Prince Lasha and Sonny Simmons – Firebirds (Full Album)

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Firebirds is a 1968 album by two American jazz musicians, Prince Lasha  and Sonny Simmons .

“The second of two collaborations by Prince Lasha (on flute, alto, and alto clarinet) and Sonny Simmons (alto and English horn), this set has been reissued on CD. Vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, bassist Buster Williams, and drummer Charles Moffett offer stimulating support and close interplay with the two lead voices, who contributed all five selections. The music is influenced by (but not too derivative of) Ornette Coleman’s free jazz style, and the improvisations are pretty advanced and sometimes quite emotional. Lasha and Simmons made for a potent team, making one wish that they would have a reunion someday. An underrated classic of its kind.” – Scott Yanow/AllMusic .

Track listing:
1. “The Island Song” 8:47
2. “Psalm of Solomon” 10:45
3. “Prelude to Bird” 3:53
4. “The Loved Ones” 5:21
5. “Firebirds” 10:05

Prince Lasha – alto saxophone, alto clarinet, flute
Sonny Simmons – alto saxophone, English horn
Bobby Hutcherson – vibraphone
Charles Moffett – drums
Buster Williams – bass


Released: 1968, 1993-95 CD
Recorded: September 27-29, 1967
Label: Contemporary Records
Producer: Lester Koenig