D:O [Heart] the 80s, Part Two

VIRGIN JUNGLE
James Newton
The African Flower
Blue Note : 1985

JN, flute; Olu Dara, cornet; Arthur Blythe, alto sax; John Blake, violin; Jay Hoggard, vibes; Roland Hanna, piano; Rick Rozie, bass; Billy Hart, drums; Pheeroan AkLaff, talking drum; Anthony Brown, percussion; Milt Grayson, voice.

WARRIORS
Don Pullen
New Beginnings
Blue Note : 1988

DP, piano; Gary Peacock, bass; Tony Williams, drums.

SEASONS
John Carter
Fields
Gramavision : 1988

JC, clarinet; Marty Ehrlich, bass clarinet, flute; Bobby Bradford, cornet; Benny Powell, trombone; Theresa Jenoure, violin, vocals; Don Preston, keyboards; Andrew Cyrille, drums.

Here is the second half of the Village Voice Best Jazz of the 1980s poll; follow this link for part one. Some stats: the album that garnered the most mentions overall was the World Saxophone Quartet’s Revue, with nine separate appearances. Runners-up, with six mentions each, were Eight Bold Souls, and John Carter’s Roots and Folklore (counting mentions of all five volumes, or a single album). The following LPs all got five mentions: David Murray’s Ming; Ornette’s In All Languages; Threadgill’s Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket; and Cecil’s massive In Berlin ’88 box.

The top artist across all lists and albums was by far David Murray, particularly if you factor in the WSQ mentions. Also at the top: Ornette; Braxton; and Threadgill. Shadowing the list — Ellington and Strayhorn. Something about the decade generated a spirit of looking back, or tribute. Among those here who bowed before the Duke were James Newton, Frank Morgan, Jimmy Rowles, MJQ, Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron, and the American Jazz Orchestra (not to mention Mercer Ellington). And of course the WSQ had their own great Ellington disc, even if it didn’t get a nod from those assembled below.

Here’s the rest of this poll:

Village Voice Best Jazz of the 1980s Poll  (Part Two)
August 28, 1990

John Litweiler, The Freedom Principle: Jazz After 1958 (Da Capo)
Anthony Braxton, Composition 113 (Sound Aspects)
Pierre Dorge, New Jungle Orchestra (SteepleChase)
Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman, Song X (Geffen)
Roscoe Mitchell, Snurdy McGurdy and Her Dancing Shoes (Nessa)
Evan Parker, The Snake Decides (Incus)
Leo Smith, Touch the Earth (FMP)
Cecil Taylor, In Berlin ’88 (FMP)
Henry Threadgill, Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket (About Time)
Mal Waldron/Steve Lacy, Snake Out (hat MUSICS)
Edward Wilkerson Jr., Eight Bold Souls (Sessoms)

Graham Lock, Forces in Motion: The Music and Thoughts of Anthony Braxton (Da Capo)
Anthony Braxton, Composition 98 (hat ART)
Anthony Braxton, Six Compositions: Quartet 1981 (Antilles)
Anthony Braxton, Four Compositions: Quartet 1983 (Black Saint)
Anthony Braxton, Six Compositions: Quartet 1984 (Black Saint)
Anthony Braxton, Quartet London 1985 (Leo)
Anthony Braxton, Six Compositions: Quartet (hat ART)*
Marilyn Crispell, Gaia (Leo)
Andrew Hill, Shades (Soul Note)
Red Mitchell/Warne Marsh, Hot House (Storyville)
Leo Smith, Procession of the Great Ancestry (Nessa)

* Graham Lock informs us that this album title, which we’ve reproduced exactly as it’s listed on the original Voice page, was somehow garbled, perhaps in the original editing process, and doesn’t correspond to any Braxton title he is aware of.

John McDonough, The Wall Street Journal
Howard Alden/Dan Barrett, Salute to Buck Clayton (Concord)
The American Jazz Orchestra, Ellington Masterpieces (East West)
The American Jazz Orchestra/Benny Carter, Central City Sketches (MusicMasters)
Count Basie, Mostly Blues (Pablo)
Buck Clayton, A Swinging Dream (Stash)
Panama Francis, The Black and Blue Sessions (Inner City)
Bud Freeman, The Real (Principally Jazz)
Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra, Definitive Thad Jones (MusicMasters)
Modern Jazz Quartet, For Ellington (East West)
Loren Schoenberg, Time Waits for No One (MusicMasters)

Dan Morgenstern, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers
Muhal Richard Abrams, UMO Plays the Music of (UMO)
The American Jazz Orchestra/Benny Carter, Central City Sketches (MusicMasters)
Ruby Braff/Dick Hyman, America the Beautiful (Concord)
Benny Carter, Over the Rainbow (MusicMasters)
Kenny Davern, One Hour Tonight (MusicMasters)
Stan Getz, Anniversary (Emarcy)
Don Joseph, One of a Kind (Uptown)
Mr. Tram Associates, Getting Some Fun out of Life (Audiophile)
Marcus Roberts, The Truth Is Spoken Here (Novus)
Dick Wellstood, After You’ve Gone (Unisson)

Marpessa Dawn Outlaw, The Village Voice
Don Cherry, Art Deco (A&M)
Miles Davis, Tutu (Warners
Fred Houn, We Refuse to Be Used and Abused (Soul Note)
Fred Houn, Tomorrow Is Now! (Soul Note)
Jack DeJohnette, New Directions in Europe (ECM)
OTB, Inside Track (Blue Note)
Courtney Pine, Journey to the Urge Within (Antilles)
Archie Shepp, Little Red Moon (Soul Note)
Cassandra Wilson, Days Aweigh (JMT)
World Saxophone Quartet, Live in Zurich (Black Saint)

Don Palmer, Black Arts Annual
Ornette Coleman, In All Languages (Caravan of Dreams)
Kip Hanrahan, Days and Nights of Blue Luck Inverted (Pangaea)
Ronald Shannon Jackson, Eye on You (About Time)
Frank Lowe, Decision in Paradise (Soul Note)
Ellis Marsalis/Eddie Harris, Homecoming (Spindletop)
Sonny Sharrock, Seize the Rainbow (Enemy)
Henry Threadgill, Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket (About Time)
James Blood Ulmer, Are you Glad to Be in America? (Rough Trade)
Edward Wilkerson Jr., Eight Bold Souls (Sessoms)
World Saxophone Quartet, Revue (Black Saint)

Peter Pullman, Freelance critic
Bobby Bradford/John Carter, Comin’ On (Hat Hut)
Anthony Braxton, Quartet London 1985 (Leo)
Anthony Braxton/Derek Bailey, Momenteux Precieux (Victo)
Jerome Cooper, Outer and Inner Actions (About Time)
Marilyn Crispell, Live in Berlin (Soul Note)
Steve Lacy/Mal Waldron, Sempre Amore (Soul Note)
Roscoe Mitchell, The Flow of Things (Black Saint)
Evan Parker/Steve Lacy, Chirps (FMP)
Cecil Taylor, In Berlin ’88 (FMP)
Edward Wilkerson Jr., Eight Bold Souls (Sessoms)

Doug Ramsey, Jazz Matters: Reflections on the Music and Some of Its Makers (Arkansas)
Chick Corea, Akoustic Band (GRP)
Stan Getz, The Dolphin (Concord)
Tommy Flanagan, Super Session (Inner City)
Jim Hall, These Rooms (Denon)
Joe Henderson, The State of the Tenor, Volumes 1 & 2 (Blue Note)
Dave Holland, Jumpin’ There (ECM)
Wynton Marsalis, J Mood (Columbia)
Zoot Sims, Quietly There (Pablo)
Sphere, Flight Path (Musician)
Phil Woods, Bop Stew (Concord)

Gene Santoro, The Nation
Geri Allen, In the Alley (Minor Music)
Tim Berne, Fulton Street Maul (Columbia)
John Carter, “Roots and Folklore: Episodes in the Development of America Folk Music,” five volumes (Black Saint/Gramavision)
Ornette Coleman, In All Languages (Caravan of Dreams)
Bill Frisell, Look Out for Hope (ECM)
Dave Holland, The Razor’s Edge (ECM)
Paul Motian, Monk in Motian (JMT)
David Murray, Murray’s Steps (Black Saint)
James Newton, The African Flower (Blue Note)
Henry Threadgill, Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket (About Time)

W. Royal Stokes, Jazz Times
George Adams, America (Blue Note)
Art Ensemble of Chicago, Full Force (ECM)
Betty Carter, Look What I Got (Verve)
Dirty Dozen Brass Band, My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now (Concord)
Charlie Haden, Ballad of the Fallen (ECM)
Branford Marsalis, Trio Jeepy (Columbia)
Wynton Marsalis, The Majesty of the Blues (Columbia)
Don Pullen, New Beginnings (Blue Note)
Emily Remler, Transitions (Concord)
James Blood Ulmer, America — Do You Remember the Love? (Blue Note)

John F. Szwed, Yale University
George Adams/Don Pullen, Live at Montmartre (Timeless)
Chet Baker/Warne Marsh, Blues for a Reason (Criss Cross)
Count Basie, Kansas City Shout (Pablo)
Anthony Braxton, Quartet London 1985 (Leo)
Steve Lacy, The Door (Novus)
Dave Liebman, Tribute to John Coltrane (Owl)
London Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, Zurich Concerts (Intakt)
Jimmy Lyons/Andrew Cyrille, Something in Return (Black Saint)
Max Roach/Dizzy Gillespie, Max + Diz: Paris 1989 (A&M)
Cecil Taylor, In Berlin ’88 (FMP)

Greg Tate, The Village Voice
Charlie Haden/Paul Motian/Geri Allen, Etudes (Soul Note)
Ronald Shannon Jackson, Barbeque Dog (Antilles)
Greg Osby, And Sound Theater (JMT)
Power Tools, Strange Meeting (Antilles)
Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Def Jam)
Michele Rosewoman, Quintessence (Enja)
Cecil Taylor, For Olim (Soul Note)
Henry Threadgill, Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket (About Time)
James Blood Ulmer, Are You Glad to Be in America? (Rough Trade)
World Saxophone Quartet, Revue (Black Saint)

Stuart Troup, Newsday
Art Farmer, Something to Live For (Contemporary)
Tommy Flanagan, Thelonica (Enja)
Dave Frishberg, Let’s Eat Home (Concord)
Stan Getz, The Dolphin (Concord)
Tom Harrell, Sail Away (Contemporary)
Woody Herman, Woody’s Gold Star (Concord)
Branford Marsalis, Scenes in the City (Columbia)
Ken Peplowski, Sunny Side (Concord)
Zoot Sims/Joe Pass, Blues for Two (Pablo)
James Williams, Magical Trio (Emarcy)

Peter Watrous, The New York Times
Muhal Richard Abrams, The Hearinga Suite (Black Saint)
Tim Berne, Sanctified Dreams (Columbia)
Ornette Coleman, Virgin Beauty (Portrait)
Jack DeJohnette, Album Album (ECM)
Dave Holland, Triplicate (ECM)
David Murray, Ming (Black Saint)
Ralph Peterson, Triangular (Blue Note)
Marcus Roberts, Deep in the Shed (Novus)
Henry Threadgill, You Know the Number (Novus)
World Saxophone Quartet, Revue (Black Saint)

Erik Wiedemann, Jazz i Danmark (Gyldendal)
Chet Baker, Let’s Get Lost (Novus)
Miles Davis, Aura (Columbia)
Jack DeJohnette, Album Album (ECM)
Stan Getz, Anniversary (Emarcy)
John Hicks/David Murray, Sketches of Tokyo (DIW)
Keith Jarrett, Still Lives (ECM)
David Murray, Ming (Black Saint)
David Murray, Morning Song (Black Saint)
James Newton, The African Flower (Blue Note)
Michel Petrucciani, Power of Three (Blue Note)

Norm Weinstein, East-West Journal
Michael Bisio, In Seattle (Silkheart)
John Carter, Dance of the Love Ghosts (Gramavision)
Pierre Dorge, Brikama (SteepleChase)
The Ganelin Trio, Ttaango…in Nickelsdorf (Leo)
Sheila Jordan, The Crossing (Blackhawk)
Steve Lacy, Futurities (Hat Hut)
David Murray/Randy Weston, The Healers (Black Saint)
Max Roach, Chattahoochee Red (Columbia)
Sonny Rollins, G-Man (Milestone)
Cecil Taylor, In Berlin ’88 (FMP)

Jay Weiser, New York Native
Ahmed Abdullah, And the Solomonic Quintet (Silkheart)
The American Jazz Orchestra/Benny Carter, Central City Sketches (MusicMasters)
Rosemary Clooney, The Music of Johnny Mercer (Concord)
Ella Fitzgerald/Joe Pass, Speak Love (Pablo)
Lee Konitz, Dovetail (Sunnyside)
Lee Konitz, The New York Album (Soul Note)
Kirk Lightsey/Harold Danko, Shorter by Two (Sunnyside)
Frank Morgan, Mood Indigo (Antilles)
Bobby Watson, No Question About It (Blue Note)
James Williams, Magical Trio 2 (Emarcy)

Kevin Whitehead, Fresh Air—NPR
Maarten Altena, Quotl (hat ART)
John Carter, “Roots and Folklore: Episodes in the Development of American Folk Music,” five volumes (Black Saint/Gramavision)
Ornette Coleman, Virgin Beauty (Portrait)
Carlo Actis Dato, Oltremare (Splasc[h])
Andrew Hill, Shades (Soul Note)
Dave Holland, The Razor’s Edge (ECM)
Evan Parker, Six of a Kind (Incus)
Cassandra Wilson, Point of View (JMT)
Edward Wilkerson Jr., Eight Bold Souls (Sessoms)
Kahil El’Zabar/David Murray, Golden Sea (Sound Aspects)

These lists do a remarkable job covering the waterfront of the 1980s jazz scene. But from the comfortable position of hindsight, there are also a few startling omissions. Top of our list would be Sonny Sharrock’s Guitar and Cecil Taylor’s Winged Serpents (Sliding Quadrants). We were also surprised not to see more John Zorn – say, News for Lulu, Spillane, Naked City – and more Anthony Davis – say, Episteme, I’ve Known Rivers, Variations in Dream-Time. Also weirdly M.I.A.: Sam River’s Contrasts and Derek Bailey’s AidaWhat do you miss?

Finally, tune in next week when we’ll conclude our romp through the ’80s with something of a response to Ethan Iverson’s richly rewarding interview (&c.) with Wynton Marsalis.

Category 1980s, Don Pullen, James Newton, John Carter