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Arista Freedom discography

This is a discography of the main series (1000 series) of LPs released on the Arista Freedom label between 1975 and 1977.

Arista Freedom was setup by Arista in 1975 after they purchased the Freedom label. Some of the albums released on Arista Freedom had previously been released on Freedom, Polydor, Fontana, Debut or Black Lion. Other albums were recorded for release on Arista Freedom.

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Arista Freedom: main (1000) series: AL 1000 - AL 1043

Arista Freedom: 1900 series: AL 1900 - AL 1906

Arista Novus: main (3000) series : 3000 - 3024

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Arista Freedom LPs

Vibrations, Albert Ayler, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1000

Tracks : Ghosts, Children, Holy Spirit, Ghosts, Vibrations, Mothers

Musicians : Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Gary Peacock, Sunny Murray

Recorded in Copenhagen in 1964 and originally released on Debut in 1965.

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Porto Novo, Marion Brown, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1001

Tracks : Similar Limits, Sound Structure, Improvisation, QBIC, Porto Novo

Musicians : Marion Brown, Maarten van Regteren Altena, Han Bennink

Recorded in 1967 and originally released on Polydor in 1969.

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Paper Man, Charles Tolliver, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1002

Tracks : Earl's World, Peace With Myself, Right Now, Household Of Saud, Lil's Paradise, Paper Man

Musicians : Charles Tolliver, Gary Bartz, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers

Probably originally released in Germany on Polydor or Black Lion in 1969 with the title Charles Tolliver and His All Stars.

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Confluence, Gato Barbieri & Dollar Brand, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1003

Tracks : The Aloe And The Wildrose, Hamba Khale!, To Elsa, Eighty First Street

Musicians : Gato Barbieri, Dollar Brand

Recotded in 1968 and originally released on Polydor and Freedom.

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Carnival: Live At Montreux 1974, Randy Weston, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1004

Tracks : Carnival, Introduction, Tribute To Duke Ellington, Introduction, Mystery Of Love

Musicians : Randy Weston, Billy Harper, William Allen, Don Moye, Steve Berrios

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Silent Tongues: Live At Montreux '74, Cecil Taylor, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1005

Tracks : Abyss (First Movement), Petals & Filaments (Second Movement), Jitney (Third Movement), Crossing (Fourth Movement) Part One/Part Two, After All (Fifth Movement), Jitney No. 2, After All No. 2

Musicians : Cecil Taylor

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Flexible Flyer, Roswell Rudd, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1006

Tracks : What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life, Maiden Voyage, Suh Blah Blah Buh Sibi, Waltzing In The Sagebrush, Moselle Variations: Whatever Turns You On Baby / Tuff Muffins / Moselle

Musicians : Roswell Rudd, Hod O'Brien, Arild Anderson, Barry Altschul, Sheila Jordan

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Spiral, Andrew Hill, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1007

Tracks : Tomorrow, Laverne, The Message, Invitation, Today, Spiral, Quiet Dawn

Musicians : Andrew Hill, Ted Curson, Lee Konitz, Robin Kenyatta, Cecil McBee, Stafford James, Art Lewis, Barry Altschul

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Heavy Spirits, Oliver Lake, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1008

Tracks : While Pushing Down Turn, Owshet, Heavy Spirits, Movement Equals Creation, Altoviolin, Intensity, Lonely Blacks, Rocket

Musicians : Oliver Lake, Olu Dara, Donald Smith, Al Philemon Jones, C. Panton, Steven Peisch, Stafford James, Victor Lewis

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Brilliant Circles, Stanley Cowell, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1009

Tracks : Brilliant Circles, Earthly Heavens, Boo Ann's Grand, Bobby's Tune

Musicians : Stanley Cowell, Woody Shaw, Tyrone Washington, Bobby Hutcherson, Reggie Workman, Joe Chambers

Originally released on Freedom and Polydor in 1971 or 1972.

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Perugia: Live At Montreux '74, Roland Hanna, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1010

Tracks : Take The A Train, I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good, Time Dust Gathared, Perugia, A Child Is Born, Wistful Moment

Musicians : Roland Hanna

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Look for the Black Star, Dewey Redman, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1011

Tracks : Look For The Black Star, For Eldon, Spur Of The Moment, Seven And One

Musicians : Dewey Redman, Jym Young, Donald Raphael Garrett, Eddie Moore

Originally released in 1966 on Fontana.

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'Coon Bid'ness, Julius Hemphill, 197?, Arista Freedom AL 1012

Tracks : Reflections, Lyric, Skin 1, Skin 2, The Hard Blues

Musicians : Julius Hemphill, Baikida E. J. Carroll (track 5), Arthur Blythe, Hamiet Bluiett, Abdul Wadud, Barry Altschul, Daniel Ben Zebulon, Philip Wilson (track 5)

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Blues for Lady Day, Mal Waldron, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1013

Tracks : Blues For Lady Day, Just Friends, Don't Blame Me, You Don't Know What Love Is, The Man I Love, You're My Thrill, Strange Fruit, Easy Living, Mean To Me

Musicians : Mal Waldron

Recorded in Holland and originally released on Black Lion in 1972.

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Blues to Africa, Randy Weston, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1014

Tracks : African Village / Bedfort Stuyvesant, Tangier Bay, Blues To Africa, Kasbah Kids, Uhuru Kwanza, The Call, Kucheza Blues, Sahel

Musicians : Randy Weston

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Fresh, Frank Lowe, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1015

Tracks : Epistrophy, Play Some Blues, Fresh, Mysterioso, Chu's Blues

Musicians : Frank Lowe, Lester Bowie, Joseph Bowie, Abdul Wadud, Charles Bobo Shaw, Steve Reid, Selene Fung

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There's a Trumpet in My Soul, Archie Shepp, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1016

Tracks : Suite: There's a Trumpet in My Soul (Part 1): a. There's a Trumpet in My Soul b. Samba da Rua c. Zaid Part One, Down in Brazil, Suite: There's a Trumpet in My Soul (Part 2): a. Zaid Part Two b. It Is the Year of the Rabbit c. Zaid Part Three

Musicians : Archie Shepp, Roy Burrowes, Alden Griggs, Charles Greenlee, Ray Draper, Dave Burrell, Walter Davis Jr., Brandon Ross, Jimmy Garrison, Vishnu Bill Wood, Beaver Harris, Abdul Zahir Batin, Nene DeFense, Bill Hasson, Semenya McCord, Bill Willingham

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The Ringer, Charles Tolliver, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1017

Tracks : Plight, On The Nile, The Ringer, Mother Wit, Spur

Musicians : Charles Tolliver, Stanley Cowell, Steve Novosel, Jimmy Hopps

Originally released on Polydor in 1969.

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Witches & Devils, Albert Ayler, 197?, Arista Freedom AL 1018

Tracks : Witches And Devils, Spirits, Holy Holy, Saints

Musicians : Albert Ayler, Norman Howard, Earle Henderson, Henry Grimes, Sunny Murray

Recorded in NYC in 1964 and originally released that year on Debut.

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New York Mary, New York Mary, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1019

Tracks : New York Mary, South Philly Willy, Hip City Slicker, Feet First, Sunrise, Shooby

Musicians : Donald Hahn, Bruce Johnstone, Allan Zavod, Tim Breen, Rick Petrone, Joe Corsello

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Live at the Montmartre, Hampton Hawes, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1020

Tracks : This Guy's In Love, South Hampton, The Camel, Little Miss Laurie, Hamp's Broad Blue Acres

Musicians : Hampton Hawes, Henry Franklin, Michael Carvin

Recorded in Copenhagen in 1971. Subsequently released with additional tracks on Black Lion.

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Tears for Dolphy, Ted Curson, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1021

Tracks : Kassim, East 6th Street, 7/4 Funny Time, Tears For Dolphy, Quicksand, Reava's Waltz

Musicians : Ted Curson, Bill Barron, Herb Bushler, Dick Berk

Originally released on Fontana in Europe in 1965 (possibly 1964). Released on CD by Black Lion with bonus tracks.

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Under the Sun, Human Arts Ensemble, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1022

Tracks : A Lover's Desire, Hazrat, The Sufi

Musicians : Charles Bobo Shaw, Lester Bowie, Victor Reef, J.D. Parran, Oliver Lake, Marty Erlich, James Marshall, Vincent Terrell, Butch Smith, Abdallah Yakub, Alan Suits, Carol Marshall

Originally released on Universal Justice Records in 1974.

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Live At Montreux, Andrew Hill, 1975, Arista Freedom AL 1023

Tracks : Snake Hip Waltz, Nefertisis, Come Sunday, Relativity

Musicians : Andrew Hill

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Ntu: Point From Which Creation Begins, Oliver Lake, 1976, Arista Freedom AL 1024

Tracks : Africa, Tse'lane, Electric Freedom Colors, Eriee, Zip

Musicians : Oliver Lake, Baikida E. J. Carroll, Floyd LeFlore, Joseph Bowie, Clovis Bordeux, John Hicks, Richard Martin, Don Officer, Charles Bobo Shaw, Don Moye

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Bedtime Stories, The John Payne Band, 1976, Arista Freedom AL 1025

Tracks : Snow, Fancy Free, Song For Love, African Brother, Scenes From A Journey, Thelonious Funk, Rush

Musicians : John Payne, Louis Levin, Scott Lee, Gerald Murphy

Originally released on Bromfield Records in 1975.

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Berkshire Blues, Randy Weston, 1976, Arista Freedom AL 1026

Tracks : Three Blind Mice, Perdido, Purple Gazelle, Berkshire Blues, Lagos, Sweet Meat, Ifran

Musicians : Randy Weston, Vishnu Bill Wood, Lennie McBrowne

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Montreux One, Archie Shepp, 1976, Arista Freedom AL 1027

Musicians : Archie Shepp, Charles Greenlee, Dave Burrell, Cameron Brown, Beaver Harris

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Dogon A.D., Julius Hemphill, 1976, Arista Freedom AL 1028

Tracks : Dogon A.D., Rites, The Painter

Musicians : Julius Hemphill, Baikida E.J. Carroll, Abdul Wadud, Philip Wilson

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Inside Job, Rudd, Roswell, 1976, Arista Freedom AL 1029

Tracks : Sacred Song, Mysterioso, Inside Job

Musicians : Roswell Rudd, Enrico Rava, Dave Burrell, Stafford James, Harold White

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Flip Top, Ted Curson, 1977, Arista Freedom AL 1030

Tracks : Searchin´ For The Blues, Desolation, Light Blue, Quicksand, Straight Ice, Flip Top

Musicians : Tracks 1-3: Ted Curson, Bill Barron, Herb Bushler, Dick Berk / Tracks 4-6: Ted Curson, Zagreb Radio Orchestra

Tracks 1 to 3 recorded in Paris in August 1964 during the Tears For Dolphy sessions. These tracks were used as bonus tracks on later releases of Tears For Dolphy. Tracks 4 to 6 recoded at the Seventh Yugoslavia Jazz Festival in Ljubljana in 1966.

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Esoteric Circle, Jan Garbarek, 1977, Arista Freedom AL 1031

Tracks : Traneflight, Rabalder, Esoteric Circle, Vips, Sas, Nefertite, Gee, Karin's Mode, Breeze Ending

Musicians : Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Arild Anderson, Jon Christensen

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Blues for the Viet Cong, Stanley Cowell, 1977, Arista Freedom AL 1032

Tracks : Departure, Sweet Song, The Shuttle, You Took Advantage Of Me, Blues For The Viet Cong, Wedding March, Photon In A Paper World, Travellin' Man

Musicians : Stanley Cowell, Steve Novosel, Jimmy Hopps

Originally released on Polydor in 1969.

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Parisian Thoroughfare, Stephane Grappelli, 1977, Arista Freedom AL 1033

Tracks : Love For Sale, Perugia, Two Cute, Fascinating Rhythm, Parisian Thoroughfare, Improvisation On Prelude In E Minor, Wave, Hallelujah

Musicians : Stephane Grappelli, Roland Hanna, George Mraz, Mel Lewis

Originally released on Black Lion in 1975.

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Montreux Two, Archie Shepp, 1977, Arista Freedom AL 1034

Tracks : Steam, Along Came Betty, Blues For Donald Duck

Musicians : Archie Shepp, Charles Greenlee, Dave Burrell, Cameron Brown, Beaver Harris

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Piece of the Apple, New York Mary, 197?, Arista Freedom AL 1035

Tracks : Rush Hour, Back To Being One, Midnight Magic, Zoo Mouth, Mr. Mystery, Just As Long As We Have Love, (Walkin' Down) Greasy St., Aftermath

Musicians : Ron Friedman, Bruce Johnstone, Pete Levin, Robert Aries, Gene Bertoncini, Rick Petrone, Joe Corsello, Don Elliott Singers

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The Razor's Edge, John Payne Band, 1977, Arista Freedom AL 1036

Tracks : Lolita, Sounds From The Sea's Edge, Himiola, Ariadne, The Razor's Edge, New Spaces, Electric Lush, Past Days, Reaching

Musicians : John Payne, Louis Levin, Scott Lee, Gerald Murphy, Ricardo Torres

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Time Zones, Richard Teitelbaum with Anthony Braxton, 1977, Arista Freedom AL 1037

Tracks : Crossing, Behemoth Dreams

Musicians : Richard Teitelbaum, Anthony Braxton

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Indent, Cecil Taylor, 1977, Arista Freedom AL 1038

Tracks : Indent: First Layer, Indent: Second Layer, Part One, Indent: Second Layer, Part Two, Indent: Third Layer

Musicians : Cecil Taylor

Recorded live in March 1973. Originally released on Unit Core Records.

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Whisper Of Dharma, Human Arts Ensemble, 197?, Arista Freedom AL 1039

Tracks : Whisper Of Dharma, A World New

Musicians : Charles Bobo Shaw, Floyd LeFlore, Joseph Bowie, J.D. Paran, Oliver Lake, James Marshall, Gene Lake, Baikida E.J. Carroll

Originally released on Universal Justice Records in 1972.

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Miroslav, Miroslav Vitous, 1977, Arista Freedom AL 1040

Tracks : Watching The Sunset Run, Bassamba, Tiger In The Rain, Concerto In E Minor, Pictures From Moravia, Sonata For A Dream

Musicians : Miroslav Vitous, Don Alias, Armen Halburian (track 6)

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Diamond Express, Dudu Pukwana, 1977, Arista Freedom AL 1041

Tracks : Ubaguile (See Saw), Diamond Express, Madodana (The Young Ones), Tete And Barbs In My Mind, Bird Lives

Musicians : Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, Nick Evans, Elton Dean, Frank Roberts, Keith Tippett, Lucky Ranko, Victor Ntoni, Ernest Mothole, James Mene, Louis Moholo

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Signals, Mal Waldron, 1977, Arista Freedom AL 1042

Tracks : Signals, Things That Go Bump In The Night, Zapata, Touch Of The Blues

Musicians : Mal Waldron

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A Little Copenhagen Night Music, Hawes, Hampton, 1977, Arista Freedom AL 1043

Tracks : Now's The Time, Round Midnight, Cheryl, Spanish Way, Dexter Deck

Musicians : Hampton Hawes, Henry Franklin, Michael Carvin, Dexter Gordon (on Dexter's Deck)

Recorded in Copenhagen in 1971

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Last updated June 2015