Sonny Fortune R.I.P

Radio Free Amsterdam would like to pay tribute to the mighty Sonny Fortune, who passed away this week at the tender age of 79.

Fortune played with all the greats, and soared upon some of my own personal favourite albums, including the electric Miles Davis albums “Agarta” and “Get Up With It”.

May the music live on and future generations live to enjoy the music of Sonny Fortune, multi instrumetalist, Sax legend and composer.

Mr. Fortune was known for his mix of urgency and grace, and his stalwart command — not just of the alto saxophone, his primary instrument, but also of the flute, clarinet, and soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones. He made his biggest impact as a sideman with the likes of Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner and Mongo Santamaria.–NYT

Miles Davis- November 8, 1974 Bottom Line Club, New York City, featuring:

Miles Davis: Miles Davis (tpt, org); Sonny Fortune (ss, as, fl); Pete Cosey (g, perc); Reggie Lucas (g); Dominique Gaumont (g); Michael Henderson (el-b); Al Foster (d); Mtume (cga, perc)

A Love Supreme Memorial Concert, featuring:

Mccoy Tyner – piano
Sonny Fortune – tenor sax
Freddie Hubbard – trumpet
Regie Workman – bass
Elvin Jones – drums

John Sinclair Radio Show 776: Afro Blue

Episode 776 is coming from the Detroit studios of Radio Free Amsterdam in the Cass Corridor with music by John Coltrane in celebration of his birth date on this day in 1926, with powerful selections from the Impulse albums Africa/Brass, Coltrane, and Coltrane Live At Birdland.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

AFRO BLUE

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 776

Cass Corridor, Detroit, September 23, 2018 [18533]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

John Coltrane: Africa

John Coltrane Quartet: Out Of This World

John Coltrane: Blues Minor

John Coltrane: Afro Blue

John Coltrane: I Want to Talk About You

Charlie Parker: They Can’t Take That Away From Me

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

Ancestor Worship 70: Giant Steps

We’re continuing our investigation into the music of John Coltrane recorded for Atlantic Records during 1959-61 with a program exploring Trane’s preparations for recording his landmark Giant Steps album as documented in Disc 7 of the Atlantic Records box set The Heavyweight Champion. On April 1, 1959 Trane took Cedar Walton (piano), Paul Chambers (bass), and Lex Humphries (drums) into the Atlantic studios to work on a set of his compositions for the album, but he was evidenty dissatisfied with the results and ended up recorded the Giant Steps album with Tommy Flanagan and Arthur Taylor replacing Walton & Humphries on May 4-5, 1959. The “alternative versions” below are from April 1; the “alternate takes” are from the May sessions.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

GIANT STEPS

ANCESTOR WORSHIP WITH JOHN SINCLAIR 70

John Sinclair, Fly Agaric 23 Studio, Amsterdam, December 25, 2013 [JSAW-0070]

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version) (take 1)

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version) (take 2)

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version) (take 3)

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version) (take 4)

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version) (take 5)

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version) (take 6)

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version) (take 7)

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps (alternate version)

John Coltrane Quartet: Naima (alternate version) (take 1)

John Coltrane Quartet: Naima (alternate version) (take 2)

John Coltrane Quartet: Naima (alternate version) (take 4)

John Coltrane Quartet: Naima (alternate version) (take 5)

John Coltrane Quartet: Naima (alternate version) (take 6)

John Coltrane Quartet: Countdown (alternate take)

John Coltrane Quartet: Syeeda’s Song Flute (alternate take)

John Coltrane Quartet: Cousin Mary (alternate take)

Coltrane Quartet: Like Sonny (alternate version)

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Nick Smith & Steve The Fly

Sponsored by The Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

©  2013, 2017 The John Sinclair Foundation

Ancestor Worship 69: Bags And Trane

 

We’ve got a bg treat for our listners to start off the new year of 2013: A serial investigation of the recorded works of John Coltrane from his signing with Atlantic Records at the beginning of 1959 for an indeterminate number of weks in all but certainly for the full month of January, starting with his first Atlantic release, Bags & Trane, for which he shared billing with vibraphonist Milt Jackson accompanied by Hank Jones on piano, Percy Heath on bass , and drummer Connie Kay, recorded in New York City on January 15, 1959.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

BAGS & TRANE

ANCESTOR WORSHIP WITH JOHN SINCLAIR 69

Fly Agaric 23 Studio, Amsterdam, December 25, 2013 [JSAW-0069]

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

John Coltrane & Milt Jackson: Bags & Trane

John Coltrane & Milt Jackson: Three Little Words

John Coltrane & Milt Jackson: Stairway to the Stars

John Coltrane & Milt Jackson: Be-Bop

John Coltrane & Milt Jackson: Blues Legacy

John Coltrane & Milt Jackson: Centerpiece

John Coltrane & Milt Jackson: The Night We Called It a Day

John Coltrane & Milt Jackson: The Late Late Blues

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded, edited & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Sidney Daniels

Special thanks to Nick Smith & Steve The Fly

Sponsored by The Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

©  2014 The John Sinclair Foundation

Fly By Night 236: Mount Shasta

 

Steve The Fly visits the Motor City all the way from London with this beautiful program of music by Yusef Lateef, Adam Rudolph, Marcus Belgrave, Phil Ranelin, Tribe, and John Sinclair with the Planet D Nonet.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

MOUNT SHASTA

FLY BY NIGHT 236

Steve The Fly, Blackheath Studios, London, June 2, 2014 [SFBN-0066]

Yusef Lateef: Coltrane Remembered
Adam Rudolph: Within Yourself
Yusef Lateef: 1st Movement, The African American Epic Suite
Adam Rudolph & Yusef Lateef: Mount Shasta
Marcus Belgrave: Space Odyssey
Phil Ranelin: Sounds from the village
Tribe: Beneficent
John Sinclair & Planet D Nonet: Chant of the Weed

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Produced by Steve “The Fly” Pratt for Radio Free Amsterdam

Edited & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Ceres Seeds & The Hempshopper, Amsterdam

© 2014, 2017 Steve Pratt. Used with permission.