December 24, 2021 – 6:10 am

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New York 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Ali’s Alley, New York, NY; December 24, 1976. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to carville for sharing the show at Dime.

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Sunny Murray is one of the pioneers of the free jazz style of drumming. He was among the first to forgo the drummer’s traditional role as timekeeper in favor of purely textural playing. After his period with Cecil Taylor’s group, Murray’s influence continued as a core part of Albert Ayler’s trio who recorded Spiritual Unity: “Sunny Murray and Albert Ayler did not merely break through bar lines, they abolished them altogether.” - wikipedia

A pioneer of free-jazz drumming, Sunny Murray first became known from Cecil Taylor’s seminal groups of the early 1960s, which led directly to his tenure as Albert Ayler’s drummer throughout 1964-65, appearing on all of Ayler’s original ESP-Disk’ recordings. At the end of ’65, he made his first record as a leader, Sonny’s Time Now (for the fledgling Jihad label founded by LeRoi Jones, now Amiri Baraka), with Ayler and Don Cherry in the group playing Murray’s compositions. He then led a date for ESP on July 23, 1967, Sunny Murray, where his quintet included bassist Alan Silva, trumpeter Jacques Coursil and alto saxophonists Byard Lancaster and Jack Graham. He often led his own groups after that, and in 1968 went to Paris for a few years. There he recorded various albums under his own name, for BYG and other labels, and played on dates by Archie Shepp, Dave Burrell and François Tusques; he also played the Pan-African festival in Algiers and the festival in Amougies. -

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Track 01. Seven Steps To Heaven 16:05
Track 02. Untitled 9:00
Track 03. Untitled 7:06
Track 04. Untitled 8:56
Track 05. Untitled 4:15
46 mins

Sunny Murray - drums
Byard Lancaster - reeds
Khan Jamal - vibes
Bob Reid? - bass
Dave Burrell? - piano

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  1. 16 Responses to “SUNNY MURRAY - NEW YORK, CHRISTMAS 1976”

  2. He might be my dad, Mom fucked a lot of guys who looked like him.

    With her, no man was “untouchable”, she fucked them all.

    By DD on Dec 24, 2021

  3. Rumor has it Sunny had a Big Un

    By U L E on Dec 24, 2021

  4. Of course

    By U L E on Dec 24, 2021

  5. This darkie was on the large side I heard . He had a hoagie in his pants .

    By ELU on Dec 24, 2021

  6. He did, U, my mom said she could barely get the head in her mouth and she walked bowlegged for two days after he fucked her ass.

    By DD on Dec 24, 2021

  7. Her snatch scarfed it right up though! It had had so many diks in it someone called it the Holland Tunnel Of Hillbilly Hollar.

    By DD on Dec 24, 2021

  8. Excellent, “Free Jazz”, Yoko’s favorite! Sounds just like her singing.

    By Ping Pong Bob on Dec 24, 2021

  9. Since its christmas eve, im gonna hang some ornaments on my shaft and nuts. u-l-e hhh derriere your all welcome to add your own ornaments on my junk

    By swappers on Dec 24, 2021

  10. Thanks!

    Track list
    1.Seven Steps To Heaven
    2.Charred Earth
    3.Tree Tops
    5.Peace(by Chet Baker)

    By andrew on Jan 23, 2022

  11. Track list
    1.Seven Slurps To Heaving
    2.Charo’s Snatch
    3.Penis Tops
    4.Gay For Anal
    5.Piece (by Chester Baker)

    By Fred on Jan 23, 2022

  12. Te ilyen kis vicces gyerek vagy Fred? Ugye?
    Ma reggel láttam valami hozzád hasonlót, de aztán lehúztam a vécén…bazd meg anyád…

    By andrew on Jan 24, 2022

  13. Go back to Mexico andrew!

    By HHH on Jan 24, 2022

  14. Segítő szándékkal írtam. Egy “köszönöm” jól esett volna.
    Csak nem gondoltam hogy itt ilyen ocsmány társalgás folyik.
    Nem szeretem ha hülyének néznek, tudod?
    Egyébként Magyrországon élek…szép napotneked…

    By andrew on Jan 24, 2022

  15. Go back to Mexico Andrew!!

    By HHH on Jan 24, 2022

  16. Segítőg Trump Pussy coward szándékkalf írtam. Egy “köszönöm” jól nesett volnakil.
    Csakoff nem gondoltam hoagy itt ilyen ocsmány társalgás folyik.
    Nem szeretem have hülyének néznek, tudod? Pepé
    Egyébként Magyrországon délek…szép napotneked…Gonzales

    By U L E on Jan 24, 2022

  17. I feel like the time of my life is about over. Therefore, Im getting ready to swing on the gallows pole. swappers, you got some silver, HHH, you got a little gold. What can you bring me my dear friends, keep me from the gallis pole. I couldnt get no silver.I couldnt get no gold. You know we were too damn poor

    By U L E on Jan 25, 2022

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