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Sonny Simmons - Manhattan Egos

CAT. #: 483

Price: $15.00

CD 483

Sonny Simmons is one of the greats on the avant garde or free jazz scene and has recently made a come-back after a 20 year hiatus due to family and economic problems. This is a re-issue of a 1969 session which Will Smith in the January 1970 issue of “Jazz & Pop” called: “this, his finest album ... Sonny's conception ... is a mixture of blowtorch fire and embracing lyricism, an amalgam of old and new.” In the 3rd edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz (1998) this album is given top rating of five stars!
To this superb album we have added a previously unreleased concert from 1970 where Sonny Simmons teamed up with violinist Michael White of John Handy Quintet fame backed by San Francisco drummer supreme, Eddie Marshall and bassist Kenny Jenkins.

1. Coltrane In Paradise
2. The Prober
3. Manhattan Egos
4. Seven Dances Of Salome
5. Visions
6. Beings Of Light
7. Purple Rays
8. Divine Magnet
9. The Beauty Of Ibis

Listen here to an interview with Sonny Simmons and Barbara Donald.

See a video of Sonny playing live with Michael White and Fredery Harris.



“I was totally unprepared for the depth of feeling and passion displayed here. Manhattan Egos requires a radical change in listening habits to comprehend its message. It's worth the effort, though, as the collection hits its musical mark dead center - the album brims over with passionate playing.”

-John Crossett, SoundStage!