Friday, April 28, 2017

A checklist of liner notes written by Amiri Baraka


He wrote poems; he wrote plays; he wrote fiction, jazz criticism, cultural criticism; he drew cartoons. And Amiri Baraka also wrote liner notes. Yesterday on Facebook, the scholar James Smethurst asked whether there is "a good list of the album liner notes that Baraka wrote anywhere?"

The best I could find was the list over at AllMusic, but you have to adjust things in order to generate the list. So, for now, the below incomplete list will have to do.


2014: Wiring – Trio 3 (Oliver Lake, Reggie Workmann, Andrew Cyrille), with Vijay Iyer
2011: Route de Freres – Andrew Cyrille & Haitian Fascination
2009: The Untarnished Dream – Steve Colson
2008: Tribute to the Jazz Masters – Dwight West 
2008: The Impulse! Albums, Vol. 2 – John Coltrane
2005: Mosaic Select – Don Pullen
2005: At Carnegie Hall – Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane
2004: Holy Ghost: Rare & Unissued Recordings (1962-1970) – Albert Ayler
2004: Trios – Miles Davis
2002: Legacy – John Coltrane
2002: Seize the Time! – Nexus
2001: Encounter – Trio 3
2001: Zero Sun No Point: Dedication to Mynona & Sun Ra – Hartmut Geerken 
2000: 35th Reunion – New York Art Quartet
2000: John Davis Plays Blind Tom, The Eighth Wonder – John Davis
2000: River of Life – Jon Jang
1999: Nine to Get Ready – Roscoe Mitchell
1999: An Afternoon in Harlem – Hugh Ragin
1998: Legends of Acid Jazz – Willis “Gator” Jackson
1998: Moving Pictures – Ravi Coltrane
1998: Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969-1974 – Miles Davis
1997: Good to Go, with a tribute to Bu – Andrew Cyrille Trio
1997: Monk’s World – Umberto Petrin
1996: Jail Kunda: Griots of West Africa & Beyond – Foday Musa Suso
1994: Connections – Tyrone Jefferson
1994: Unity – Ernie Watts
1993: Ugly Beauty – Donal Fox
1986: Breakthrough – Don Pullen and George Adams Quartet
1985: Shukuru – Pharoah Sanders
1985: Tomorrow Is Now! – Fred Houn
1981: Freeman & Freeman – Chico Freeman, Von Freeman, et al.
1978: Solo Vibraphone - Jay Hoggard
1978: The Outside Within – Chico Freeman
1968: Orgasm – Alan Shorter
1965: Sonny's Time Now – Sonny Murray, Henry Grimes, Louis Worrell, Albert Ayler, Don Cherry
1965: The New Wave in Jazz – John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, et al.
1964: Four for Trane – Archie Shepp
1964: Live at Birdland – John Coltrane
1963: All Kinds of Blues – Memphis Slim
1963: Sonny is King – Sonny Terry
1962: Grove Street – Larry Young
1962: Groovin’ with Buddy Tate – Buddy Tate
1962: Ladylove – Billie Holiday
1961: Sit Down and Relax with Jimmy Forrest – Jimmy Forrest
1960: Boss Tenor – Gene Ammons
1960: Don’t Got to Strangers – Etta Jones
1960: More Party Time – Arnett Cobb
1960: South Side Soul – John Wright
1959: Bacalao – Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis

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