14 January 2018

DON HECKMAN - ED SUMMERLIN IMPROVISATIONAL WORKSHOP "JAX OR BETTOR" (JAZZWORKSHOP, 1965/66]


The leaders of this album were completely unknown to me before I discovered this LP.
Of course the musicians in the rhythm-section are not totally unknown...
Interesting to see the trombonist Bob Norden playing on this mid-sixties recording.
Norden also plays a.o. on Bobby Bradford's and John Stevens' collaboration which was released by Chuck Nessa in 1980.



Don Heckman, alto saxophone
Ed Summerlin, tenor saxophone
Lew Gluckin, trumpet
Bob Norden, trombone
Steve Kuhn, piano
Ron Carter, bass (A1 to B1)
Steve Swallow, bass (B2)
Joe Hunt, drums (A1 to B1)
Joe Cocuzzo, drums (B2)
Lisa Zanda, voice (B2)



A1. Jax or Bettor (Heckman) 10:03
A2. Leisure No. 5 (Summerlin) 6:43
B1. Dialogue (Summerlin) 9:35
B2. Five Haikus (Heckman) 6:36


Tracks A1 to B1: Recorded March, 31 1966 in New York City
Track B2: Recorded September 3, 1965 in New York City


Jazzworkshop JLP 7009 (UK, 1968 - mono)
Originally released in 1967 on Ictus Records (not Andrea Centazzo's label!) Ictus 101 (US - mono)

19 comments:

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

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rev.b said...

How did I not know about this album? Thanks Ernst for brining me up to speed.

Bill said...

nice one ernst, danke!

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!...

Clifford Allen said...

Cool -- I have the Ictus pressing, but have never seen this release variant.

Heckman was a writer and critic, while Summerlin was involved with composing along religious themes and also taught.

This group was also part of the October Revolution in Jazz curated by Bill Dixon in 1964.

wightdj said...

Cool, thanks.

Paul Woods said...

Nice one - remember Don Heckman's clarinet playing on Blood Sweat & Tears 4

Solomon said...

Thank you!

Ben Ticehurst said...

Thank-you

rebf942 said...

Failed to get this when it first came out - many thanks for this opportunity to listen to it.

correct silence said...

Thanks for the offer Ernst, this lp is new to me. Thanks also Clifford for the informations, listening to the music I'm not surprised to learn that the shadow of Bill Dixon is behind this group. In fact I appreciate this short but very interesting period of the avant garde when the musicians were working on the structures of the music more than on the fact to express some energy. I mean for exemple the difference between "Meditation" by Coltrane and "Evolution" by Grachan Moncur III One is working on the expression while the other one is working on the structure of the track. Interesting distant conversation between the end of the composition and the evolution of it. The rhythmic approach of the first track of this lp is a perfect exemple of what I mean.

Wallofsound said...

Ta

Bill said...

Many thanks, Ernst!

softnucleus said...

Thanks a lot!

agmosk said...

Great post! I never saw this one! Thanks, Ernst!

Bhowani said...

Thank you, Ernst, thank you !!

Luc Mosley said...

Thanks!

aclev said...

A little more... Summerlin did indeed have a long career as a revered music educator, and never stopped composing. He lived somewhat north of the NYC scene in Pleasant Valley, NY, outside of Poughkeepsie. As he was about to turn 70 he decided he'd get around to documenting some of this on record, and in the late '90s got off Ictus 102,103 & 104. The revelation was that at 70 years old his stuff sounded more modern than cats half his age. Bob Norden is on 2 of the 3, as well as Joe Chambers, Adam Nussbaum, Tony Marino, Bruce Ahrens and my friends bassist Charlie Kniceley (who is an electric bass monster), drummer Chris Starpoli, and the incredible late altoist Ron Finck, who will no doubt be anoter revelation. About to rip these discs for a contribution. I saw the Summerlin-Norden quartet live a bunch of times in my younger days, since they were playing out off and on. Incredible charts, needles to say.

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

Thanks very much Aclev, for the background.