Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

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1963. Institute for Contemporary Arts, March 28th. Various artists—including William Burroughs, Bryon Gysin, John Esam, New Departures Quartet, The Machine Poets, Daevid Allen, Hugh Hopper, Robert Ellidge (Wyatt).

1965. Sonny's Time Now (Jihad 663; reissued DIW-355) Sunny Murray. Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka features on "Black Art." 1965 New York Art Quartet/Leroi Jones (Fontana STL5521/ESP 1004). Jones/Baraka "Sweet/Dada Nihilismus" only.

1966. Before Night and Day (Argo EAF/ZFA92 EP). Michael Garrick/Jeremy Robson. Recorded 28th May 1965.

1966. Black Marigolds (Argo ZDA88). "Jazz for Five" John Smith/Michael Garrick. Recorded 3rd January 1966.

1968. A Black Mass: A play by Leroi Jones. Accompanied by Sun Ra and the Myth Science Arkestra. Jihad Productions (reissued 2017 Greyscale GSJGZ015CD)

1968. Black and Beautiful ... Soul and Madness (Jihad Productions JIHAD 1001) The Jihad -Amiri Baraka and others. (Reissued 2009 Son Boy Records Sonboy 003CD)

1968. The Sun Steve Lacy with texts by Buckminster Fuller, Lao Tzu, Eugène Guillevic (Recordings from 1967, 1968, 1973 released 2011 EMANEM 5022)

1969. Poetry and Jazz in Concert 250 (Argo ZPR264/265) Michael Garrick/Jeremy Robson. Recorded 22nd June 1969 Queen Elizabeth Hall. (NB. The '250' in the title indicates that this was the 250th Poetry and Jazz in Concert organised by Robson and Garrick between 1961-1969.)

1969. Poem for Malcolm (BYG Records 529.311) Archie Shepp. Title track only. Shepp wrote and performs the poem.

1970. Bradford Arts Festival, February. Graham Collier Music perform Smoke Blackened Walls and Curlews. Words by J. B. Priestley, Ted Hughes, Edward Carpenter, Mrs. Gaskell. (NB. Broadcast BBC Radio 3 July 1971.)

1970. Small Talk at 125th and Lenox Gil Scott-Heron (Flying Dutchman FDS 131)

1970. The Last Poets (Douglas 3) 1971 Listen to the Silence (Concept CR002) George Russell. Music by a group including Jan Garbarek (Saxophones), Bobo Stenson (piano), Jon Christensen (drums), Arild Andersen (bass) plus choir and other musicians. (NB. Russell selected the libretto from various texts to create a work that was highly critical of American foreign policy and its treatment of Native Americans.)

1971. Mr Smith's Apocalypse (Argo ZAGF 1) Michael Garrick with John Smith plus band and choir.

1971. This Madness (Douglas 30583) The Last Poets

1971. Pieces of a Man (Flying Dutchman FD 10143) Gil Scott Heron. "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."

1971 Black Ivory (Perception PLP 18) Wanda Robinson. (Reissued Castle Music CMRCD 084)

1971 Tyger Play with music about the life and work of William Blake. Libretto/script by poet Adrian Mitchell. Music by jazz composer Mike Westbrook. Performed at the National Theatre.

1972. Tyger: A Celebration of William Blake LP of above. (RCA SER-5612) Westbrook has reworked this material throughout his career—The Westbrook Blake: Bright as Fire (1980, Original Records ORA 203), Glad Day: Settings of William Blake (1999, ENJA ENJ-9376 2)

1972. Camden Festival, May 1971. Graham Collier Music perform Wheel of Dreams. Words by Walt Whitman, W. H. Auden, Conrad Aiken. (NB. Broadcast Radio 3)

1972. Free Will (Flying Dutchman FD 10153). Gil Scott Heron "Billy Green is Dead," "Sex Education: Ghetto Style," "No Knock," "The King Alfred Plan."

1972. Chastisement (Blue Thumb BTS39) The Last Poets

1972. Alkebu-Lan -Land Of The Blacks (Live At The East) (Strata-East—SES-1972-4) Mtume Umoja Ensemble—Gary Bartz, Carlos Garnett (sax), Leroy Jenkins (violin), Stanley Cowell (piano), Buster Williams (bass), Billy Hart (drums), Mtume (conga, tonette), Andy Bey, Eddie Micheaux, Joe Lee Wilson (vocals), Weusi Kuumba, Yusef Iman (poetry)

1972. It's Nation Time (Motown B457L). Imamu Amiri Baraka plus various artists including Gary Bartz, Lonnie Smith, Reggie Workman, Idris Muhammad.

1973. Southern Arts Association for the Worthing Festival of Literature, March. Graham Collier Music perform Sea, Sky and Down with poems by Ted Walker and Children of Adam, a setting of Walt Whitman poems from Leaves of Grass in Worthing in March 1973. Actor John Carbery narrates.

1973. Me and a Friend (Perception Records PLP 37) Wanda Robinson. (Reissued Castle Music CMRCD 084)

1974. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Flying Dutchman BDL 1-0613 -compilation) Gil Scott Heron

1974. Celebrations and Solitudes (Strata East SES 7421) Jayne Cortez with Richard Davis (bass). (NB. Cortez was married to Ornette Coleman and is the mother of Denardo Coleman, who was her musical director in her group the Firespitters—see below).

1976. Small Change (Asylum 53050) Tom Waits "Small Change," "Step Right Up," "Pasties and a G String (At the Two O'Clock Club)" only.

1977. Foreign Affairs (Asylum 53068)Tom Waits "Jack & Neal," "Potter's Field" only.

1977. Zeitgeist (EMC 3207)Tony Coe, orchestra with poems of Jill Robin spoken by Mary Thomas

1977. The Day of the Dead (Mosaic GCMD 783/4). Graham Collier Music. Words by novelist Malcolm Lowry from Under the Volcano. (NB. Excerpts broadcast BBC Radio 3 October 1977. Reissued BGO 1028)

1977. Delights of the Garden (Douglas NBLP7051) The Last Poets with Bernard Purdie.

1977. Rebirth Cycle (Third Street Records TSJ 100. Mtume plus various musicians plus Side one "Sais" poet Muktar Mustapha.

1977-1978. White Suit Blues A play with music—libretto/script by poet Adrian Mitchell, music by jazz composer Mike Westbrook. Directed by Richard Eyre at the Old Vic, London.

1978. The Mind of Gil Scott Heron (Arista AL8301) Gil Scott Heron

1979. The Way (hatART Records HH2 RO3) Steve Lacy with text by Lao Tzu. Steve Lacy (soprano), Steve Potts (alto, soprano), Irène Aebi (cello, violin, vocals), Kent Carter (bass), Oliver Johnson (drums). Recorded in Switzerland. (Later Reissued hatOLOGY 2-604)

1980. Unsubmissive Blues (Bola Press BP 8001) Jayne Cortez with Denardo Coleman, Bern Nix (guitar).

1981. Songs (hatART 1985/6) Steve Lacy/Brion Gysin. Steve Lacy (soprano, vocals), Steve Potts (alto, soprano), Bobby Few (piano), Irène Aebi (vocals, violin), Jean-Jacques Avenel (bass), Oliver Johnson (drums). Brion Gysin (voice -tracks 4,6).

1982. There It Is (Bola Press BP8201) Jayne Cortez and the Firespitters. Denardo Coleman, Bern Nix, Charles Moffett Jr. (tenor), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass), Bill Cole (Shenai, flute), Farel Johnson Jr., Abraham Adzinyah (perc).


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