Ancestor Worship 73: My Favorite Things

Our investigation into the music recorded by John Coltrane for Atlantic Records during 1959-1961 takes us tonight to the first segment of the epic recoridng sessions of October 21, 24 & 26, 1960 that introduced the classic John Coltrane Quartet with McCoy Tyner (piano) and Elvin Jones (drums)—and in this first incarnation, Steve Davis on bass—plus the modern sound of Trane’s soprano saxophone to the world. The songs recorded at tis session are presented in the order in which they were cut in the Atlantic Recording Studios, except for the last cut which was moved up in the chronology for programmatic purposes.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

MY FAVORITE THINGS

ANCESTOR WORSHIP 73

John Sinclair, Fly Agaric 23 Studio, Amsterdam, December 25, 2013 [JSAW-0073]

 

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

John Coltrane Quartet: Village Blues

John Coltrane Quartet: My Favorite Things

John Coltrane Quartet: Central Park West

John Coltrane Quartet: Mr. Syms

John Coltrane Quartet: Exotica (“Untitled Original”)

John Coltrane Quartet: Summertime

John Coltrane Quartet: Body and Soul

John Coltrane Quartet: Everytime We Say Goodbye

 

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

 

John Sinclair Radio Show 736: Santa’s Second Line

Episode 736 is a special rebroadcast of the first part of John Sinclair’s R&B Christmas Special for the year 2000, just now discovered in a showbx full of cassettes and transferred into the digital domain just in time for the 2017 holidays, with timeless R&B and jazz seasonal music by Louis Armstrong, Milton Batiste, the New Birth Brass Band, Louis Prima, Count Basie & His Orchestra with Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra, Jimmy Rushing, Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers, Eartha Kitt, Gladys Bentley, Mabel Scott, Big John Greer, Babs Gonzales, Don Vappie, Wallace Johnson, and James Andrews.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

SANTA’S SECOND LINE

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 736

WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, December 17, 2000 [20-01751]

Little Walter: Juke with John Sinclair Intro

Louis Armstrong: ‘Zat You Santa Claus?

Milton Batiste: Big Fat Santa Is Coming To Town

New Birth Brass Band: Santa’s Second Line

Louis Prima: What Will Santa Claus Say?

Count Basie & His Orchestra & Joe Williams: Good Morning Blues

Ella Fitzgerald: Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney

Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus

Louis Armstrong: The Santa Claus Blues

Count Basie & His Orchestra & Jimmy Rushing: Good Morning Blues

Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers: Dig That Crazy Santa Claus

Eartha Kitt: Santa Baby

Gladys Bentley: Jingle Jangle

Mabel Scott: Boogie Woogie Santa Claus

Big John Greer: We Wanna See Santa Do The Mambo

Babs Gonzales: Bebop Santa Claus

Don Vappie: Too Fat For The Chimney

Wallace Johnson: Christmas Comes But Once A Year

James Andrews: Christmas In New Orleans

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Leni & Sunnny Sinclair

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

 

© 2000, 2017 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

Ancestor Worship 72: The Avant Garde

Our fourth episode investigating the music recorded by John Coltrane for Atlantic Records during 1959-61 completes the album called Coltrane Jazz, recorded November 29 & December 2, 1959 with Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers & Jimmy Cobb, and then moves to the Atlantic album called The Avant Garde with Coltrane on tenor & soprano saxophones, Don Cherry on pocket trumpet, Charlie Haden or Percy Heath on bass, and Edward Blackwell on drums, recorded June 28 & July 8, 1960 and issued on LP several years later, but now found in its entirety in the Atlantic box set called The Heavyweight Champion.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

THE AVANT GARDE

ANCESTOR WORSHIP 72

John Sinclair, Fly Agaric 23 Studio, Amsterdam, December 24, 2013 [JSAW-0072]

 

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

John Coltrane Quartet: My Shining Hour

John Coltrane Quartet: Harmonique

John Coltrane Quartet: Some Other Blues

John Coltrane Quartet: Like Sonny

John Coltrane & Don Cherry: The Blessing

John Coltrane & Don Cherry: Focus on Sanity

John Coltrane & Don Cherry: Cherryco

John Coltrane & Don Cherry: The Invisible

John Coltrane & Don Cherry: Bemsha Swing

 

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

 

John Sinclair Radio Show 735: Freedom Now

Episode 735 marks the annual celebration of the day I was released from Jackson Prison on December 13, 1971 following the John Sinclair Freedom Rally at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor on December 10. I’m still recovering from some physical setbacks here in my studio in the Cass Corridor of Detroit and, as always, looking back on my release from 29 months in prison as the happiest day of my life so far and cherishing the 46 years I’ve spent in relative freedom since—at least free enough to create the things I want to make. But for my music this time I’m going back just over a year to my 75th birthday party at a beautiful country estate outside of Ann Arbor where a lot of people and some very fine musicians got together under a big tent and made some music together: Bettye LaVette, Scott Morgan, Laith al-Saadi, Ms. Samantha Fish, Mr. Larry McCray, and my band, John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars. This was a great celebration for me and I’d like to relive it with you today.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

FREEDOM NOW

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 735

WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, December 3, 2017 [20-0750]

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars: The Screamers with Intro

Bettye LaVette: He Made A Woman Out Of Me with Intro

Scott Morgan: Bare Footin’

Laith al-Saadi: If You Love Me Like You Say

Samantha Fish: Goin’ Down Slow

Larry McCray: I’m A Travelin’ Man

Scott Morgan: Chain Of Fools

John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars: When Will The Blues Leave

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

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Robert Whitall, Dennis Hayes, Mike Boulan & the cats

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

 

© 2017 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

Ancestor Worship 71: Coltrane Jazz

Part 3 of our investigation into the recordngs made by John Coltrane and his Quartet for the Atlantic label during 1959-61, taken from the box set called The Heavyweight Champion, including tonight’s selections from the albums Giant Steps (recorded May 4-5, 1959) and Coltrane Jazz (recorded November 24 & December 2, 1959), with Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers and Arthur Taylor accompanying Traene on the former and Wynton Kelly, Chambers and Jimmy Cobb on the latter. Note: I think I may have mis-filed from another Coltrane album the song in the last set called “While My Lady Sleeps,” but it sounds so good I’m leaving it in!

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

COLTRANE JAZZ

ANCESTOR WORSHIP 71

John Sinclair, Fly Agaric 23 Studio, Amsterdam, December 24, 2013 [JSAW-0071]

 

Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo

John Coltrane Quartet: Giant Steps

John Coltrane Quartet: Cousin Mary

John Coltrane Quartet: Mr. P.C.

John Coltrane Quartet: Countdown

John Coltrane Quartet: Syeeda’s Song Flute

John Coltrane Quartet: Spiral

John Coltrane Quartet: Naima

John Coltrane Quartet: Little Old Lady

John Coltrane Quartet: While My Lady Sleeps

John Coltrane Quartet: Fifth House

John Coltrane Quartet: I’ll Wait and Pray

 

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

 

© 2013, 2017 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

John Sinclair Radio Show 734: Troubled Shoes

Episode 734 is coming from the Detroit headquarters of Radio Free Amsterdam at 55 Peterboro in the Cass Corridor with an opening salvo from the new album by pianists Bob Baldori & Arthur Magliazza, a cut by the Planet D Nonet from their album A Salute To Strayhorn, four more cuts from the brand new album by singer Robert Bradley called Down In The Bend, produced by Tino Gross for Funky D Records, and a series of selections from the great new self-titled Billy Davis album on Jett Plastic Records.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

TROUBLED SHOES

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 734

Cass Corridor, Detroit, November 30, 2017 [20-1749]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology with John Sinclair Intro

Bob Baldori & Arthur Magliazza: Suitcase

Bob Baldori & Arthur Magliazza: Sing Sing Sing

Bob Baldori & Arthur Magliazza: Yancy Strut

Planet D Nonet: I’m Taking Off Goom Bye

Robert Bradley: Down In The Bend

Robert Bradley: Morning Comes The Night

Robert Bradley: Share My Dream

Robert Bradley: God’s Creation

Billy Davis: Going To The Crossroads

Billy Davis: Got A Mind To Ramble

Billy Davis: I Come A-Crawling

Billy Davis: Your One And Only Man

Billy Davis: Troubled Shoes

Billy Davis: Keep On Dreaming

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

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Bob Baldori, Tino Gross, Sunnny & Beyonce Sinclair, and Gary & Jared Koral of Jett Plastic Records

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

 

© 2017 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

John Sinclair Radio Show 733: Crying In The City

Episode 733 is coming from the Detroit headquarters of Radio Free Amsterdam at 55 Peterboro in the Cass Corridor and features an in-depth look at the brand new album by singer Robert Bradley called Down In The Bend, produced by Tino Gross for Funky D Records, plus an initial listen to a rough mix of a cut that features the great North Mississippi guitarist Kenny Brown from my forthcoming Funky D album, selections from Bob Baldori & Arthur Magliazza, Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis from the 1972 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival, the Billy Davis Rhythm Machine, and four unissued cuts by Professor Longhair that I just found on a hand-burnt CD.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

CRYING IN THE CITY

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 733

Cass Corridor, Detroit, November 21, 2017 [20-1748]

 

Little Walter: Juke with John Sinclair Intro

Bob Baldori & Arthur Magliazza: Okemos Breakdown

Marvin Gaye: You’re the Man (Parts 1 & 2)

Miles Davis: Excerpt—1972

Robert Bradley: Weather In Michigan

Robert Bradley: Born Again In Detroit

Robert Bradley: Friday Country Girls

Robert Bradley: Crying In The City

John Sinclair & Kenny Brown: That Old Man

Billy Davis Rhythm Machine: Money Talks

Professor Longhair: In The Dark

Professor Longhair: Longhair’s Way

Professor Longhair: Right Now

Professor Longhair: Fooling Around

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Tino Gross, Leni & Sunnny Sinclair

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

 

© 2017 The John Sinclair Foundation