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Pianoless Trios: Sonny Rollins to Ballister

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Sonny Rollins is famous for the pianoless trio. He said the lack of chordal instruments gave him more freedom for soloing. Tonight, a smorgasbord of trios sans pianos. Offering lots of space for soloists and collective interplay. Note: Due to a loose board plug, songs two and three play in mono. The issue was resolved during the Ballister track. Adventures in live broadcasting.


  • Sonny Rollins "A Night in Tunisa" from A Night at the Village Vanguard (Manhattan Records) 0:01:00
  • Sonny Rollins "I'm an Old Cowhand" from Way Out West (Contemporary) 0:08:41
  • Sam Rivers "Ecstasy" from Paragon (Fluid Records) 0:14:34
  • Ballister "Side A" from Low Level Stink (Dropa Disk) 0:20:54
  • Joe McPhee, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang Survival Unit III "Part III" from The Art of Flight: For Alvin Fielder (Astral Spirits) 0:41:50
  • The Thing "Viking" from Mono (The Thing Records) 0:52:34
  • Chicago Underground Trio "Protest" from Slone (Thrill Jockey Records) 1:02:06
  • Frode Gjerstad Tripple "Additives" from No Sugar on Anything (Circulasionetotale) 1:08:45
  • David Murray Trio "Chelsea Bridge" from The Hill (Black Saint) 1:13:43
  • Joe Henderson "Serenity" (Partial) from An Evening with Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Al Foster (Red Records) 1:24:14
  • David S. Ware, William Parker, Warren Smith "Wheel of Live" from Onecept (Rank & File/AUM Fidelity) 1:29:48
  • Brandon Lopez, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey "The Black Bag of Want" from No Es La Playa (Intakt Records) 1:36:21
  • Michael Formanek Drome Trio "What it is" from Were We Where We Were (Circular File Records) 1:42:52
  • Thumbscrew "Emojis Have Consequences" from Never is Enough (Cuneiform Records) 1:49:21

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