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Simmons, Sonny: Staying on the Watch (ESP-Disk)

Sonny Simmon's ESP debut from 1966 in a quintet with trumpeter/wife Barbara Donald, bassist Teddy Smith, John Hicks in his NY debut, and drummer Marvin Pattillo.

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product information:

UPC: 825481010306

Label: ESP-Disk
Catalog ID: ESPDISK 1030CD
Squidco Product Code: 12943

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded on August 30, 1966 by Richard L. Alderson. Originally released in 1966 on the ESP label.


Sonny Simmons-alto sax

Barbara Donald-trumpet

John Hicks-piano

Teddy Smith-bass

Marvin Pattillo-percussion

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track listing:

1. Metamorphosis 11:52

2. A Distant Voice 7:34

3. City Of David 15:22

4. Interplanetary Travelers 9:35
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Improvised Music
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Quintet Recordings

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"The noted west coast composer made his ESP debut accompanied by his then wife, Barbara Donald, on trumpet, Teddy Smith on bass, John Hicks on piano and Marvin Pattillo on percussion. Recorded August 1966, Staying on the Watch is an important infusion of straight-ahead and avant jazz. Barbara Donald is a superb trumpeter who has made a strident contribution to the legacy of women performers and has been widely written about. Also, pianist John Hicks, who makes his New York debut on the record, went on to become one of the most prolific pianists in jazz."-ESP

"Altoist Sonny Simmons' debut as a leader is a typically stimulating and dense ESP blowout. Performing in a quintet with trumpeter Barbara Donald, the up-and-coming pianist John Hicks, bassist Teddy Smith and drummer Marvin Pattillo, Simmons stretches out on four colorful and mostly free-form originals. The intense set (which has been reissued on CD) still sounds quite advanced over three decades later."-Scott Yanow, All Music

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