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Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud – Miles Davis (Bande original du film)

I saw the film in Paris, sixty odd years ago. I was transfixed by the raw, pure, mournful intensity of this soundtrack.

Charles Mingus – Pithecanthropus Erectus

The evocation of the warm bustle of life ‘out there’ (where?) expanded my whole mental landscape.

Charles Mingus – Tijuana Moods

Was this a taste of the the ‘out there ‘ I was searching for?

Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus

Sonny Rollins is STILL AT IT. The title of this record is well deserved: this is virtuosic sustained inventiveness.

Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers – Moanin’

Sharply dressed jazz with such deep, soulful roots…