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As part of the 1970s New York Free Jazz scene, saxophonist Alan Braufman and friends took over a SoHo building where they lived, recorded and performed. One of these performances resulted in Braufman’s first album, 1975’s Valley of Search (reissued in 2018). Forty-five years after his debut, Braufman returns with the follow-up The Fire Still Burn...

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Title Artist Album Duration
Andrew Hill Point of Departure 00:09:44

Richard Davis, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Kenny Dorham, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Hill, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Dolphy, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Henderson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Williams, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 Blue Note Records

Ghosts: Second Variation
Albert Ayler Spiritual Unity 50th Anniversary Expanded Edition 00:10:03

Albert Ayler, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Syndicore (BMI), MusicPublisher

2014 ESP Disk 2014 ESP-Disk' Ltd.

A Love Supreme, Pt. II - Resolution (Album Version)
John Coltrane A Love Supreme 00:07:17

John Coltrane, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Garrison, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - McCoy Tyner, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Douglas, Producer - Bob Thiele, Producer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Complete Communion: Complete Communion/And Now/Golden Heart/Remembrance (Remastered)
Don Cherry Complete Communion 00:20:40

Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Gato Barbieri, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Don Cherry, Composer, Cornet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ed Blackwell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Henry Grimes, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2000 Blue Note Records

Update Five (Live At Porgy & Bess, Vienna / 2013)
Michael Mantler The Jazz Composer's Orchestra - Update 00:05:02

Gerard De Haro, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernie Mallinger, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Wolfgang Puschnig, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Mantler, Composer, Producer, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Sokal, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Bjarne Roupé, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Christoph Cech, Conductor - David Helbock, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Fabian Rucker, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Clemens Salesny, Soprano Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Aneel Soomary, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Herbert, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Lukas Knöfler, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tibor Kövesdi, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Christoph Walder, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Asja Valcic, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Cynthia Liao, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Nicolas Baillard, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Ohrwalder, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Florian HEIGL, Bass Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Balasch, Soprano Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Kronreif, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Florian Fennes, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Hans Peter Manser, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Nickel, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Rindberger, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - Manuel Mayr, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ingmar Jenner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2014 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Manhattan Cry
Don Cherry Symphony For Improvisers 00:19:17

Michael Cuscuna, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Don Cherry, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2005 Blue Note Records ℗ 2005 Blue Note Records

The Tony Williams Lifetime Emergency! 00:08:50

A. Hall, ComposerLyricist - The Tony Williams Lifetime, MainArtist

℗ 1969 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Home Computer (2009 Remaster)
Kraftwerk Computer World (2009 Remastered Version) 00:06:20

Karl Bartos, Composer, Drums - Kraftwerk, MainArtist - Florian Schneider, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Produced by, Synthesizer, Electronics, Vocoder - Ralf Hutter, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocals, Produced by, Synthesizer, Electronics, Vocoder, Voices

1987 Elektra Records 2009 Ralf Hütter/Kraftwerk under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Sleep Comes Down (Album Version)
The Psychedelic Furs Forever Now 00:03:51

Donn Adams, Horns - Ann Sheldon, Acoustic Cello - Gary Windo, Horns - John Ashton, Composer - John Ashton, Lyricist - Howard Kaylan, Background Vocal - Vincent Davey, Composer - Vincent Davey, Lyricist - The Psychedelic Furs, Performer - Richard Butler, Composer - Richard Butler, Lyricist - Chris Anderson, Engineer - Duncan Kilburn, Composer - Duncan Kilburn, Lyricist - Timothy Butler, Composer - Timothy Butler, Lyricist - Todd Rundgren, Producer - Roger Morris, Composer - Roger Morris, Lyricist - Mark Volman, Background Vocal

(P) 2002 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Jackie McLean Let Freedom Ring 00:08:31

Rudy Van Gelder, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Jackie McLean, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 1962 Blue Note Records

The Creator Has A Master Plan
Pharoah Sanders Karma 00:32:46

Richard Davis, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Leon Thomas, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Reggie Workman, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Pharoah Sanders, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lonnie Smith, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - WILLIAM HART, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - James Spaulding, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Amos Leontopolis Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Julius Watkins, French Horn, AssociatedPerformer - Nathaniel Bettis, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1969 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Song Of Praise (Live At The Half Note)
John Coltrane One Down, One Up: Live At The Half Note 00:19:38

John Coltrane, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 2005 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

About Playlist

As part of the 1970s New York Free Jazz scene, saxophonist Alan Braufman and friends took over a SoHo building where they lived, recorded and performed. One of these performances resulted in Braufman’s first album, 1975’s Valley of Search (reissued in 2018). Forty-five years after his debut, Braufman returns with the follow-up The Fire Still Burns. In this exclusive Qobuz playlist, Braufman walks us through a dozen albums that most influenced him, and the making of The Fire Still Burns.

"Andrew Hill's 1964 Blue Note release Point of Departure was such a meaningful album to me not only because of how beautiful it is. It has extra meaning to me as it was the first album I went out and spent my own money on. It therefore, represented a commitment to the music on my behalf. My mom raised me listening to Mingus, Dolphy, Coltrane, etc… I had taken all that in and was now ready to explore on my own. And yes, an absolutely beautiful album!"

"Albert Ayler Spiritual Unity: released as one of the first offerings of ESP-Disk, this album had a huge influence on me. I originally heard some tracks from it while listening to the morning jazz show hosted by Ed Beach on WRVR, the radio station of the Riverside Church. I knew he was having a show devoted to the "new music," a change from his usual, more mainstream jazz. So, I taped it. On first listen, Albert's playing sounded like noise, a bit too far out even for me. But, when I relistened a few days later, it was like a light went off; it wasn't about noise, it was about emotion, love, pain, joy. A breakthrough album, not only advancing the music but, for me personally, as well."

"John Coltrane, A Love Supreme! Nothing needs to be said."

"Don Cherry's Complete Communion was a breakthrough influential album for me. It was 1966 and I was home sick from school. My mom wanted to make me feel better, said she was going out to buy me any record I wanted. I said, thank you!, please make it either Joe Henderson's Inner Urge or Don Cherry. She came home with Complete Communion. Not only was it my first exposure to Gato—I’d never heard the saxophone sound like that!—but, the concept of the music evolving from tune to tune rather than stopping after each tune before beginning the next one became very influential to me; it was about maintaining momentum."

"Jazz Composers Orchestra / Mike Mantler. Mike's beautiful writing surrounding performances by Cecil Taylor, Roswell Rudd, Don Cherry, Pharaoh Sanders! It was a thrill for me to play with Mike and Roswell in the Carla Bley Band a few years later."

"Had to put another Don Cherry album on this list, Symphony For Improvisers. Like Complete Communion, done as a suite; beautiful concept. Plus, not only Gato, but Pharaoh as well!"

"An album with no saxophone: Tony Williams Emergency! With the great Larry Young and John McLaughlin. Some intense music here, even more so when I used to hear this band live at Slugs’—was almost too small a room to hold all that energy!"

"Kraftwerk - Computer World. So different from what I was listening to, such interesting, simple melodies, this album opened my mind up a bit!"

"The Psychedelic Furs - Forever Now. Branching out beyond the jazz world, there were many interesting bands coming out of England in the ‘80s. The Furs were really interesting to me with their minimalistic, very cool melodies. I had the pleasure of playing with them shortly on one of their first American tours."

"Jackie McLean - Let Freedom Ring: So many albums to choose from from Jackie, close your eyes and choose one at random, cannot miss! One of my top three favorite alto players of all time."

“Pharoah Sanders - Karma: I had seen Pharoah play this music live at Slugs' so many times, amazing experiences. Although the recording doesn't quite match the live performances, it’s still a wonderful album—"The Creator Has a Master Plan ❤."

"John Coltrane - Live at the Half Note: Actually, having this album on the list of my most influential albums is interesting as I've never bought the album nor listened to it. Back in the mid '60s, there was a weekly live broadcast from the Half Note on the radio. When I was a kid, I used to tape many of these broadcasts. This is one that I taped. Some of the most beautiful playing I've ever heard showing how Trane could take it up several notches in the live performances with the Quartet. The version of “Song Of Praise” is absolutely amazing here. So, I had actually listened to it hundreds of times before the album was released many years later."

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