Air: “Sir Simpleton” from New Air: Live at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Black Saint, rec. Jul. 1983, rel. 1984. Pheeroan Aklaff (drums), Fred Hopkins (double bass), Henry Threadgill (flute, alto sax, baritone sax, hubkaphone)
Jazz Doctors: “Spooning” from Intensive Care, Cadillac, rec. 1983, rel. 1984. Billy Bang (violin), Frank Lowe (tenor sax), Rafael Garrett (double bass), Dennis Charles (drums)
Jimmy Lyons Quintet: “Wee Sneezawee” from Wee Sneezawee, Black Saint, rec. Sept. 1983, rel. 1984. Jimmy Lyons (alto sax), Karen Borca (bassoon), Raphe Malik (trumpet), Paul Murphy (drums), William Parker (double bass)
Anthony Braxton Quartet: “Composition No. 115” from Six Compositions (Quartet) 1984, Black Saint, 1984. Anthony Braxton (alto sax, soprano sax, C-melody sax, clarinet, flute), Marilyn Crispell (piano), Gerry Hemingway (drums), John Lindberg (double bass)
Tim Berne: “Clear” from Mutant Variations, Soul Note, 1984. Tim Berne (alto sax), Paul Motian (drums, perc.), Clarence Herb Robertson (pocket trumpet, trumpet, cornet, flügelhorn), Ed Schuller (double bass)
Barre Phillips: “Highway 37” from Call Me When You Get There, ECM, 1984. Barre Phillips (double bass)
Marty Ehrlich: “Hybrid” from The Welcome, Sound Aspects Rec., rec. March 1984, rel. 1984. Marty Ehrlich (alto sax, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute), Pheeroan Aklaff (drums), Anthony Cox (double bass)
Joseph Jarman: “Old Time South Street Dance” from Inheritance, Baybridge Records, 1984. Joseph Jarman (alto sax, tenor sax, flute), Geri Allen (piano, synth.), Fred Hopkins (double bass), Famoudou Don Moye (drums, perc.)
James Blood Ulmer: “Eye Level” from Eye Level 12'', Rough Trade, 1984. James 'Blood' Ulmer (guitar, vocals), Sean Oliver (el. Bass), Bruce Smith (drums), Adrian Sherwood (mixing)
TTT featuring A.R. Penck: “We Met Frank and Butch in Town” from 3 + 2 = XXX, Music Corporation, rec. & rel. 1984. A.R. Penck (drums, artwork), Butch Morris (cornet), Frank Wollny (guitar), Heinz Wollny (bass), Frank Wright (sax, voice)
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NB: There appears to be a couple of small mistakes in the enclosed track notes: where the abbreviation "re." appears, it should instead be "rel.", meaning "released" (as opposed to the year it was recorded). Also, the year of release for the Anthony Braxton record has disappeared, but it should obviously be 1984. The notes that appear here in this post should be correct.
The 1984 Box Set:
Disc 2 - Honk vol. 1
"Honk" is a tongue-in-cheek way of referring to the sound a saxophones may make in a jazz setting. This disc collects compositions from some of my favorite jazz records of 1984, much of it in a post-Loft Jazz, free-swinging, and/or AACM derived style of jazz. There is already a volume 2 ready, to be published at a later date.
Stream Honk vol. 1:
1984 – Honk vol. 1