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69.02.10

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : Manhattan Egos (Arhoolie)     Sonny Simmons : Manhattan Egos (Arhoolie)

February 10, 1969
Sierra Sound Studios, Berkeley, USA

1. Coltrane In Paradise (Sonny Simmons) [11:46]
2. The Prober (Sonny Simmons) [9:28]
3. Manhattan Egos (Sonny Simmons) [8:22]
4. Seven Dances Of Salome (Sonny Simmons) [7:01]
5. Visions (Sonny Simmons) [6:08]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone, English horn
Barbara Donald : trumpet
Juma [Sultan] : bass, congo drums
Paul Smith : drums
Voodoo Bembe : congo drums (#4)

producer : Chris Strachwitz

 

69.03.06

SONNY SIMMONS/+V/A

March 6, 1969
Live at the "True Creation From Vibration", NYC, USA*

1. For Posterity (Sonny Simmons) [0:30] **

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

 

69.07.31, 69.08.01

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : Rumasuma

July 31 & August 1, 1969
Contemporary’s studio, Los Angeles, USA

1. Rumasuma (Sonny Simmons) [10:52]
2. Back To The Apple (Sonny Simmons) [10:32]
3. Reincarnation (Sonny Simmons) [11:36]
4. For Posterity (Sonny Simmons) [10:38]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Barbara Donald : trumpet
Mike Cohen : piano
Jerry Sealund : bass
Bill Pickens : bass
Billy Higgins : drums

producer : Lester Koenig

 

70.07.24

BERT WILSON/SONNY SIMMONS/+V/A.

Bert Wilson, Sonny Simmons and James Zitro : The Mystic Rites Of Sound

July 24, 1970 *
Bert Wilson’s home, Berkeley, USA

1. Ritual Invocation Of The Wailing Demons/Communion Of The High Priests/... resolving to... An Unanswered Question (Bert Wilson/Sonny Simmons/Bob Saunderson/Kenny Jenkins/James Zitro) [30:54]
2. Spirits Of The Cosmic Voice... Dare Us To Be Free ---- And We---- AGREE!! (Bert Wilson/Sonny Simmons/Bob Saunderson/Kenny Jenkins/James Zitro) [30:32]

Bert Wilson : tenor saxophone
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Bob Saunderson : flute
Kenny Jenkins : bass violin
James Zitro : percussion

 

70.09.20

PRINCE LASHA/FIREBIRDS

Prince Lawsha and Firebirds featuring Sonny Simmons : Live At Monterey Jazz Festival Vol.III (Birdseye)

September 20, 1970 *
Monterey, USA

1. Scarlet Ibis Birds (Prince Lasha) [17:41]
2. Journey To Zoar (Prince Lasha) [14:12]

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

producer : Prince Lasha

 

70.11.06

SONNY SIMMONS/MICHAEL WHITE

November 6, 1970
Live at the Newman Center, Berkeley, USA

1. Beings Of Light (Sonny Simmons) [13:08]
2. Purple Rays (Sonny Simmons) [12:36]
3. Divine Magnet (Michael White) [3:21]
4. The Beauty Of Ibis (Sonny Simmons) [6:55]

Sonny Simmons : tenor saxophone
Michael White : violin
Kenny Jenkins : bass
Eddie Marshall : drums

producers : Chris Strachwitz and Sonny Simmons

 

70.11.24

SONNY SIMMONS

Huey Sonny Simmons : Burning Spirits     Sonny Simmons : Burning Spirits

November 24, 1970
Contemporary’s studio, Los Angeles, USA

1. Burning Spirits no. 1 (Sonny Simmons) [11:30]
2. New Newk (Sonny Simmons) [11:38]
3. Healing Rays (Sonny Simmons) [15:51]
4. Burning Spirits no. 2 (Sonny Simmons) [13:43]
5. Things And Beings (Sonny Simmons) [9:24]
6. E=mc2 (Sonny Simmons) [16:55]

Sonny (Huey) Simmons : tenor and alto saxophones, English horn
Barbara Donald : trumpet (#1, 3-4, 6)
Michael White : violin (#1, 3-6)
Lonnie Liston Smith : piano (#2, 5)
Richard Davis : bass
Cecil McBee : bass (#1, 3-6)
Clifford Jarvis : drums

producer : Lester Koenig

 

71.00.00

BERT WILSON/SONNY SIMMONS/+V/A.

Bert Wilson, Sonny Simmons and Barbara Donald : Kozmic Communication

1971
Bert Wilson’s home, Berkeley, USA

1. Kosmic Boogaloo (Bert Wilson/Sonny Simmons/Barbara Donald/Bobby Natanson) [15:40]
2. Telepathic Swing (Bert Wilson/Sonny Simmons/Barbara Donald/Bobby Natanson/Bobby Addison) [51:04]

Bert Wilson : tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Barbara Donald : trumpet
Bobby Addison : guitar (#2)
Bobby Natanson : percussion

 

71.09.10

BERT WILSON/SONNY SIMMONS/+V/A.

Bert Wilson, Bobby Addison, Sonny Simmons, Barbara Donald and Smiley Winters : Expanded Universe

September 10, 1971
Bert Wilson’s home, Berkeley, USA

1. Expanded Universe (Bert Wilson/Bobby Addison/John Neuman/Smiley Winters/Sonny Simmons/Barbara Donald/Bobby Natanson) [38:54]
2. Dusk (Bert Wilson) [17:27]
3. Well, You Needn't (Thelonious Monk) [16:57]

Bert Wilson : tenor saxophone
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone (#1)
Barbara Donald : trumpet (#1)
Bobby Addison : guitar
John Neuman : bass
Smiley Winters : drums (#1,3)
Bobby Natanson : drums (#1,2)

 

71.12.24

BERT WILSON

Sonny Simmons, Bert Wilson, Barbara Donald, Smiley Winters and James Zitro : Xmas with Uncle Sonny

December 24, 1971
Bert Wilson’s home, Berkeley, USA

1. Good Morning/Merry Xmas Bird (Birdfeathers) (Bert Wilson/Smiley Winters) [9:38]
2. Xmas Dance At The Officer's Club/Johnuary Tranetarium (Bert Wilson/Sonny Simmons/Smiley Winters/James Zitro) [30:31]

Bert Wilson : saxophones
Sonny Simmons : saxophones, bamboo flute (#2)
James Zitro : drums, percussion (#2)
William “Smiley” Winters : drums, percussion

 

71.12.25

BERT WILSON

December 25, 1971 **
Sonny Simmons’ home, San Francisco, USA

1. Xmas With Uncle Sonny 1 (Bert Wilson/Sonny Simmons/Smiley Winters/James Zitro/John Neumann) [45:30]
2. Xmas With Uncle Sonny 2 (Bert Wilson/Sonny Simmons/Smiley Winters/James Zitro/John Neumann) [18:54]
3. Xmas With Uncle Sonny 3 (Bert Wilson/Sonny Simmons/Smiley Winters/James Zitro/John Neumann) [5:01]

Bert Wilson : saxophones
Sonny Simmons : saxophones
Barbara Donald : trumpet
John Neumann : bass
James Zitro : drums, percussion
William “Smiley” Winters : drums, percussion

 

72.00.00

BERT WILSON/SONNY SIMMONS/+V/A.

Bert Wilson, Sonny Simmons, Barbara Donald and James Zitro ; Palo Colorado Suite

Summer 1972
Palo Colorado Canyon, Big Sur, USA

1. Para-phrase On New Newk (Sonny Simmons) [21:53]
2. Sonny's Tune (Sonny Simmons) [10:29]
3. Untitled (Bert Wilson/Sonny Simmons/Barbara Donald/Michael Cohen/Dennis Parker/James Zitro) [36:04]

Bert Wilson : tenor and baritone saxophones
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Barbara Donald : trumpet
Michael Cohen : organ
Dennis Parker : bass guitar
James Zitro : percussion

 

72.08.01

SMILEY WINTERS

James Bronson Jr present Les Oubliés du Jazz ensemble featuring Smiley Winters and Sonny Simmons playing "That" Nigger Music on Touché records     William Richard Smiley Winters Sr. Esq. H.M.I.C (Head Musician In Charge)      James Bronson Jr present Les Oubliés du Jazz ensemble featuring Smiley Winters and Sonny Simmons playing "That" Nigger Music on Touché records     N-Side : Three Voices From The N-Side (A Poetic Tribute To William "Smiley" Winters) Click second image from the left to enlarge it.

August 1st, 1972
Sierra Sound Studios, Berkeley, USA

1. The Introduction {1,2} / a.k.a. Marie Braure {3}
2. Nigger-UR-AH-Musician {1} /a.k.a. Smiley's Introduction {2} / a.k.a. “Smiley” Winters {3} / ak.a. Vanguard Five {4}
3. Nigger-UR-AH-Music {1,2} / a.k.a. Nigger Music ! {3}
4. Persona Non Grata {1} / a.k.a. Persona Non Grata (UC Berkley Blues) {3}
5. Just For “Smiles” {1,3} / a.k.a. Voices {4}
6. Quelle Est Votre Raison D’Etre {1,2,3} / a.k.a. Vanguard Dreams {4}
7. “Smiley” Winters Gitting Righteously Down ! {1} / a.k.a. Smiley Winters Playing Them Tubs {3}
8. Lay Out… Nigger Musician… Lay Out {3}
9. Epilogue {3}

William “Smiley” Winters : drums, conductor
Sonny Simmons : alto and tenor saxophones, English horn
Barbara Donald : trumpet
C.L. Jones : tenor saxophone
Sonny Lewis : tenor saxophone, flute
Jules Rowell : trombone
Ed Kelly : electric piano
Ray Drummond : bass
Melvin Simmons : bass
Marie Braure: spoken introduction (#1)
Sugar Ree : voice (#2)

producer : James Bronson Jr.

 

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