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A. Issued recordings

62.11.21

PRINCE LASHA/SONNY SIMMONS

Prince Lasha quintet featuring Sonny Simmons : The Cry !     Tatsuo Sunaga : Jazz Allnighters  No.3 (featuring "Congo Call", Sonny Simmons and Prince Lasha). Click image to enlarge

November 21, 1962
Contemporary Record’s studio, Los Angeles, USA

1. Congo Call (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [5:02] {1,2}
2. Bojangles (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [7:00] {1}
3. Green And Gold (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [4:52] {1}
4. Ghost Of The Past (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [4:59] {1}
5. Red’s Mood (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [5:04] {1}
6. Juanita (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [5:32] {1}
7. Lost Generation (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [5:15] {1}
8. A.Y. (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [4:46] {1}

Prince Lasha : flute (#1, 3-6, 8), bass clarinet (#4)
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Gary Peacock : bass
Mark Proctor : bass (#1, 3-6)
Gene Stone : drums

producer : Lester Koenig

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63.05.00

PRINCE LASHA/SONNY SIMMONS/DON CHERRY/CLIFFORD JORDAN

Prince Lasha, Sonny Simmons, Clifford Jordan, Don Cherry, Fred Lyman, Charles Moffett : It Is Revealed     Prince Lasha, Sonny Simmons, Clifford Jordan, Don Cherry, Fred Lyman, Charles Moffett : It Is Revealed, side 1, label      Prince Lasha, Sonny Simmons, Clifford Jordan, Don Cherry, Fred Lyman, Charles Moffett : It Is Revealed, side 2, label Click on labels to enlarge images.

May 1963
Zounds studio, NYC, USA

1. Lost Generation [20:50]
2. The Trane [11:20]
3. Prelude To Bird [5:25]

Prince Lasha : flute
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Clifford Jordan : tenor saxophone
Don Cherry : trumpet
Fred Lyman : fluegelhorn
Bill Wood : bass
Orville Harrison : bass
Charles Moffett : drums

producer : Fred Lyman

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63.07.03

ERIC DOLPHY

Eric Dolphy : Iron Man     Eric Dolphy : Conversations (including Music Matador)

July 3, 1963 ***
Music Makers, Inc., NYC, USA

1. Music Matador (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [9:32] {2}
2. Burning Spear (Eric Dolphy) [11:54] {1}

Eric Dolphy : bass clarinet
Woody Shaw : trumpet (#2)
Clifford Jordan : tenor saxophone (#2), soprano saxophone (#1)
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Prince Lasha : flute
Garvin Bushell : bassoon (#2)
Bobby Hutcherson : vibraphone
Richard Davis : bass
Eddie Khan : bass (#2)
J.C. Moses : drums (#2)
Charles Moffett : drums (#1)

producer : Alan Douglas

 

63.05-08(?).00

BOSSA TRES

The Bossa Tres featuring Sonny Simmons, Prince Lasha and Clifford Jordan : Jazz Tempo, Latin Accents

May-August 1963 **
NYC, USA

1. Bottles (Luiz Parga/Sebastião Neto/Edison Machado) [2:13] {1}
2. Blue Monk (Thelonious Monk) [3:39] {1, 2}
3. Love For Sale (Cole Porter) [4:56] {1, 2}
4. Cutie (Sonny Rollins) [2:01] {1}
5. Moanin' (Bobby Timmons) [3:42] {1}
6. Well You Needn't (Thelonious Monk) [3:47] {1, 2}
7. Dahoud (Luiz Parga/Sebastião Neto/Edison Machado) [3:37] {1}
8. Epistle To Train (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [4:06] {1, 2}
9. Days Of Wine And Roses (Henry Mancini/J. Mercer) [3:17] {1}
10. Whisper Not (Benny Golson) [3:52] {1, 2}
11. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern/Oliver Halbach) [3:49] {1}
12. Minortory (Gigi Gryce) [2:26] {1}

Prince Lasha : flute (#2, 6, 8, 10)
Clifford Jordan : flute, tenor and soprano saxophones (#2-3, 6, 8, 10)
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone (#6, 8)
Luiz Parga : piano
Sebastião “Tião” Neto : bass
Edison Machado : drums

Producer : Herman D. Gimbel

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63.08.08

ELVIN JONES/JIMMY GARRISON

Evin Jones - Jimmy Garrison sextet featuring Sonny Simmons, Prince Lasha and Charles Davis : Illumination ! (Impulse)     McCoy Tyner : The Impulse Story (1 track featuring Sonny Simmons)

August 8, 1963
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA

1. Nuttin’ Out Jones (Prince Lasha) [5:32] {1}
2. Oriental Flower (McCoy Tyner) [3:45] {1,2}
3. Half And Half (Charles Davis) [6:25] {1}
4. Aborigine Dance In Scotland (Sonny Simmons) [4:09] {1}
5. Gettin’ On Way (Jimmy Garrison) [5:11] {1}
6. Just Us Blues (Charles Davis) [5:55] {1}

Prince Lasha : clarinet, flute
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone, English horn
Charles Davis : baritone saxophone
McCoy Tyner : piano
Jimmy Garrison : bass
Elvin Jones : drums

producer : Bob Thiele

 

66.08.30

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : Staying On The Watch (ESP)     Sonny Simmons : Staying On The Watch (ESP)     Various Artist : Smorgasbord Vorspeise Appetizer (ESP DVD-audio sampler) (1 track featuring Sonny Simmons) Click image to enlarge

August 30, 1966
NYC, USA

1. Metamorphosis (Sonny Simmons***) [11:38] {1}
2. A Distant Voice (Sonny Simmons) [7:23] {1}
3. City Of David (Sonny Simmons) [15:03] {1,2} ****
4. Interplanetary Travelers (Sonny Simmons) [9:20] {1}

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

producer : Bernard Stollman

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66.12.00

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : Music From The Spheres (ESP)     Wu Ming 1, The Old New Thing: A Free Jazz Anthology (1 track by Sonny Simmons)

December 1966
NYC, USA

1. Resolutions (Sonny Simmons) [8:36] {1}
2. Zarak’s Symphony (Sonny Simmons) [12:42] {1}
3. Balladia (Sonny Simmons) [12:41] {1}
4. Dolphy’s Days (Sonny Simmons) [13:26] {1,2} ***

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Bert Wilson : tenor saxophone (#4)
Barbara Donald : trumpet
Mike Cohen : piano
Juney Booth : bass
James Zitro : drums

producer : Bernard Stollman

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67.09.28-29

PRINCE LASHA/SONNY SIMMONS

Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons : Firebirds

September 28-29, 1967
Contemporary Record’s studio, Los Angeles, USA

1. The Island Song (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [8:47]
2. Psalms Of Solomon (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [10:45]
3. Prelude To Bird (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [3:53]
4. The Loved Ones (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [5:21]
5. Firebirds (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [10:05]

Prince Lasha : alto saxophone, flute, alto clarinet
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone, English horn
Bobby Hutcherson : vibraphone
Buster Williams : bass
Charles Moffett : drums

producer : Lester Koenig

 

68.02.24

SONNY SIMMONS

February 2, 1968
Live at the "True Creation From Vibration", NYC, USA*

1. A Love Supreme - Resolution (John Coltrane) [0:30] **

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Barbara Donald : trumpet
Juma Sultan : bass
Paul Smith : drums

 

69.00.00

SONNY SIMMONS/JUMA SULTAN

1969
Sonny’s rehearsal studio, 9th St., Manhattan, NYC, USA

1. Improvisation (Sonny Simmons/Juma Sultan) [0:30] *

Sonny Simmons : English horn
Juma Sultan : bass

 

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