Hey. I listened to that first disc of "Black Jack Pleasanton"! Wow, what a thing! I am going to need time to absorb more of this Sonny Simmons stuff that I just received. It's too bad he's not as widely recorded as say, Braxton, who was the last AG guy that I made a big glut purchase all at once.
Earlier today, Frank Lowe's Loweski, which was recorded at the time of "Black Beings." Quintet; Yowza! Lowe and Jarman really bring the fire on this suite. The violinist was credited as "The Wizard" and this set indicates he was "Raymond Lee Cheng." I'm not sure why everywhere else I read that "The Wizard" on these 1973 ESP Frank Lowe recordings was Leroy Jenkins. This player doesn't sound anything like Jenkins to me; that is not to denigrate what "The Wizard" has provided here...it's different, a bit rougher, than Jenkins. I've got enough Jenkins in my collection, I like to hear a different style on the violin. "The Wizard" lops off a nice solo at the beginning of Part 3 of this suite that sounds like an electric guitar to me. Nice.
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