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Mark Stryker

George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet

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Gang -- I'm doing prep work for a column about the Adams-Pullen Quartet. I'd like to know how many "official" records the group made. The Lord discography lists 14 recordings (pasted below). However, it looks like two of them -- "Live in Tokyo '84" (Flock) and "Jazzbuhne Berlin '88, Vol. 17" (Repertoire) -- appear to be bootlegged live recordings rather than official releases. Having said that, I think the two early live records on Palcoscenico are legit releases.

Can anyone confirm this reading of the discography for me or tell me if they know of anything that's missing here?

 

 

All That Funk : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d)
  Live "CIAK", Milan, Italy, November 2, 1979
  Dee Arr Palcoscenico (It)PAL-15002
  Alfie             -
  Intentions             -
  Big Alice             -
Don't Lose Control : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : same except George Adams (ts,fl,vcl)
  Milan, Italy, November 2 & 3, 1979
  Autumn song Soul Note (It)SN1004, 121004-2 [CD]
  Don't lose control (ga vcl)          -            -
  Remember          -            -
  Double arc Jake          -            -
  Places and faces          -            -
More Funk : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : same except George Adams (ts,fl,vcl)
  Live "CIAK", Milan, Italy, November 3, 1979
  Metamorphosis for Charles Mingus Palcoscenico (It)PAL-15003
  So nice             -
  God bless the child             -
  Devil blues             -
Earth Beams : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts,fl,vcl) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d)
  Loenen aan de Vecht, The Netherlands, August 3-5, 1980
  Earth beams Timeless (Du)SPJ147, CDSPJ147 [CD]
  Magnetic love field         -            -
  Dionysus         -            -
  Saturday nite in the cosmos         -            -
  More flowers         -            -
  Sophisticated Alice         -            -
Note: Timeless (Du)CDSPJ147 [CD] titled "Earth Beams".
All above titles also on Timeless (Jap)RJL-8100.
Life Line : same pers.
  Loenen aan de Vecht, The Netherlands, August 3-5, 1980
  The great escape, or run John Henry run Timeless (Du)SJP154
  Seriously speaking         -
  Soft seas         -
  Nature's child         -
  Protection         -
  Newcomer, seven years later         -
Note: All above titles also on Timeless (Jap)RJL8061.
  Monster, Holland, March 27 & 28, 1983
  Mingus metamorphosis Timeless (Du)SJP181
  Samba for now (1)         -
  Thank you very much Mr. Monk         -
  Nobody knows the trouble I've seen         -
  City gates         -
Live At The Village Vanguard : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d)
  Live "Village Vanguard", New York, August 19, 1983
  The Necessary Blues [Thank you very much, Mr.Monk] Soul Note (It)SN1094, 121094-2 [CD]
  Solitude          -            -
  Intentions          -            -
  Diane          -            -
Live At The Village Vanguard, Vol.2 : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts,fl) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d)
  Live "Village Vanguard", New York, August 19, 1983
  Saturday night in the Cosmos Soul Note (It)SN1144, 121144-2 [CD]
  City gates          -            -
  The great escape          -            -
  Big Alice          -            -
Decisions : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts,vcl) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d)
  Holland, February 3 & 4, 1984
  Decisions Timeless (Du)SJP205, CDSJP205 [CD]
  Triple over time         -            -
  Trees and grass and thangs         -            -
  Message urgent         -            -
  I could really for you         -            -
  His eye is on the sparrow         -            -
[A766.10]Your CollectionAdd   George Adams
Live In Tokyo 1984 : George Adams-Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts,fl,vcl) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d)
  Live "Ginza Yamaha Hall", Tokyo, Japan
  City gates Flock FLK-32019 [CD]
  Duke Ellington's sound of love      -
  Seriously speaking      -
Note: All above titles also on Flock (Sp)55701 [CD] titled "Live in Tokyo 1984".
Live At Montmartre : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts,fl) Don Pullen (p) John Scofield (el-g) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d)
  Live "Montmartre", Copenhagen, Denmark, April 4 & 5, 1985
  I.J. Timeless (Du)SJP219
  Flame game         -
  Well , I guess we'll never know         -
  Forever lovers         -
  Song everlasting         -
Breakthrough : Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet : George Adams (ts) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d)
  New York, April 30, 1986
  Mr. Smoothie Blue Note BT85122, CDP7-46314-2 [CD]
  Just foolin' around          -         -
  Song from the old country (*)          -         -            , CDP-92474-2 [CD]
  We've been here all the time          -         -
  A time for sobriety          -         -
  The necessary blues  
  [Or thank you very much Mr. Monk]                    -
Note: "The necessary blues" is not listed on the CD brochure but is listed and plays on the CD.
(*) This title also on Blue Note 8-23513-2 [CD] titled "The Best of Don Pullen".
Blue Note CDP-92474-2 [CD] titled "Blue Note 50th anniversary collection Vol. 4"; rest of CD by others.
All above titles also on Mosaic Select MS-013 [CD] titled "Mosaic Select : Don Pullen"; see various flwg sessions to March 23, 1990 for rest of this 3 CD set.
Song Everlasting : Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet : George Adams (ts,fl) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Dannie Richmond (d)
  New York, April 21, 1987
  Sun watchers Blue Note B1-46907, CDP7-46907-2 [CD]
  Serenade to Sariah          -          -
  1529 Gunn Street (For Johnny Holloway)          -          -
  Warm up          -          -
  Sing me a song everlasting (For EBU and Hamiet Bluiett)          -          -   , Blue Note 8-23513-2 [CD]
  Another reason to celebrate                     -
Note: All titles from Blue Note B1-46907 also on Blue Note (Jap)BNJ-91034.
All above titles also on (Jap)CP32-5447 [CD], Mosaic Select MS-013 [CD].
Jazzbuhne Berlin '88, Vol. 17 : George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet : George Adams (ts) Don Pullen (p) Cameron Brown (b) Lewis Nash (d)
  Friedrichstadtpalast, Berlin, June 3, 1988
  Serenade for Sariah Repertoire REP4917-WZ [CD]
  Mr. Smoothie           -
  Thank you, Mr. Monk
Edited by Mark Stryker

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Horo had some stuff.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horo_Records

HZ 03: George Adams / Don Pullen Quintet – Suite for Swingers

hll 101-21 Don Pullen quartet - Jazz a Confronto 21

hll 101-22 George Adams / Pullen / Richmond, etc. quartet

hll 101-25 Dannie Richmond / Adams / Pullen, etc. group

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9 minutes ago, JSngry said:

Horo had some stuff.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horo_Records

HZ 03: George Adams / Don Pullen Quintet – Suite for Swingers

hll 101-21 Don Pullen quartet - Jazz a Confronto 21

hll 101-22 George Adams / Pullen / Richmond, etc. quartet

hll 101-25 Dannie Richmond / Adams / Pullen, etc. group

Aware of the Horo dates, thanks. Those predate the band with Cameron Brown, however, and I'm really focused on the 1979-88 band with Adams, Pullen, Brown, and Richmond. 

Related topic:

Anyone know who Frank Dean is -- the guy listed as co-composer with Pullen of the band's 5/4 anthem "Saturday Nite in the Cosmos?"

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I have all on this list except Live in Tokyo.

I don't know if Jazzbuhne Berlin '88, Vol. 17 is technically a bootleg or not. It is a well recorded concert. Better recorded than the Palcoscenico LPs, as I recall.

There is also a duo release on Timeless. I don't know of any others except the Horo releases.

 

 

 

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15 hours ago, kh1958 said:

I have all on this list except Live in Tokyo.

I don't know if Jazzbuhne Berlin '88, Vol. 17 is technically a bootleg or not. It is a well recorded concert. Better recorded than the Palcoscenico LPs, as I recall.

There is also a duo release on Timeless. I don't know of any others except the Horo releases.

 

 

 

Closing the circle, Cameron Brown confirms that both the Tokyo and Berlin releases are bootlegs.

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I have one other of the Jazzbuhne series-volume 12 led by James Blood Ulmer and features George Adams. A bootleg it may be but It is  the best recording of these two together.

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