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This Blindfold Test is taken from 2017-2018 new releases, except for tracks 1 and 10. Only Tracks 1 and 10 are not from the past two years.


Tracks 3 through 7 are samples of the current London jazz scene. In addition, the saxophonist on Track 8 is a leader in the current London jazz scene (although the leader on Track 8 is from Chicago).










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    Sun Ra—“That’s How I Feel,” from Lanquidity, (1978, Philly Jazz)


    Composed and Arranged by Sun Ra.


    Sun Ra—Keyboards

    Eddie Gale—Trumpet

    Michael Ray—Trumpet

    John Gilmore—Tenor Saxophone

    Marshall Allen—Alto Saxophone, Oboe, Flute

    James Jacson—Bassoon, Oboe, Flute

    Elo Omoe—Bass Clarinet, Flute

    Danny Thompson—Baritone Saxophone, Flute

    Julian Pressley—Baritone Saxophone

    Dale Williams—Guitar

    Disco Kid (Slo Johnson)—Guitar

    Richard Williams—Bass

    Luqman Ali—Percussion

    Michael Anderson--Percussion

    Artaukatune (Stanley Morgan)—Congas, Tympani





J.D. Allen—“Stranger in Paradise”, from Love Stone (2018, Savant)


Composed by Robert Wright and George Forrest.


J.D. Allen---Tenor Saxophone

Liberty Ellman—Guitar

Gregg August—Bass

Rudy Royston—Drums






Maisha—“Kaa”, from There Is a Place  (2018, Brownswood Recordings)


Produced by Jake Long


Nubya Garcia—Tenor Saxophone, Flute

Shirley Tetteh—Guitar

Amane Suganami—Piano, Organ

Twm Dylan—Bass

Jake Long—Drums

Tim Doyle—Percussion

Yahael Camara-Onono—Percussion

Axel Kaner-Lindstrom—Trumpet

Maria Zofia Osuchowska—Harp

Barbara Bartz—Violin

Johanna Burnheart—Violin

Madi Aafke Luimstra—Viola

Tom Oldfield—Cello


Here is a photo of Nubya Garcia. She is a tenor saxophonist on Tracks 3, 4 and 5.







Ezra Collective—“Juan Pablo”, from Juan Pablo the Philosopher, (2017, Enter the Jungle Records)


Nubya Garcia—Tenor Saxophone (guest artist)

James Mollison—Tenor Saxophone

Dylan Jones—Trumpet

Theon Cross—Tuba  (guest artist)

Joe Armon-Jones—Piano, Keyboards

T.J. Koleoso-Bass

Fermi Koleoso—Drums

 Here is a photo of Ezra Collective;




Here is an article on  Ezra Collective:






Nubya Garcia—“Red Sun”, from Nubya’s 5ive, (2017, Jazz Re:freshed)


Composed by Nubya Garcia.


Nubya Garcia—Tenor Saxophone

Joe Armon-Jones—Piano

Daniel Casimir—Bass

Moses Boyd—Drums


Another photo of Nubya Garcia:







Binker and Moses—“The Departure”, from Journey to the Mountain of Forever, (2017, Gearbox Records)


Composed by Binker Golding and Moses Boyd.


Binker Golding—Tenor Saxophone

Moses Boyd—Drums


Here is a photo of Binker and Moses.




Moses Boyd is the drummer on Tracks 5 and 6 of this Blindfold Test.





Yazz Ahmed—“Jamil Jamal”, from La Saboteuse (2017, Naim Records)


Composed by Yazz Ahmed.


Yazz Ahmed—Trumpet

Shabaka Hutchings—Bass Clarinet

Naadia Sheriff—Keyboards

Samuel Hallkvist—Guitar

Dudley Phillips—Bass

Martin France—Drums

Corrina Silvester—Percussion


Here is a photo of Yazz Ahmed:




Here is an article about Yazz Ahmed, in which she states that Kenny Wheeler is her favorite trumpet player.   https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/jul/27/women-are-more-interested-in-collaborating-than-showing-off-jazz-trumpeter-yazz-ahmed







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Makaya McCraven—“Prosperity’s Fear”, from Universal Beings (2018, International Anthem Recording Company)


This track was recorded at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, on September 2, 2017


Shabaka Hutchings—Tenor Saxophone

Tomeka Reid—Cello

Junius Paul—Bass, Percussion

Makaya McCraven—Drums


Here is a photo of Shabaka Hutchings, who plays tenor saxophone on Track 8 and bass clarinet on Track 7.




Here is a photo of Makaya McCraven.







Kamasi Washington—“Ooh Child”, from Heaven and Earth (2018, Young Turks). This track is from Disc 3 of this album, titled The Choice.


Composed by Stan Vincent.


Matachi Nwosu—Vocals

Steven Wayne--Vocals

Kamasi Washington—Tenor Saxophone

Ryan Porter--Trombone

Cameron Graves—Piano

Brandon Coleman—Keyboards, Organ

Miles Mosley—Bass

Ronald Bruner, Jr.—Drums

Tony Austin—Percussion







Frank Zappa—“Shortly: Suite Exists of Holiday in Berlin Full Blown,” from Road Tapes, Venue #1 (2012, Vaulternative Records)


Recorded at Kerrisdale Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, August 25, 1968.


Composed by Frank Zappa.


Frank Zappa—Guitar

Don Preston—Keyboards
Ian Underwood—Keyboards, Woodwinds
Bunk Gardner—Woodwinds
Motorhead Sherwood—Baritone sax, Tambourine
Roy Estrada—Bass
Jimmy Carl Black—Drums
Art Tripp III—Drums, Percussion


This composition later appeared in a significantly different version on Zappa’s album Burnt Weeny Sandwich, which was released on February 9, 1970.


That is interesting to me because before the group performs this song on Road Tapes, Venue #1, on August 25, 1968, Frank Zappa says:


 “We’re going to play for you a piece of music that will be on an album in November, called ‘No Commercial Potential.’ The name of this piece of music is ‘Shortly’, a little suite for electric combo, in several movements. You may count the movements if you wish. Do not clap between movements.”


In fact, no album was released three months later, in November, 1968. Zappa never released an album titled “No Commercial Potential.” When this song was released in February, 1970, over a year after the date that Zappa said it would be released, it was not titled “Shortly” any more. It was titled “Holiday in Berlin Full Blown.”


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2 hours ago, Hot Ptah said:

 When this song was released in February, 1970, over a year after the date that Zappa said it would be released, it was not titled “Shortly” any more. It was titled “Holiday in Berlin Full Blown.”


Correct me if I'm wrong, but the vamp with the guitar solo was banded as "Aybee Sea" on the BWS LP?

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31 minutes ago, JSngry said:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the vamp with the guitar solo was banded as "Aybee Sea" on the BWS LP?

"Aybee Sea" follows "Holiday in Berlin Full Blown" on Side 1 of the LP edition of "Burnt Weeny Sandwich."   "Aybee Sea" is the last 2:46 of Side 1, and consists of a solo piano piece, rather lyrical. (It only took me about 25 years after I first owned the album to realize that "Aybee Sea" is ABC).

It is not the same piano section which appears at the end of this earlier live recording of "Shortly" a/k/a "Holiday in Berlin Full Blown". Zappa appears to have discarded the end section of "Shortly" before recording "Burnt Weeny Sandwich." 

30 minutes ago, tkeith said:

Repeatedly victimized by my upbringing and limited exposure to the current state of things with my frequent comments about "this guy".  You'd think Erica Lindsay would have taught me my lesson.  ;)

I did not know whether Nubya, Binker, Shabaka, Makaya and Yazz were men or women, until I Googled them and saw their photos.

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22 minutes ago, JSngry said:

Wow, I had totally forgotten that "Aybee Sea" was solo piano. It's been too long since I checked out side 1 of that record, I usually got straight for "Little House..." on side 2.

Thanks for the reminder!

I love the instrumentals on Side 1. Now that I socialize with a large group of Mexican Americans, many who are fluent in Spanish, I hope to find out what is being said in Spanish at the end of "W.P.L.J." I have hesitated to ask any of my new friends in case Frank slipped some highly offensive stuff in there. Oh no, you wouldn't have done that, would you  Frank?

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