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The box set (Highlights digital edition)

by Jimmy Lyons

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Jump Up 10:04
Heritage I 37:13
Heritage II 13:41
Shakin' Back 13:02


When conceived and released in 2003 by Jan Ström (Ayler Records' founder), the Jimmy Lyons' box set was (and remains to this day) the most complete available accounting of an artist who never recorded enough as a leader and was never fully appreciated in his lifetime.
This digital edition presents 2+ hours of the music from it, carefully selected by Mathieu Demontès, and showcasing 7 tracks in solo, trio and quartet settings.

The physical 5-CD box comes with 28 tracks and 6+ hours of music and includes a 60-page booklet with liner notes by Jan Ström, Ben Young & Ed Hazell and photographs by Chris Green, Jerry Kambisis, Lona Foote, Maryanne Driscoll, Nils Edström & Willard Taylor.


released September 2, 2003

Jimmy Lyons - alto saxophone (#1-7)
Raphé Malik - trumpet (#1)
Karen Borca - bassoon (#5,#7)
Hayes Burnett - double bass (#1,#2,#3)
William Parker - double bass (#7)
Sidney Smart - drums (#1)
Henry Letcher - drums (#2,#3)
Paul Murphy - drums (#5,#7)

Recording information:
#1 at Studio Rivbea, NYC, September, 1972
#2-3 at Studio Rivbea, NYC, June 30, 1975
#4 at Soundscape, NYC, April 9, 1981
#5 in Geneva, Switzerland, May 12, 1984
#6 at WKCR-FM, NYC, USA, July 27, 1978
#7 at Tufts University, Medford, MA, USA, February 12, 1985

Cover painting by Åke Bjurhamn.


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In 2009, Ayler Records moved to France and has since opened the catalogue to recordings in less direct relationship with the Free Jazz canon, while remaining faithful to its original spirit.
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