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File under: Free Improvisation

John Carter, Bobby Bradford

Self Determination Music (LP)

Label: Flying Dutchman

Format: LP

Genre: Jazz

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The John Carter and Bobby Bradford Quartet/Quintet were critical to the progressive jazz movement around Los Angeles in the late 60s alongside the likes of Horace Tapscott. Both hailed from the Watts area and trumpeter, Bradford played with a woodshedding Ornette Coleman for two years in the early 60s when the legendary free movement leader decided not to record for a while but wanted to hone his trademark sound on the saxophone. Multi-reed player, Carter also worked with Coleman who brought them together to lead their own band.

Their first outing on Flying Dutchman was “Flight For Four” as the Carter Bradford Quartet that was released in 1969. This is the second album they recorded where Carter and Bradford were supported by Tom Williamson (bass), Buzz Freeman (drums) and another uncredited bass player on four extended improvisations – ‘The Sunday Afternoon Jazz Blues Society’, ‘The Eye Of The Storm’, ‘Loneliness’ and ‘Encounter'

File under: Free Improvisation
Cat. number: HIQLP112
Year: 2023
There are no formal instrumental credits on the (gatefold) sleeve (nor indeed any information about recording date/venue). However the byliner by Robert Levin suggests that this is the John Carter & Bobby Bradford Quartet, with Carter on reeds, Bradford on trumpet, Tom Williamson on bass and Buzz Freeman on drums (see their other Flying Dutchman release, Flight For Four). 'VAN GELDER' is stamped in the runout.