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01.01.00

SONNY SIMMONS
SONNY SIMMONS/BRANDON EVANS

Sonny Simmons : Tales Of The Ancient East     Sonny Simmons and Brandon Evans : A Salute To Ustad Bismillah Khan      Sonny Simmons : Tales Of The Ancien East/For Ustad Bismillah Khan

January 2001
Parallactic Studio, NYC, USA
(except #1 : Prince Studios, NYC, USA)

1. Ensemble Colors (Sonny Simmons) [15:21] {1,3}
2. Rejoice (Sonny Simmons) [2:35] {2,3}
3. Flower Boat (Sonny Simmons) [9:34] {2,3}
4. Evil Eye (Sonny Simmons) [6:18] {2,3}
5. The Ruby (Sonny Simmons) [16:22] {1,3}
6. Fire Heart (Sonny Simmons) [4:50] {2,3}
7. Purple Dancers (Sonny Simmons) [8:22] {2,3}

Sonny Simmons : English horn, vocals
Brandon Evans : flute (#1), shenai (#2), harmonium (#3, 5), bass clarinet (#4), sopranino clarinet (#6), contra-alto clarinet (#7)
Brian Glick : bass clarinet (#1, 4, 6)
Rosie Shakarian : Korg synthesiser (#1, 6)

producer : Brandon Evans

 

01.02.20

THE COSMOSAMATICS

The Cosmosamatics

February 20, 2001
The Cutting Room, NYC, USA

1. Quasar (Michael Marcus) [12:25]
2. Mingus Mangus (Sonny Simmons) [7:53]
3. Near (Michael Marcus) [9:54]
4. Beyond The Inner East (Sonny Simmons) [8:03]
5. New Line Groove (Sonny Simmons) [11:15]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone, English horn
Michael Marcus : straight tenor and straight alto saxophones, bass flute
James Carter : bass saxophone (#2, 5)
Karen Borca : bassoon (#4)
Samir Chatterjee : tablas (#4)
William Parker : bass
Jay Rosen : drums

producer : Michael Marcus

 

01.05.25

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : Live At Knitting Factory

May 25, 2001
Live at the Knitting Factory (6th Vision Festival), NYC, USA

1. Announcement (Steve Dalachinsky) [0:55]
2. Cosmic - Ship (Sonny Simmons) [15:27]
3. Rev. Church (Sonny Simmons) [13:29]
4. Pas Bon (Sonny Simmons) [3:14]
5. New Groove Mode (Sonny Simmons) [6:03]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone, voice
Cameron Brown : bass
Ronnie Burrage : drums

producer : Jan Ström

 

01.07(?).00

TCHANGODEI

Tchangodei featuring Sunny Murray and Sonny Simmons : Perfekte Leere -> Liebe

July 2001 (?) *
Lyon, France

1. Perfekte Leere -> LIEBE (Tchangodei) [12:08]
2. Leere (Tchangodei) [9:06]
3. Wenn Mozart lebte were er jazz Pianist (Tchangodei) [7:48]
4. Effet Lumière (Tchangodei) [9:43]
5. Une Fleur a besoin d’être aimée (Tchangodei) [7:25]

Tchangodei : piano
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Sunny Murray: drums

 

01.07.27-28

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons : Mixolydis

July 27 & 28, 2001
Studio Sysmo, Paris, France

1. Echoes Of Eric Dolphy (Sonny Simmons) [5:21]
2. Mixolydis (Sonny Simmons) [8:04]
3. The Lady From Trinidad * (Sonny Simmons) [8:14]
4. Benedictina (Sonny Simmons) [6:00]
5. Reverend Church ** (Sonny Simmons) [8:21]
6. Blues In The Pocket (John Hicks) [5:37]
7. The Voodoo Stomp (Sonny Simmons) [8:08]
8. The Promise (John Coltrane) [9:00]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone, English horn
Eddie Henderson : trumpet
John Hicks : piano
Curtis Lundy : bass
Victor Lewis : drums

producer : Gérard Terronès

 

01.08.10, 01.08.27

THE COSMOSAMATICS

The Cosmosamatics II

August 10 & 27, 2001
Sorcerer Sound Studios, NYC, USA

1. Fusionanatomy (Michael Marcus) [13:33]
2. Daughters Of Isis (Sonny Simmons) [9:11]
3. Echoes Of Eric Dolphy (Sonny Simmons) [11:33]
4. Queen Bee (Michael Marcus) [8:55]
5. Rio Bahia (Sonny Simmons) [6:20]
6. Cosmic Curtis (Curtis Lundy/Sonny Simmons) [13:13]

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

producer : Michael Marcus

 

01.10.17

SONNY SIMMONS

Live At Rive De Gier

October 17, 2001
Live at Rhino Jazz Festival, Rive De Gier, France

1. Title X (Sonny Simmons) / Music Matador (Sonny Simmons) [39:10]

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone

 

02.01.29, 02.02.12

THE COSMOSAMATICS

Cosmosamatics Three

January 29 & February 12, 2002
6/8 Studio, NYC, USA

1. Futura (Michael Marcus) [5:16]
2. Tonal Magnitudes (Sonny Simmons) [9:26]
3. Cool Burn (Michael Marcus) [8:24]
4. Bring On The Funk (Sonny Simmons) [4:55]

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

producer : Michael Marcus

 

02.04.00

SONNY SIMMONS/BRANDON EVANS

Sonny Simmons and Brandon Evans : Duo 2002

April 2002
Parallactic Recordings Headquarters, Chelsea, NYC, USA

1. My Favorite Things (Richard Rodgers/Oliver Hammerstein II) [6:01]
2. Dirge (Sonny Simmons/Brandon Evans) [5:30]
3. C’est la vie, Géraldine (take 1) (Sonny Simmons) [6:50]
4. Ghost Town (Sonny Simmons/Brandon Evans) [1:49]
5. West 23 (Sonny Simmons/Brandon Evans) [7:36]
6. To Ward Off The Destruction Of The Universe (Brandon Evans) [6:04]
7. Revisit The Thought (Sonny Simmons/Brandon Evans) [9:33]
8. Codes (Sonny Simmons/Brandon Evans) [6:22]
9. C’est la vie, Géraldine (take 2) (Sonny Simmons) [5:42]
10. (unknown title) [9:11]

Sonny Simmons : soprano, alto and tenor saxophones
Brandon Evans : soprano, c-melody and tenor saxophones

producer : Brandon Evans

 

02.08.06

RENEGADE SOCIETY

Renegade Society New York 2002     Renegade Society : La Société de Renégat

August 6, 2002
One Soul Studio, NYC, USA

1. Renegade NYC 1 (Sonny Simmons/Brandon Evans) [22:57] {1} **
2. Renegade NYC 2 (Sonny Simmons/Brandon Evans) [14:21] {1}
3. Renegade NYC 3 (Sonny Simmons/Brandon Evans) [16:50] {1,3} ***
4. Verre Brisé (Brandon Evans) [5:44] {2,3}
5. Exil Global (Sonny Simmons) [13:13] {2,3}

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Brandon Evans : bass clarinet, tenor and c-soprano saxophones
Andrew Vida : tenor saxophone (#4-5)
Clayton Thomas : bass
Andrew Barker : drums

producer : Brandon Evans

 

02.08.12

BAY AREA ALL STARS!

Bay Area All Stars! "Now's The Time" (NotTwo, 2014)     

August 12, 2002
Oakland, CA, USA

1. Now's The Time (Charlie Parker)

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone
Bishop Norman Williams : alto saxophone
Vince Wallace : tenor saxophone
Michael Marcus : saxello
Gary Strauss : trumpet
John Handy III : alto saxophone
B.J. Papa : piano
Tarus Mateen : bass
Larry Hancock : drums

producer : Marek Winiarski

 

03.01.25

SONNY SIMMONS

Sonny Simmons solo : Out Into The Andromeda

January 25, 2003
NYC, USA

1. (unknown title) (Sonny Simmons) [21:58] {1,2}
2. (unknown title) (Sonny Simmons) [17:25] {1,2}
3. (unknown title) (Sonny Simmons) [25:34] {1,2}
4. M31 (Sonny Simmons) [19:21] {3} ***

Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone

producer : Brandon Evans

 

03.02.08

ANTHONY BRAXTON/SONNY SIMMONS/BRANDON EVANS SEXTET

Anthony Braxton, Sonny Simmons, Brandon Evans, Andre Vida, Shanir Blumenkranz, Mike Pride vol.1     Anthony Braxton, Sonny Simmons, Brandon Evans, Andre Vida, Shanir Blumenkranz, Mike Pride vol.2

February 8, 2003
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, USA

1. Comp. 313 (Anthony Braxton) [12:47]
2. Tenth Precinct (Brandon Evans) [13:12]
3. Tales Of The Ancient East ** (Sonny Simmons) [12:56]
4. 508M (+ Comp. 136) *** (Anthony Braxton) [17:10]
5. Driggs Drag (Brandon Evans) [28:29]
6. Echoes Of Dolphy **** (Sonny Simmons) [6:36]
7. Ballade (Anthony Braxton/Sonny Simmons/Brandon Evans/Andre Vida/Shanir Blumenkranz/Mike Pride) [4:30]
8. The Sepulchur ***** (Sonny Simmons) [12:15]

Anthony Braxton : alto and soprano saxophones
Sonny Simmons : alto saxophone, English horn
Brandon Evans : soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet
Andre Vida : baritone saxophone (#2-8), arranger
Shanir Blumenkranz : bass, oud
Mike Pride : drums, percussion, glockenspiel

producers : Brandon Evans and Benke Davis

 

03.03.07

THE COSMOSAMATICS

Cosmosamatics Three, Boxholder BHX 041 (CD, USA), 2004 *

March 7, 2003
Live at Amsterdam’s Bimhuis, Holland

1. 12 Seasons Of Love (Michael Marcus) [4:31]
2. Avant Garde Destruct (Sonny Simmons) [7:53]
3. ‘Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk) [6:05]
4. Requiem For Anne Frank (Michael Marcus) [6:37]

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

producer: Michael Marcus

 

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