSEND, TOWNSEND AND ROGERS Townsend, Townsend, Townsend And Rogers 1979
25. 80.03(?).00 SONNY SIMMONS Live At The Cheshire Cat 2006
26. 80.04(?).00 SONNY SIMMONS Introducing Black Jack Pleasanton 2008
27. 80.04(?).00-81.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Introducing Black Jack Pleasanton 2008
28. 80.04(?).00-82.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Introducing Black Jack Pleasanton 2008
29. 80.04(?).00-82.00.00 THE QUAD FORCE Introducing Black Jack Pleasanton 2008
30. 80.04(?).00-82.00.00 THE QUAD FORCE Introducing Black Jack Pleasanton 2008
31. 80.04(?).00-82.00.00 THE QUAD FORCE+VIOLIN Introducing Black Jack Pleasanton 2008
32. 80.09(?).00 SONNY SIMMONS Live At The Cheshire Cat 2006
33. 82.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Introducing Black Jack Pleasanton 2008
34. 82.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Introducing Black Jack Pleasanton 2008
35. 82.01.19 SONNY SIMMONS Backwoods Suite 1982
36. 82.10.00 SONNY SIMMONS Global Jungle 1990
37. 87.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS (Interview with Michael "Dr. Bop" Anderson) 2005
38. 88.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS V/A. Beets : A Collection Of Jazz Songs 1990
39. 91.08.08 SONNY SIMMONS SOLO Out Into The Andromeda ; Jewels 2003;2004
40. 92.12.07-08 SONNY SIMMONS Ancient Ritual 1994
41. 93.00.00 THE RHYTHM SECTION V/A. Home Cookin’ 1994
42. 93.05.00 RENEGADE SOCIETY Live In S.F. 1993 2001
43. 94.11.23-29(?) SONNY SIMMONS Live - In Paris 2002
44. 95.06.03 SONNY SIMMONS 24th International New Jazz Festival, Moers (radio broadcast) 1995
45. 95.07.06 SONNY SIMMONS Live In Montreal 1994 2003
46. 95.07.28 HORACE TAPSCOTT/SONNY SIMMONS Among Friends 1999
47. 95.08.08 HORACE TAPSCOTT Recorded Live in La Seyne sur Mer 2005
48. 95.09.02 SONNY SIMMONS Jazz Festival Willisau (radio broadcast) 1995
49. 95.12.22-23 SONNY SIMMONS American Jungle 1997
50. 96.04.09 SONNY SIMMONS Transcendence 1996
51. 96.05.04 SONNY SIMMONS Judgment Day 1996
52. 97.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Saxophone Legacy 1997
53. 97.12.23 SONNY SIMMONS Filmworks 2009
54. 99.05.07 SONNY SIMMONS/BRANDON EVANS/KEVIN NORTON Universal Prayer/Survival Skills 1999
55. 99.09.23 SONNY SIMMONS/ROBERT STEWART Happy Birthday 'Trane! 2006
56. 01.01.00 SONNY SIMMONS
SONNY SIMMONS/BRANDON EVANS
Tales Of The Ancient East ; A Salute To Ustad Bismillah Khan 2001
57. 01.02.20 THE COSMOSAMATICS The Cosmosamatics 2001
58. 01.05.25 SONNY SIMMONS Live At Knitting Factory 2006
59. 01.07(?).00 TCHANGODEI Perfekte Leere -> LIEBE 2002
60. 01.07.27-28 SONNY SIMMONS Mixolydis 2002
61. 01.08.10, 01.08.27 THE COSMOSAMATICS The Cosmosamatics II 2002
62. 01.10.17 SONNY SIMMONS Live At Rive De Gier 2005
63. 02.01.29, 02.02.12 THE COSMOSAMATICS Cosmosamatics Three (studio) 2004
64. 02.04.00 SONNY SIMMONS/BRANDON EVANS Duo 2002 2002
65. 02.08.06 RENEGADE SOCIETY Renegade Society New York 2002 ; La Société de Renégat 2003
66. 02.08.12 BAY AREA ALL STARS! Now's The Time 2014
67. 03.01.25 SONNY SIMMONS SOLO Out Into The Andromeda ; La Société de Renégat 2003
68. 03.02.08 ANTHONY BRAXTON/SONNY SIMMONS/BRANDON EVANS SEXTET   2003
69. 03.03.07 THE COSMOSAMATICS Cosmosamatics Three (live) 2004
70. 03.03.10 THE COSMOSAMATICS Live At Banlieues Bleues 2003
71. 03.03.24-25 THE COSMOSAMATICS Magnitudes 2005
72. 03.07.20 RENEGADE SOCIETY The Internal Renegade Society NYC 2003 vol.1 2004
73. 03.09.05 RENEGADE SOCIETY The Internal Renegade Society NYC 2003 vol.2 2004
74. 04.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Filmworks 2009
75. 04.03.09 SONNY SIMMONS/JEFFREY HAYDEN SHURDUT The Future Is Ancient 2004
76. 04.04.29 THE COSMOSAMATICS Reeds & Birds (live) 2004
77. 04.09.09 THE COSMOSAMATICS Reeds & Birds (studio) 2004
78. 04.11.13 THE COSMOSAMATICS Zetrons 2005
79. 04.11.22 THE COSMOSAMATICS Zetrons 2005
80. 04.11.25 THE COSMOSAMATICS Zetrons 2005
81. 04.12.15 SONNY SIMMONS The Traveller; I'll See You When You Get There; Last Man Standing 2005-2007
82. 05.01.29-30 SONNY SIMMONS The Traveller; I'll See You When You Get There; Last Man Standing 2005-2007
83. 05.03.08 SONNY SIMMONS The Traveller; I'll See You When You Get There; Last Man Standing 2005-2007
84. 05.07.10 SONNY SIMMONS/JEFFREY HAYDEN SHURDUT Zebulon 1 2005
85. 05.08.10 SVEIN OLAV HERSTAD/SONNY SIMMONS Live At Haugesund International Jazzfestival 2005 2006
86. 05.11.11 THE COSMOSAMATICS Tribute to Charlie Parker and Eric Dolphy (TV broadcast) 2005
87. 05.11.18 THE COSMOSAMATICS London Jazz Festival (radio broadcast) 2005-2006
88. 05.12.03 SONNY SIMMONS/BRUNO GREGOIRE A True Life Drama 2005
89. 05.12.08 SONNY SIMMONS A True Life Drama 2005
90. 05.12.13 SONNY SIMMONS/BRUNO GREGOIRE A True Life Drama 2005
91. 06.06.06 SONNY SIMMONS Leaving Knowledge, Wisdom And Brilliance 2014
92. 06.06.21 SONNY SIMMONS (Interview with Jez Nelson) 2006
93. 06.07.29 SONNY SIMMONS/BRUNO GREGOIRE Fatherlands 2006
94. 06.08.03 SONNY SIMMONS/BRUNO GREGOIRE Fatherlands 2006
95. 06.08.04 SONNY SIMMONS/BRUNO GREGOIRE Fatherlands ; Ecstatic Nostalgia 2006;2007
96. 06.08.20 NILS-OLAV JOHANSEN My Deal 2007
97. 06.11.02 THE COSMOSAMATICS Free Within The Law (studio) 2008
98. 06.11.03 THE COSMOSAMATICS Free Within The Law (live) 2008
99. 06.12.12 SONNY SIMMONS Ecstatic Nostalgia 2007
100. 07.03.23 SONNY SIMMONS Fourth Dimension 2007
101. 07.08.16 CRIMETIME ORCHESTRA/SONNY SIMMONS/KORK Atomic Symphony 2009
102. 07.11.10 SONNY SIMMONS/BOBBY FEW True Wind 2008
103. 07.11.19 SONNY SIMMONS/TIGHT MEAT The Wire 25 (podcast) 2008
104. 10.05.23 SONNY SIMMONS/DELPHINE LATIL Symphony of the Peacocks 2011
105. 11.03.10 SONNY SIMMONS Performs the Music of Charlie Parker + 2011
106. 11.03.13 SONNY SIMMONS Performs the Music of Charlie Parker + 2011
107. 11.05.18 SONNY SIMMONS/FRANCOIS TUSQUES Near The Oasis 2011
108. 11.05.28 SONNY SIMMONS Leaving Knowledge, Wisdom And Brilliance 2014
109. 11.06.11 SONNY SIMMONS/FRANCOIS TUSQUES Near The Oasis 2011
110. 11.07.11 SONNY SIMMONS/THOMAS BELLIER Beyond The Planets 2013
111. 12.01.17 SONNY SIMMONS 25TH CENTURY ORCHESTRA No Title 2012
112. 12.02.00 SONNY SIMMONS/BRUNO GREGOIRE/OTHER MATTER Leaving Knowledge, Wisdom And Brilliance 2014
113. 12.02.08 SONNY SIMMONS/DELPHINE LATIL Beyond The Planets 2013
114. 12.04.27 MARK MASTERS ENSEMBLE Everything You Did (The Music Of Walter Becker & Donald Fagen) 2013
115. 12.08.00-12.11.00 SONNY SIMMONS & MOKSHA SAMNYASIN Nomadic 2014
116. 13.05.11-13 THE COSMOSAMATICS Jazz-Maalika 2013
117. 13.05.00 SONNY SIMMONS/OTHER MATTER Leaving Knowledge, Wisdom And Brilliance 2014
118. 13.06.00 SONNY SIMMONS/ANTON MOBIN/AKA_BONDAGE/OTHER MATTER/NOBODISOUNDZ Chasing The Bird? 2014
         

B. Soundtrack

  Rec. date Leader   1st issue
119. 97.12.20 SONNY SIMMONS/GILBERT SIGRIST Jours Tranquilles à Sarajevo 2005

 

C. Documentary films on Sonny Simmons
  Shooting Director   1st issue
120. late 80’s, early 90’s (?) Everybody Needs A Little Heaven 1990’s?
121. 97.00.00 AL DOUGLAS The Sonny Simmons Saxophone Workshop 1997
122. 99-00.00.00 BOB BREWSTER In Modern Time 2004
123. 01-02.00.00 BRANDON EVANS The Multiple Rated-X Truth 2003
124. 02-04.00.00 FRANÇOIS LUNEL Together With Sonny Simmons (Life In Paris, Winter 2002) 2004

D. Unissued ; private tapes ; wonders
  Rec. date Leader   1st issue
125. 60.00.00 PRINCE LASHA/SONNY SIMMONS (TV broadcast)  
126. 63.05.00 SONNY ROLLINS (Unissued recording session)  
127. 68.00.00 BILL DIXON University Of The Streets Orchestra (private tape)  
128. 70.00.00 BERT WILSON Cosmic Communication (private tape)  
129. 70(?).00.00 JAMES ZITRO Zytron Jam (private tape)  
130. 70.06.19 BERT WILSON The Age Of The Mutants (private tape)  
131. 70.06.23 BERT WILSON Berkeley Mutation Center Summer Festival (private tape)  
132. 70-71(?).12.17 BERT WILSON Motational Symphonic Movement (private tape)  
133. 71.11.28 BERT WILSON The Work Is Erected For The Glory Of God - & To Groove Mankind (private tape)  
134. 72.00.00 BERT WILSON (Private tape)  
135. 74.00.00 BERT WILSON (Private tape)  
136. 74.04.30 BERT WILSON In Old Topanga (private tape)  
137. 80.07.08 BIG BLACK/SONNY SIMMONS Live at Kuumbwa Jazz Center (private tape)  
138. 80.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Live in Oakland (private tape)  
139. 80(?).00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Quad Force (private tape)  
140. 80-81.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Kirk Hedyt Tapes #3 (private tape)  
141. 81.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS (Rehearsal tape)  
142. 81.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Live at the Scarab (1) (private tape)  
143. 81.00.00 HI TIDE HARRIS (Unissued recording session)  
144. 82.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Trio 82 (private tape)  
145. 82.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Live at the Scarab (2) (private tape)  
146. 86.10.04 SONNY SIMMONS AND HIS AMERICAN JUNGLE BAND Live at First On First Club (private tape)  
147. 88(?).00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Shipwrecked (unissued recording session)  
148. 88.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Duo (private tape)  
149. 93(?).00.00 SONNY SIMMONS (Unissued recording session)  
150. 93.00.00 SONNY SIMMONS Live at Espace (private VHS)  
151. 95.07.11-16 SONNY SIMMONS Live at the Iridium (private tape)  
152. 96.06.29 SONNY SIMMONS Live at the Knitting Factory (private tape)  
153. 97.04.18 SONNY SIMMONS/SUNNY MURRAY Live at the Studio des Islettes (private tape)  
154. 97.10.00 OLIVER LAKE/SONNY SIMMONS Live in the Netherlands (private tape)  
155. 97.12.20 SONNY SIMMONS/GILBERT SIGRIST Jours Tranquilles à Sarajevo (outtakes)  
156. 99.05.00 NEW MILLENIUM SAXOPHONE ORCHESTRA (Unissued recording session)  
157. 00.02.00 SONNY SIMMONS (Unissued recording session)  
158. 00.02.00 SONNY SIMMONS Live at De Fremey Park (private tape)  
159. 01.10.00 SONNY SIMMONS Live in Avignon (private VHS)  
160. 01.10.23-24 SONNY SIMMONS Live at Sunside Club (private VHS)  
161. 02.06.01 THE COSMOSAMATICS Live at Vision Festival (private tape)  
162. 05.04.00 SONNY SIMMONS/HI-FI Intent Blue Room (unissued recording session)  

E. Shows : the sessionography (coming soon)

F. Covers, tributes
  Rec. date Leader   1st issue
  77.07.01-03 PAUL BLEY Axis ("Music Matador") 1977
  83.00.00 PRINCE LASHA And Now Music ("Music Matador") 1983
  83.06.29 PAUL BLEY Tears ("Music Matador") 1983
  86.03.26 PAUL BLEY/JESPER LUNDGAARD Live ("Music Matador") 1986
  93.08.00 PAUL BLEY/JANE BUNNETT Double Time ("Music Matador") 1994
  98.00.00 BRUCE ACKLEY The Hearing ("Juggernault") 1999
  99.08.00 OLIVER LAKE Kinda' Up ("Land Of The Freaks") 2000
  00.00.00 NOUVELLE Free Bossa ("Music Matador") 2000
  05.04.05 PRINCE LASHA The Mystery Of Prince Lasha ("Ornette, Captain Hornblower", a.k.a. "Music Matador") 2006
  05.12.07-17 JAZZMOB Machine Infernale ("One For Simmons") 2006
         

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A work in progress, © Julien Palomo, March 2014

 

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