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Manhattan Egos

Manhattan Egos
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This collection consists of recordings by avant-garde jazz musician Huey “Sonny” Simmons. The first session from 1969 finds Simmons on alto saxophone and English horn paired with trumpeter and future wife Barbara Donald. Their playing style is influenced by the early free-jazz music of saxophonist John Coltrane and trumpeter Donald Ayler. On “Seven Dances of Salome,” Simmons plays English horn, giving the music a Middle Eastern flavor. The second session from 1970 pairs Simmons with jazz violinist Michael White on four numbers. Simmons’ career went into decline in the 1970s, but rebounded in the 1990s.

Track Listing

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Coltrane in Paradise Sonny Simmons 11:46
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102
The Prober Sonny Simmons 9:28
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Manhattan Egos Sonny Simmons 8:22
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Seven Dances of Salome Sonny Simmons 7:02
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Visions Sonny Simmons 6:09
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Beings of Light Sonny Simmons 13:08
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107
Purple Rays Sonny Simmons 12:36
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Divine Magnet Sonny Simmons 3:21
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The Beauty of Ibis Sonny Simmons 6:51
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