SONNY SIMMONS

Avant-Garde Jazz / World Fusion / Post Bop / Jazz Related Improv/Composition • United States
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Altoist Sonny Simmons made a strong impression in the 1960s as one of the most promising avant-garde players. He grew up in Oakland, CA, started playing English horn, and then at 16 took up the alto. Stints with Lowell Fulsom and Amos Milburn and some time spent playing bebop preceded Simmons finding his own sound in free jazz. In 1961, he spent some time with Charles Mingus and then, in 1962, he formed a group with flutist Prince Lasha. After they recorded The Cry, Simmons moved to New York, recorded with Elvin Jones and Eric Dolphy, and then in 1965 he returned to the Bay Area. Simmons met and married the powerful trumpeter Barbara Donald, recorded for ESP, and the duo performed and recorded in several settings. However, by the mid-'70s Simmons largely dropped out of music, the marriage broke up, and the altoist was forgotten for nearly 20 years. read more...
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Last Man StandingLast Man Standing
Jazzaway 2016
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Staying On The WatchStaying On The Watch
ESP Disk, Ltd. 2010
$11.82
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Manhattan EgosManhattan Egos
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ARHOOLIE RECORDS 2009
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ReincarnationReincarnation
ARHOOLIE RECORDS 2015
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SONNY SIMMONS Discography

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SONNY SIMMONS Jazz Tempo, Latin Accents! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Tempo, Latin Accents!
Avant-Garde Jazz 1965
SONNY SIMMONS Staying on the Watch album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Staying on the Watch
Avant-Garde Jazz 1966
SONNY SIMMONS Music From the Spheres album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Music From the Spheres
Avant-Garde Jazz 1968
SONNY SIMMONS Manhattan Egos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manhattan Egos
Avant-Garde Jazz 1969
SONNY SIMMONS Rumasuma album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rumasuma
Avant-Garde Jazz 1970
SONNY SIMMONS Burning Spirits (as Huey Simmons) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Burning Spirits (as Huey Simmons)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
SONNY SIMMONS Sonny Simmons & Billy Higgins : Backwoods Suite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sonny Simmons & Billy Higgins : Backwoods Suite
Post Bop 1982
SONNY SIMMONS Global Jungle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Global Jungle
Avant-Garde Jazz 1990
SONNY SIMMONS Ancient Ritual album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ancient Ritual
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
SONNY SIMMONS Judgement Day album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Judgement Day
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
SONNY SIMMONS Transcendence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Transcendence
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
SONNY SIMMONS American Jungle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
American Jungle
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
SONNY SIMMONS Universal Prayer/ Survival Skills album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Universal Prayer/ Survival Skills
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
SONNY SIMMONS The Cosmosamatics album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
The Cosmosamatics
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
SONNY SIMMONS A Salute To Ustad Bismillah Khan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Salute To Ustad Bismillah Khan
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
SONNY SIMMONS The Cosmosamatics II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Cosmosamatics II
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
SONNY SIMMONS Mixolydis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mixolydis
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
SONNY SIMMONS Tales Of The Ancient East album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tales Of The Ancient East
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
SONNY SIMMONS Out Into The Andromeda album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Out Into The Andromeda
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
SONNY SIMMONS The Future Is Ancient album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Future Is Ancient
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
SONNY SIMMONS The Cosmosamatics : Reeds & Birds album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Cosmosamatics : Reeds & Birds
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
SONNY SIMMONS Jewels album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jewels
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
SONNY SIMMONS The Cosmosamatics: Magnitudes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Cosmosamatics: Magnitudes
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
SONNY SIMMONS The Traveller album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Traveller
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
SONNY SIMMONS The Cosmosamatics: Zetrons album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Cosmosamatics: Zetrons
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2005
SONNY SIMMONS I'll See You When You Get There album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I'll See You When You Get There
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
SONNY SIMMONS Fourth Dimension album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fourth Dimension
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
SONNY SIMMONS Last Man Standing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Last Man Standing
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
SONNY SIMMONS The Cosmosamatics : Free Within the Law album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Cosmosamatics : Free Within the Law
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
SONNY SIMMONS Symphony of the Peacocks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Symphony of the Peacocks
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
SONNY SIMMONS Sonny Simmons / Brandon Evans : Tales of the Ancient East / A Salute to Ustad Bismillah Khan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sonny Simmons / Brandon Evans : Tales of the Ancient East / A Salute to Ustad Bismillah Khan
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
SONNY SIMMONS Sonny Simmons, Delphine Latil, Thomas Bellier : Beyond The Planets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sonny Simmons, Delphine Latil, Thomas Bellier : Beyond The Planets
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
SONNY SIMMONS The Cosmosamatics: Jazz-Maalika album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Cosmosamatics: Jazz-Maalika
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
SONNY SIMMONS Leaving Knowledge, Wisdom And Brilliance / Chasing The Bird? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Leaving Knowledge, Wisdom And Brilliance / Chasing The Bird?
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
SONNY SIMMONS Sonny Simmons & Moksha Samnyasin : Nomadic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sonny Simmons & Moksha Samnyasin : Nomadic
World Fusion 2014

SONNY SIMMONS EPs & splits

SONNY SIMMONS La Société de Renégat EP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
La Société de Renégat EP
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013

SONNY SIMMONS live albums

SONNY SIMMONS Renegade Society, Live in S.F. 1993 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Renegade Society, Live in S.F. 1993
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
SONNY SIMMONS Live - In Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live - In Paris
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
SONNY SIMMONS Renegade Society NYC 2002 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Renegade Society NYC 2002
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
SONNY SIMMONS The Cosmosamatics :Live at Banlieues Bleues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Cosmosamatics :Live at Banlieues Bleues
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
SONNY SIMMONS Cosmosamatics Three album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cosmosamatics Three
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
SONNY SIMMONS The Cosmosamatics : Zetrons album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Cosmosamatics : Zetrons
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
SONNY SIMMONS Live at the Knitting Factory album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Knitting Factory
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
SONNY SIMMONS Live at Rive de Gier album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Rive de Gier
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
SONNY SIMMONS Cheshire Cat Club + Olympia 1980 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cheshire Cat Club + Olympia 1980
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
SONNY SIMMONS Ecstatic Nostalgia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ecstatic Nostalgia
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
SONNY SIMMONS True Wind album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
True Wind
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
SONNY SIMMONS Introducing Black Jack Pleasanton album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Introducing Black Jack Pleasanton
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
SONNY SIMMONS Near The Oasis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Near The Oasis
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
SONNY SIMMONS Sonny Simmons / Brandon Evans : The Internal Renegade Society - Live At CBGB 2003 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sonny Simmons / Brandon Evans : The Internal Renegade Society - Live At CBGB 2003
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
SONNY SIMMONS Sonny Simmons With Barbara Donald ‎: Reincarnation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sonny Simmons With Barbara Donald ‎: Reincarnation
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015

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SONNY SIMMONS re-issues & compilations

SONNY SIMMONS The Complete ESP-Disk Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete ESP-Disk Recordings
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006

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SONNY SIMMONS The Cosmosamatics

Album · 2001 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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In the mid 60s to early 70s, West Coast reeds player Sonny Simmons was a significant figure in the free jazz movement, mostly as a collaborator ("Conversations" and "Iron Man" with Eric Dolphy, "The Cry!" and "Firebirds!" with Prince Lasha), but he also released some successful solo albums as well. Influenced by Eric Dolphy's freeish bop, his music was an attractive mix of composed blues, bop roots and free improvisational elements. After the mid 70s he disappeared from the jazz world for two decades (playing just on the street by some sources).

After his return in the mid 90s, he became even more active with lots of gigs and recordings, plus what is more important - searching for new ways in music.

In 2001 Sonny founded a new project, The Cosmosamatics, with his old collaborator, reeds player Michael Marcus. On their project's first album, recorded for US Boxholder, besides those two, the line-up includeded such stars as bass sax player James Carter, bassist William Parker and drummer Jay Rosen. Supported on one composition by Karen Borca on bassoon and Samir Chatterjee on tablas, the band plays high energy and very modern sounding complex but accessible free jazz mixed with world music elements. It's really impressive how Sonny, in his late 60s, fearlessly steps on a new track. Five solid compositions are less bop-rooted than his music from the early 70s, but are more full-bodied, heavy-energy and well balanced.

This is a great example of the missing link between Eric Dolphy and the new millenium's free jazz, The Cosmosamatics became a long lasting project (with the only two constant members being Simmons and Marcus, plus some high level collaborators such as drummer Andrew Cyrille),which after three albums on Boxholder, made a successful move to the European market with lots of concerts and a series of albums on Central and Southern European labels (Italian Soul Note, French Bleu Regard and Polish Not Two). It's interesting that later project releases in Europe are tagged as "The Cosmosamatics", without any mention of the band members on the album covers and cover art, usually looking like a modern indie or art-pop band release.

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