GERRY EASTMAN – My Real Self (1986)

Williamsburgh Music Center – WMC-3619
U.S., 1986

A1 My Real Self
A2 Joy Dance
B1 Roma'in Around
B2 Chipo's Song

Gerry Eastman – bass, guitar
Joe Ford – also sax, soprano sax
Zane Massy – tenor sax
Robin Eubanks – trombone
Marsha Frazier – piano, flute
Sumi Tonooka – piano
Newman Baker – drums
Nasar Abadey – drums

RICKEY KELLY – My Kind Of Music (1979)

Los Angeles Phonograph Records – LAPR-1006
US, 1979

A1 The Ark
A2 The Masai
A3 Dream Dance
B1 Belize
B2 As You Are
B3 Danakil Warrior

Rickey Kelly – vibraphone, marimba
Charles Owens – tenor sax, soprano sax
Adele Sebastian – flute
Dwight Dickerson – piano
Kevin Johnson – guitar
Tony Dumas – bass
Billy Higgins – drums
Ray Armado – percussion
Diane Reeves – vocals

ELLEN MAY SHASHOYAN – Song For My Father (1989)

New Ark Records – NYEM 001
US, 1989

A1 Song For My Father
B1 Birth of a Flower

Ellen May Shashoyan – vocal, piano, zils
Wally Richardson – guitar
Reggie Workman – bass
Joe Marshall – drums
Bilal Abdurahman – darabuka, tambourine
Harold Minerva – alto sax
Zane Paul – alto sax
Harold Vic – tenor sax
Ricky Ford – tenor sax
Heywood Henry – bass clarinet

Ellen May Shashoyan – vocal, piano
Wally Richardson – guitar
Reggie Workman – bass
Joe Marshall – drums
Harold Minerve – alto sax
Norris Turney – alto sax
Frank Wes – tenor sax
Babe Clark – tenor sax
Zane Paul – bass clarinet

You can find Ellen May Shashoyan listed on the credits for various vocal versions of Song For My Father, but oddly it seems impossible to find a recording of her own prior to this release—30 years after Leon Thomas sang Shashoyan's lyrics for the first time.  Seems she definitely had some respect around the New York scene though, some heavy duty sidemen backing her here. Had this one on repeat for awhile, deep hypnotic & spiritual.


Williamsburgh Music Center Inc. – WMC-3098
US, 1984

A1 Spear It Chew All
A2 Waltz For My Love
A3 I Got It Bad
B1 Life
B2 The Loved Ones

Armen Boyajian – violin
Jason Hwong – violin, viola
Eileen Folson – cello
Gerry Eastman – electric and acoustic bass, guitar
Marsha Frazier – piano
Joe Ford – alto and soprano sax
John Abrams – tenor sax
Reynold Scott – baritone sax, flute
Khaliq Al-Rouf – tenor sax, flute
Longineu Parsons – trumpet
Ambrose Jackson – trumpet
Mack Rucks – trumpet
Mike Guerrier – trombone
John Betsch – drums (A2 only)
Newman Baker – drums
Jessica Cleaves – vocals

Produced by Williamsburgh Music Center, Inc.

Privately released orchestra jazz album from the Williamsburgh Music Center in Brooklyn, headed by Gerry Eastman and Joe Ford who both recorded on Birthright's Breath of Life.  With other personnel including Longineu Parsons on trumpet, Khaliq Al-Rouf of The Ensemble Al-Salaam on sax and flute, and John Betsch on drums, it is no wonder this album is full of forward thinking modal/spiritual jazz, but it is the addition of the string section that makes this one sound remarkably like a lost Tapscott led Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra recording.  This one is not to miss!

SHIGEHARU MUKAI – Spacing Out (1978)

Better Days – YX-7582-ND
Japan, 1978

A1 Dawn ~ Turbulence
A2 Just Smile
B1 Cumulonimbus
B2 Focus Express
B3 Spacing Out

All tracks written by Shigeharu Mukai

Shigeharu Mukai – trombone
Yasuaki Shimizu – tenor sax, soprano sax
Kazumi Watanabe – guitar
Kazuhide Motooka – piano, electric piano
Toshiyuki Daitoku – clavinet
Tamio Kawabata – bass
Ryojiroh Furusawa – drums
Tatsuji Yokoyama – congas

MICHEL ROQUES TRIO – Safari (1969)

Homere – HO 5004
France, 1969

A1 Le coup de l'Etrier
A2 Cuba Libre
A3 Avec Nostalgie
B1 Ricardo
B2 Les loges du T.P.F.
B3 Safari

Michel Roques – tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, quena (Peruvian flute)
Benoit Charvet – bass
Franco Manzecchi – drums