It is an interesting question how old “free jazz” is. At some point, even a theme and a plan became optional. In the ESP-Disk’ catalog, “Taneous” on the Giuseppi Logan Quartet’s eponymous album sounds like this approach of complete freedom starting from scratch; it was recorded on November 11, 1964. Joe McPhee, in 1967, appeared on Clifford Thornton’s album Freedom and Unity, so his recording career covers 53 of those 56 years, 95% of the approach’s history. Each succeeding decade found another player on this album joining the confraternity: Downs in 1976, Morris in 1983, and Belogenis in 1993. By that method of counting, there are 159 years of collective experience being heard on this album.
Joe McPhee: tenor saxophone
Louie Belogenis: tenor and soprano saxophones
Joe Morris: bass
Charles Downs: drums
All compositions by McPhee, Belogenis, Morris, and Downs.
Recorded on January 11, 2020 by Jim Clouse at Park West Studios, Brooklyn NY
Cover painting: “tree bark & berries (for c.h.) #5,” 2004, by Yuko Otomo
Design & layout by Diana K
Produced by Steve Holtje
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