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78(?).00.00

TOWNSEND, TOWNSEND, TOWNSEND & ROGERS

Townsend, Townsend, Townsend and Rogers

1978 (?) *
Marvin Gaye Studios, LA, USA

1. Wondering (Ed Townsend/V. Fisher) [4:24]
2. Rock Me Sock Me (Nathaniel G. Johnson/David Rogers/Lester Crawford/Larry Conley) [3:15]
3. Bring It Down To The Real (Ed Townsend/David Rogers) [4:38]
4. True Love (Is A Terrible Thing To Waste) (Ed Townsend) [4:08]
5. It’s A Pleasure To Have Loved You (Ed Townsend) [3:31]
6. Playground (David Rogers) [4:24]
7. You Can (Ed Townsend/C. Guidice) [4:23]
8. It’s Too Late To Be Nice To Her Now (Ed Townsend) [6:41]
9. It’s You (David Rogers) [5:05]

Ed Townsend : lead vocals (#1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9), keyboards, conductor, arranger
Michael Townsend : lead vocals (#2, 3, 6), keyboards
David Townsend : guitar, keyboards
David Rogers : guitar, keyboards
Anthony Johnson : special keyboards
Larry Conley : tenor saxophone, lead vocals (#2)
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Barbara Simmons : trumpet
Nathaniel G. Johnson : bass
Lester Crawford : drums
Rene Hall : arranger

producer : Ed Townsend

 

80.03(?).00

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : Live At The Cheshire Cat

March (?) 1980
Live at the Gnu Deli (?), Olympia, WA, USA

1. It's The Talk Of The Town (Marty Symes/A.J. Neiburg/Jerry Livingston) [43:06] **

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Irvin Lovilette : drums
unknown ("Max" ? or Michael Olson ?): percussions

 

80.04(?).00

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : Introducing Black Jack Pleasanton

April 1980 and later that year**
Oakland

1. Untitled (Simmons/Heydt/Hadjee) [31:21]

Sonny Simmons: alto saxophone
Kirk Heydt: cello
“Hadjee”: electric bass



80.04(?).00-81.00.00

SONNY SIMMONS

Sometime between April 1980 and 1981
Live, location unknown

1. Spoken introduction [0:40]
2. Zoarius (Kirk Heydt) [33:43]
3. untitled (Sonny Simmons) [33:43]
4. Zoarius reprise (Kirk Heydt) [8:58]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Kirk Heydt : cello
Martin O’Connor : bass
Arnold Young “K.C. Arnie” : drums
“Sue” : violin (#1,3)
“Steve” : flute (#1,3)

 

80.04(?).00-82.00.00

SONNY SIMMONS

Sometime between April 1980 and 1982
Rehearsal tape, date and location unknown

1. Untitled (Simmons/Heydt/Young) [26:53]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Kirk Heydt : cello
Arnold Young “K.C. Arnie” : drums

 

80.04(?).00-82.00.00

THE QUAD FORCE

Sometime between April 1980 and 1982
Date and location unknown

1. Untitled, same as 80.04(?).00-81.00.00 track 2. (Sonny Simmons) [25:15]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Kirk Heydt : cello
Unknown bass player
Unknown drummer, probably Arnold Young



80.04(?).00-82.00.00

THE QUAD FORCE

Sometime between April 1980 and 1982
Date and location unknown

1. Untitled, same as 80.04(?).00-81.00.00 track 2 (Sonny Simmons) [3:56]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Kirk Heydt : cello
Unknown bass player
Unknown drummer, probably Arnold Young

 

80.04(?).00-82.00.00

THE QUAD FORCE+VIOLIN

Sometime between April 1980 and 1982
Date and location unknown

1. Ancient Ritual (Sonny Simmons) [9:48]
2. Untitled (Simmons/Heydt/unknown) [16:11]
3. Untitled (Simmons/Heydt/unknown) [8:58]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Kirk Heydt : cello
Unknown bass player
Unknown violin player (#1,3)

 

80.09(?).00

SONNY SIMMONS

Summer or Fall 1980
Live at The Cheshire Cat Club, San Francisco, CA, USA

1. Lost Village Of Um'Tombey (Sonny Simmons) [22:04]
2. Body And Soul (Johnny Green/Robert Sour/Edward Heyman/Frank Eyton) [11:57]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Richard Clements : piano
Freddie Williams : bass
Larry Hancock : drums

 

82.00.00

SONNY SIMMONS

1982
Rehearsal tape, San Bruno, CA

1. Untitled (Simmons/Heydt/Young) [36:42]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Kirk Heydt : cello
Arnold Young “K.C. Arnie” : drums

 

82.00.00

SONNY SIMMONS

1982
Live at the Scarab, Berkeley, CA

1. Untitled, same as 82.00.00 track 1 (Simmons/Heydt/Baker) [20:29]
2. Carribean Nights (Sonny Simmons) [10:05]
3. Untitled (Sonny Simmons) / Carribean Nights reprise (Sonny Simmons) [11:37]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Kirk Heydt : cello
James Baker : drums

 

82.01.19

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons and Billy Higgins : Backwoods Suite

January 19, 1982
Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, USA

1. Sparrow’s Last Jump (Sonny Simmons) [5:51]
2. Backwoods Suite (Sonny Simmons) [6:45]
3. Title X (Sonny Simmons) [11:02]
4. You Better Do It Now Before You Die Later (Sonny Simmons) [5:11]
5. Manhattan Out (Sonny Simmons) [8:04]
6. Chimes Of Time (Sonny Simmons) [2:56]
7. Shores Of Trinidad (Sonny Simmons) [8:09]
8. Backwoods Suite - reprise (Sonny Simmons) [2:06]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Joe Hardin : trumpet (#1, 3-8)
Al Thomas : trombone (#1, 3-8)
Michael Marcus : baritone saxophone (#1, 3-8)
Joe Bonner : piano (#1-7)
Herbie Lewis : bass (#1-7)
Billy Higgins : drums (#1-7)

producer : Craig Morton

 

82.10.00

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons  :  Global Jungle

October 1982 **
Oakland, USA

1. The Global Jungle (Sonny Simmons) [10:05]
2. The Global Prayer (Sonny Simmons) [9:46]
3. Steel Foundry Of Love (Sonny Simmons) [4:39]
4. Walking On Top Of The Sky (Sonny Simmons) [10:57]
5. Duet (Sonny Simmons) [9:35]
6. Tachyon Movements (Sonny Simmons) [7:02]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Kirk Heydt : cello
Perry Thorsell : acoustic bass (#1-3)
Earl Freeman : electric fretless bass (#1-3)
Freddie “Bon Ganni” Williams : acoustic bass (#4-6)
Dylan Morgan : drums
Jeffrey Donald : vocals (#4)

producer : Kirk Heydt

 

86.10.00

SONNY SIMMONS

October 1986 (?) **
NYC , USA

1. Change from the 50's to the 60's [2:26]
2. The Avant Garde [1:42]
3. Fear of Exposing the Music [1:50]
4. Sonny on Barbara Donald I [2:35]
5. Sonny on Barbara Donald II [1:52]
6. The City of David [0:55]
7. Metamorphosis [0:18]
8. The College Circuit [0:49]
9. On Eric Dolphy I [1:31]
10. On Eric Dolphy II [2:43]
11. How They Treat Us [2:10]
12. The West Coast [1:01]
13. Musicians Need Work [1:49]
14. The Music Industry [2:20]
15. Learn your Appliance [1:56]
16. The "New Music" [1:12]
17. Dennis Charles [0:38]
18. Sonny's Contribution [3:55]

Sonny Simmons : voice
Interview directed by Michael "Dr. Bop" Anderson ***

 

88.00.00

SONNY SIMMONS

Various Artists : Beets : A Collection Of Jazz Songs. Featured track Sonny Simmons, Ballad For My Friend

1988 (?) **
<location ?>, San Francisco, USA

1. Ballad For My Friend (Sonny Simmons) [3:43]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone

 

91.08.08

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : Jewels

August 8, 1991
Home of Dr. Sheldon I. Morton, San Francisco, USA

1. Music Matador (Prince Lasha/Sonny Simmons) [12:37 ; 12:30] ** {1,2}
2. Cosmic Funk (Sonny Simmons) [19:15 ; 19:00] {1,2}
3. Caribbean Nights (Sonny Simmons) [8:47 ; 8:40] {1,2}
4. Other Worlds (Sonny Simmons) [16:30 ; 16:23] {1,2}
5. Reverend Church (Sonny Simmons) [11:57 ; 11:46] {1,2}
6. (unknown title) (Sonny Simmons) [0:48] {1}

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone

producers : Craig Morton and Sonny Simmons

 

92.12.07-08

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : Ancient Ritual

December 7 & 8, 1992
Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, USA *

1. Reincarnation (Sonny Simmons) [6:50]
2. Trumpet Ship (Sonny Simmons) [5:46]
3. Theme For Linda (Sonny Simmons) [7:14]
4. Crystal (Sonny Simmons) [6:25]
5. The Other East (Sonny Simmons) [7:18]
6. Country Parson (Sonny Simmons) [10:08]
7. Ancient Ritual (Sonny Simmons) [12:10]
8. Sundown In Egypt (Sonny Simmons) [10:49]

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

producer : Craig Morton

 

93.00.00

THE RHYTHM SECTION

Various Artists : Home Cookin'. Featurde track The Rhythm Section, Tachyon     Various Artists : Best Of Cookin'.

1993
Live at Swing Shift, San Francisco, USA ***

1. Tachyon (Dan Prothero) [6:49]

The Rhythm Section, a/k/a Dan Prothero : arranger, mixes, voice
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone, voice

producer : Dan Prothero

 

93.05.00

RENEGADE SOCIETY

Sonny Simmons, Renegade Society : Live in S.F. 1993     Sonny Simmons, Renegade Society : Live in San Francisco 1993

May 1993
Live at Spike’s Underground, San Francisco, USA

1. Birth Of A Renegade (Sonny Simmons) [35:35]
2. A Distant Voice (Sonny Simmons) [7:58]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Brandon Evans : tenor saxophone
John Rush : bass
Michael Calvallo : bass
Drew Gardner : drums

producer : Brandon Evans

 

94.11.23-29(?)

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons trio : Live - In Paris

November 23-29, 1994 *
Live at Club La Villa, Paris, France

1. Cosmic Ship ** (Sonny Simmons) [14:00]
2. Purple Kiss (Sonny Simmons) [7:00]
3. My Favorite Things (Richard Rodgers/Oliver Hammerstein II) [5:35]
4. Ancient Egypt (Sonny Simmons) [4:00]
5. New Bird Blues *** (Sonny Simmons) [5:40]
6. Reverend Church **** (Sonny Simmons) [8:50]
7. Hot House (Tadd Dameron) [9:45]
8. Lady L (Sonny Simmons) [7:25]
9. Salt Peanuts (John Birks Gillespie) [5:00]
10. Ghost From The Golden Era (Sonny Simmons) [19:20]
11. Voodoo Hoodoo Funk ***** (Sonny Simmons) [5:00]
12. ‘Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk) [5:40]
13. Hip Hop Le Funk (Sonny Simmons) [6:45]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Jean-Jacques Avenel : bass
George Brown : drums

producers : Sonny Simmons and Michael Marcus

 

95.06.03

SONNY SIMMONS

June 3, 1995
Live at the 24th International New Jazz Festival, Moers, Germany

1. Ancient Ritual (Sonny Simmons)
2. Crystal (Sonny Simmons)
3. Trumpet Ship (Sonny Simmons)
4. Reincarnation (Sonny Simmons)
5. Theme For Geraldine (Sonny Simmons)
6. Body And Soul (Johnny Green/Robert Sour/Edward Heyman/Frank Eyton)

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Eugene Baylon Jacbloo : bass
Zarak Simmons : drums

 

95.07.06

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons Triangular Force : Live in Montreal 1994     Sonny Simmons trio : Reincarnation, Montreal 1994

July 6, 1995 **
Live in Montreal, Canada

1. Ancient Ritual (Sonny Simmons) [20:02]
2. Trumpet Ship (Sonny Simmons) [9:12]
3. My Favorite Things (Richard Rodgers/Oliver Hammerstein II) [4:57]
4. Body And Soul (Johnny Green/Robert Sour/Edward Heyman/Frank Eyton) [7:01]
5. Country Parson (Sonny Simmons) [7:25]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Charnet Moffett : bass
Art Lewis : drums

producer : Brandon Evans

 

95.07.28

HORACE TAPSCOTT/SONNY SIMMONS

Horace Tapscott Sonny Simmons quartet : Among Friends

July 28, 1995
Live at the Parc des Recollets, Longwy, France

1. Milestones (Miles Davis) [4:23]
2. Body And Soul (Johnny Green/Robert Sour/Edward Heyman/Frank Eyton) [10:23]
3. So What (Miles Davis) [15:50]
4. Caravan (Edward Kennedy Ellington/Juan Tizol/Irving Mills) [20:26]

Horace Tapscott : piano
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
James Lewis : bass
John Betsch : drums

producer : Alain Dupuy-Raufaste

 

95.08.08

HORACE TAPSCOTT

Horace Tapscott trio + guest : Recorded Live in La Seyne Sur Mer

August 8, 1995
Live in La Seyne-sur-Mer, France

1. Tapscott Medley n°1 (Horace Tapscott) 18:34
2. Tapscott Medley n°2 (Horace Tapscott) 22:52

Horace Tapscott : piano
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
James Lewis : bass
John Betsch : drums

producer : Alain Dupuy-Raufaste

 

95.09.02

SONNY SIMMONS

September 2, 1995
Live at the 29th Jazz Festival, Willisau, Switzerland

1. Introduction [1:49]
2. My Favorite Things (Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II) [21:29]
3. Acknowledgements [1:40]

Sonny Simmons : English horn (#2)
Hakim Bournane : bass (#2)
Ronnie Burrage : drums (#2)

 

95.12.22-23

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : American Jungle

December 22 & 23, 1995
Power Station, NYC, USA

1. Land Of The Freaks (Sonny Simmons) [8:33]
2. Black, Blue & Purple (For The Great Lord Alain) (Sonny Simmons) [12:19]
3. Coltrane Story (Sonny Simmons) [2:46]
4. My Favorite Things (Richard Rodgers/Oliver Hammerstein II) [9:39]
5. American Jungle Theme * (Sonny Simmons) [13:04]

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

producer : Craig Morton

 

96.04.09

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : Transcendence

April 9, 1996
The Spirit Room, Rossie, NYC, USA

1. Manhattan Rejects (Sonny Simmons) [8:19]
2. Geraldine’s Dream (Sonny Simmons) [7:52]
3. Nuclear Fission (Sonny Simmons) [12:57]
4. In The Arena (Michael Marcus) [4:28]
5. Phrazaronics (Sonny Simmons) [11:07]
6. Lost Village Of Um’Tombey (Sonny Simmons) [10:15]
7. Cosmosamatics (Sonny Simmons) [14:20]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone (#1-3, 5-7)
Michael Marcus : stritch, manzello (#1, 3-5, 7)
Charles Moffett : drums (#1, 3-7)

producer : Bob Rusch

 

96.05.04

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : Judgment Day

May 4, 1996
The Spirit Room, Rossie, NYC, USA

1. Judgement Day (Sonny Simmons) [15:54]
2. Monk Mania (Sonny Simmons) [10:59]
3. Sponge Garden (Michael Marcus) [5:21]
4. Waltz For Josette (Sonny Simmons) [8:08]
5. The Call For Old Syrus (Sonny Simmons) [16:34]
6. Augmentation (Sonny Simmons) [13 :08]

Sonny Simmons : tenor saxophone (#1-2, 4-6)
Michael Marcus : manzello, c-melody saxophone (#1-2, 4, 6), bass clarinet (#3)
Steve Neil : bass
Charles Moffett : drums (#1-2, 4, 6)

producer : Bob Rusch

 

97.00.00

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : Saxophone Legacy

Spring 1997
Al Douglas’ homestudio, Paris, France

1. Tito Puente (Sonny Simmons) [0:26]
2. Latin 1 (Sonny Simmons) [2:02]
3. Latin 2 (Sonny Simmons) [2:51] **
4. Leadbelly (Sonny Simmons) [0:20]
5. Folk 1 (Sonny Simmons) [1:26]
6. Folk 2 (Sonny Simmons) [1:43]
7. Folk 3 (Sonny Simmons) [1:10]
8. Folk 4 (Sonny Simmons) [2:01]
9. This Is The Blues (Sonny Simmons) [0:23]
10. Blues 1 (Sonny Simmons) [3:02]
11. Blues 2 (Sonny Simmons) [2:43]
12. Blues 3 (Sonny Simmons) [2:25]
13. Louis Jordan (Sonny Simmons) [0:21]
14. R&B 1 (Sonny Simmons) [2:34]
15. R&B 2 (Sonny Simmons) [2:14]
16. R&B 3 (Sonny Simmons) [1:56]
17. Reggae Music (Sonny Simmons) [0:23]
18. Reggae 1 (Sonny Simmons) [1:53] ***
19. Reggae 2 (Sonny Simmons) [2:44] ****
20. Reggae 3 (Sonny Simmons) [2:31]
21. Honkin’ (Sonny Simmons) [0:27]
22. Rock’n Roll (Sonny Simmons) [1:57]
23. Ballad (Sonny Simmons) [1:49]
24. The Word Funky (Sonny Simmons) [0:37]
25. Funk 1 (Sonny Simmons) [3:20]
26. Funk 2 (Sonny Simmons) [2:14]
27. Funk 3 (Sonny Simmons) [2:56]
28. Jefferson Airplane (Sonny Simmons) [0:40]
29. Hard 1 (Sonny Simmons) [1:23]
30. Hard 2 (Sonny Simmons) [1:39]
31. Hard 3 (Sonny Simmons) [1:39]
32. A Way Of Life (Sonny Simmons) [0:25]
33. Jazz 1 (Sonny Simmons) [1:35]
34. Jazz 2 (Sonny Simmons) [1:26]
35. Jazz 3 (Sonny Simmons) [2:56]
36. Jazz 4 (Sonny Simmons) [1:09]
37. Jazz 5 (Sonny Simmons) [1:38]
38. House Cats (Sonny Simmons) [0:18]
39. House 1 (Sonny Simmons) [1:17] *****
40. House 2 (Sonny Simmons) [1:59]
41. Acid Jazz (Sonny Simmons) [0:18]
42. Acid (Sonny Simmons) [3:24]
43. 1kHz Tone @ Digital 0 [0:19]

Sonny Simmons : spoken introductions (#1, 4, 9, 13, 17, 21, 24, 28, 32, 38, 41), alto saxophone

producer : Al Douglas

97.12.12

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : Filmworks

December 12, 1997
Studios de la Seine, Paris, France

1. Too Late For Tears (Sonny Simmons) [3:37] {1}
2. Improvisation (Gilbert Sigrist) [4:50] {unissued}
3. Blue Sapphire (Sonny Simmons) [5:10 ; 4:33 **] {1}
4. Aborigine Dance In Scotland (Sonny Simmons) [8:45 ; 4:24 **] {1}

Sonny Simmons : tenor saxophone
Gilbert Sigrist : piano

producer : François Lunel

99.05.07

SONNY SIMMONS/BRANDON EVANS/KEVIN NORTON

Sonny Simmons, Brandon Evans, Kevin Norton : Universal Prayer/Survival Skills     Sonny Simmons, Brandon Evans, Kevin Norton : Universal Prayer/Survival Skills

May 7, 1999
Baby Monster Studios, NYC, USA

1. Dolphy’ning (Sonny Simmons) [9:19] {1,2}
2. Dolphy'ning - alternate take (Sonny Simmons) [6:16] {2}
3. Survival Skills (Brandon Evans) [12:59] {1,2}
4. Universal Prayer (Sonny Simmons) [14:49] {1,2}
5. San Francisco Exiles (Brandon Evans) [4:24] {1,2}
6. Elliptical Axis / 8 (Brandon Evans) [6:52] {1,2}
7. Piranha Blues (Sonny Simmons) [8:13] {1,2}
8. Piranha Blues - alternate take (Sonny Simmons) [3:05] {2}

Sonny Simmons : alto and tenor saxophones, bells
Brandon Evans : c-soprano and tenor saxophones, bass and contra-alto clarinet, bells
Kevin Norton : drums, percussions, bells

producer : Steve Levin

99.09.23

SONNY SIMMONS/ROBERT STEWART

Dr. Robert Stewart & Sonny Simmons : Happy Birthday Trane

September 23, 1999
Live at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA

1. A Love Supreme - Acknowledgement (John Coltrane) [15:32]
2. Impressions (John Coltrane) [20:18]
3. Equinox (John Coltrane) [22:30]
4. Musician Introduction [0:48]
5. In A Sentimental Mood (Manny Kurtz/Duke Ellington/Irving Mills) [11:38]
6. Short Sermon (Sonny Simmons) [2:33]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Dr. Robert Stewart : tenor saxophone
Ark Sano : piano
Jeff Littleton : bass
Don Littleton : drums

producer : Dr. Robert Stewart

 

 

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