Sonny Simmons

Rumasuma

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This is an LP long overdue to be reissued on CD. The masterful but underrated avant-garde altoist Sonny Simmons is featured with the powerful trumpeter Barbara Donald, pianist Mike Cohen, both Jerry Sealund and Bill Pickens on basses and drummer Billy Higgins during four of his originals. The compositions range from a structured piece and two fairly free-form numbers to "Reincarnation," which is based in an abstract way on a blues. Exciting and very creative music.