Reviews that mention Barbara Donald

August 24, 2000

Sonny Simmons

Manhattan Egos
Arhoolie CD 483

So-called free jazz has finally been around long enough to be acknowledged as an important style that can be drawn on by many contemporary performers. Despite the best efforts of the neo-cons to try to nullify its lineage and existence, important sessions like this one keep being reissued.

Manhattan Egos is an excellent sound picture of that little documented time following the deaths of John Coltrane and Albert Ayler and before the resurgence of free music with folk like John Zorn and William Parker. It proves once again that the line against fuzzy fusion and mirror image retrobop was being held not only in New York and Europe, but also in outposts like Berkeley, Calif. by the likes of Sonny Simmons.