MICHEL ROQUES – Impact (1975)

Open – OP 04
France, 1975

A1 Impact
A2 Tabarka
B1 Tune For Nicole
B2 I Want To Talk About You

Michel Roques – tenor sax, soprano sax, flute
Siegfried Kessler – acoustic piano, electric piano
Bernard Tessier – double bass
Bruno De Dieuleveult – drums


Not On Label – ST1001
Canada, 1979

A1 Compassion (Stuart)
A2 Awakening (McFeteridge)
B1 In View (McFeteridge)
B2 Determination (Stuart)

Michael Stuart – tenor sax, soprano sax
Keith Blackley – drums
Steve Wallace – bass
George McFeteridge – piano

Private deep, spiritual jazz out of Toronto from 1979.  You may recognize saxophonist Michael Stuart either from Doug Riley's excellent album Dreams released on PM or the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine, whom he would have been on tour with shortly before cutting this recording.  Anyway, his playing here along with the rest of the musicians is exceptional, moving from soulful to fierce to exploratory. A very highly recommended album that seems to have been largely neglected in the dustbins—until now!  Check out the soaring modal track 'Awakening' below


GLEN HALL – The Book Of The Heart (1979)

Sonora – SA-101
U.S., 1979

A1 Orchid Opening Downwards (Hall)
A2 Kitab Al Qalb (The Book of the Heart) (Hall)
A3 El Borrado (Hall)
A4 For Marianne (M. Schoof)
B1 Blue Seven (S. Rollins)
B2 Iris (W. Shorter)

Glen Hall: tenor sax, soprano sax, bass clarinet, percussion
Joanne Brackeen: piano
Billy Hart: drums, wood block
Cecil McBee: bass
Joshua Breakstone: guitar (B4 only)

Taken as a whole, the music of The Book Of The Heart displays seemingly opposing characte-ristics of my musical self.  But this is only an appearance.  For me, form and freedom, melody and abstraction, are parts of a continuum.  To be able to move back and forth between the apparently contradictory qualities in music – to do so creatively, sensitively, freely, deliberately – to be 'master of the option' is my long-term goals as a musician and a composer.
— Glen Hall


SADAO WATANABE – Pastoral (1969)

CBS/Sony – 23AP 1066
Japan, 1969

A1 Pastoral
A2 Bridge
A3 Tokyo Suite: Sunrise/Sunset
B1 Gary, Outro Samba
B2 Someday In Suburbs
B3 Fandango
B4 Closing Theme From "Kin-Kira-Kin"
B5 Ritmo Sabroso

Sadao Watanabe: tenor sax, soprano sax, flute
Yoshiaki Masuo: guitar
Yoshio Suzuki: fender bass, bass, piano
Fumio Watanabe: drums, percussion
Kazuo Yashiro: electric piano
Hiroshi Matsumoto: vibes
Masahiro Tanaka: flugelhorn
Chiyoshige Matsubara: flugelhorn

all composition and arrangement by Sadao Watanabe

"Pastoral" is Watanabe; it is the putting together of everything he has learned in the past 18 years.  His experiences in jazz, the classics and the blending of sounds and rhythms show him off as the complete musician.  Having been on hand for this most unusual recording session, I can personally attest to Watanabe's virtuosity and inventiveness.  The session was long and arduous because Watanabe is a perfectionist.  He would play and listen, play and listen and then play it all over again.  Sadao doesn't like to think of himself as only a jazzist although he has played with some of the best, both in the United States and Brazil.  His good friends Gary McFarland and Chico Hamilton have had some influence on him, but what he does, he does from somewhere deep inside his soul.  All of the compositions in this album are Watanabe's and it should establish him as one of the best young composers in Japan.  Sitting through this album is an experience.  It is one of the finest recordings my ears have heard in a very long time.  Watanabe inspires; he reaches for the heights; he satisfies the most critical jazz buff while never offending the casual listener.  This is a true test of greatness.
— Elson E. Irwin   Billboard Editor, Tokyo

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