The Complete ESP-Disk Recordings

Sonny Simmons

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The Complete ESP-Disk Recordings Review

by AllMusic

THE COMPLETE ESP-DISK RECORDINGS is a definitive snapshot of Sonny Simmons's art. The two-disc set comprises two albums from 1966 (STAYING ON THE WATCH and MUSIC FROM THE SPHERES), both of which represent his wildly exploratory style to fine effect. Also included are extensive interviews with Simmons, featuring conversations on everything from Eric (Simmons worked with him in the early '60s), his wife (the trumpeter Barbara Donald), and the state of the avant garde. This is a sure bet for any fan of '60s free jazz.

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