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Nessa Records discography

This is a discography of the albums released on the Nessa label.

Nessa Records was set up in Chicago by Chuck Nessa in 1967 initially to record the musicians who would shortly form the Art Ensemble Of Chicago.

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Nessa: original LP releases

Numbers 1 & 2, Lester Bowie, 1967, Nessa n-1

Tracks : Number 1, Number 2

Musicians : Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors

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Congliptious, Roscoe Mitchell, 1968, Nessa n-2

Tracks : Tutankhamen, TKHKE, Jazz Death?, Congliptious / Old

Musicians : Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Robert Crowder

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People in Sorrow, Art Ensemble of Chicago, 1969, Nessa n-3

Tracks : People In Sorrow Part 1, People In Sorrow Part 2

Musicians : Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors

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Les Stances a Sophie, Art Ensemble of Chicago, 1970, Nessa n-4

Tracks : Theme De Yoyo, Theme De Celine, Variations Sur Un Theme De Monteverdi (I), Variations Sur Un Theme De Monteverdi (II), Proverbs (I), Theme Amour Universel, Theme Libre, Proverbs (II)

Musicians : Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors, Fontella Bass

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Old/Quartet, Roscoe Mitchell, 1975, Nessa n-5

Tracks : Old, Quartet Part 1, Quartet Part 2, Solo

Musicians : Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Phillip Wilson

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Have No Fear, Von Freeman, 1975, Nessa n-6

Tracks : Mr. Lucky, Swinging The Blues, Polka Dots And Moonbeams, Have No Fear, Soul Is Here

Musicians : Von Freeman, John Young, David Shipp, Wilbur Campbell

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All Music, Warne Marsh, 1976, Nessa n-7

Tracks : I Have A Good One For You, Background Music, On Purpose, 317 East 32nd, Lunarcy, Easy Living, Subconscious-Lee

Musicians : Warne Marsh, Lou Levy, Fred Atwood, Jake Hanna

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Did You Call?, Ben Webster, 1978, Nessa n-8

Tracks : Sweet Georgia Brown, Don't Blame Me, Did You Call?, Barcelona Shout, Ben's Blues, The Man I Love, My Nephew Bent, How Long Has This Been Going On?

Musicians : Ben Webster, Tete Montoliu, Eric Peter, Peer Wyboris

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Nonaah, Roscoe Mitchell, 1977, Nessa n-9/10

Tracks : Nonaah, Ericka, Nonaah, Off Five Dark Six, A1 Tal 2La, Tahquemnon, Improvisation 1, Ballad, Nonaah

Musicians : Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis(track 6), Anthony Braxton (track 4), Henry Threadgill (track 9), Joseph Jarman (track 9), Wallace McMillan (track 9), Muhal Richard Abrams (track 6), Malachi Favors (track 5)

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Serenade & Blues, Von Freeman, 1979, Nessa n-11

Tracks : Serenade In Blue, After Dark, Time After Time, Von Freeman's Blues

Musicians : Von Freeman, John Young, David Shipp, Wilbur Campbell

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Air Time, Air, 1978, Nessa n-12

Tracks : I'll Be Right Here Waiting..., No. 2, G.v.E., Subtraction, Keep Right On Playing Thru the Mirror Over the Water

Musicians : Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, Steve McCall

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Body & Soul, Lucky Thompson, 19??, Nessa n-13

Tracks : Blues 'N' Boogie, Spanish Rails, What's New, Soul's Nite Out, The World Awakes, When Sunny Gets Blue, Body And Soul, Spanyola, I Got It Bad, Soul Carnival The World Awakes

Musicians : Lucky Thompson, Tete Montoliu, Eric Peter, Peer Wyboris

Originally released on Ensayo in Spain in 1971 with the title Soul's Nite Out.

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L-R-G / The Maze / S II Examples, Roscoe Mitchell, 1978, Nessa n-14/15

Tracks : L-R-G (Part One), L-R-G (Part Two), The Maze, S II Examples

Musicians : Roscoe Mitchell, Leo Smith, George Lewis, Joseph Jarman, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Malachi Favors, Thurman Barker, Don Moye, Douglas Ewart

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Saga of the Outlaws, Charles Tyler, 1978, Nessa n-16

Tracks : Chapter One, Chapter Two

Musicians : Charles Tyler, Earl Cross, John Ore, Ronnie Boykins, Steve Reid

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Volume 1, Bobby Bradford with John Stevens and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, 1980, Nessa n-17

Tracks : His Majesty Louis, Bridget's Mother, Room 408, Tolerance / To Bob

Musicians : Bobby Bradford, John Stevens, Bob Norden, Trevor Watts, Ron Herman, Julie Tippetts

Bridget's Mother and Tolerance/To Bob were originally released on an LP on Freedom in 1974.

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Volume 2, Bobby Bradford with John Stevens and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, 1981, Nessa n-18

Tracks : Trane Ride / Ornette-ment / Doo Dee, Norway, Rhythm Piece, Fragment

Musicians : Bobby Bradford, John Stevens, Bob Norden, Trevor Watts, Ron Herman, Julie Tippetts

Trane Ride/Ornette-ment/Doo Dee was originally released on an LP on Freedom in 1974.

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Spirit Catcher, Wadada Leo Smith, 1980, Nessa n-19

Tracks : Images, The Burning Of Stones, Spirit Catcher

Musicians : Wadada Leo Smith, Dwight Andrews, Bobby Naughton, Wes Brown, Pheeroan ak Laff, Irene Emanuel, Carol Emanuel, Ruth Emanuel (harp) Dwight Andrews

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Snurdy McGurdy And Her Dancin' Shoes, Roscoe Mitchell And The Sound Ensemble, 1981, Nessa n-20

Tracks : Sing/Song, CYP, Stomp And The Far East Blues, March, Round, Snurdy McGurdy And Her Dancin' Shoes

Musicians : Roscoe Mitchell, Hugh Ragin, A. Spencer Barefield, Jaribu Shahid, Tani Tabbal

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NRG Ensemble, Hal Russell, 1981, Nessa n-21

Tracks : Uncontrolable Rages, Kit Kat, Linda Jazz Princess, Seven Spheres

Musicians : Hal Russell, Chuck Burdelik, Brian Sandstrom, Curt Bley, Steve Hunt

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Indian Summer, Eddie Johnson, 1981, Nessa n-22

Tracks : Self Portrait (of the Bean), Indian Summer, The Choice, Blue Star, Splanky, Misty Thursday, My Baby Just Cares for Me

Musicians : Eddie Johnson, Paul Serrano, John Young, Eddie de Haas, George Hughes

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The Missing Link, Fred Anderson, 1984, Nessa n-23

Tracks : Twilight, A Ballad For Rita: Part 1, A Ballad For Rita: Part 2, The Bull

Musicians : Fred Anderson, Larry Hayrod, Hamid Hank Drake, Adam Rudolph

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Eftsoons, Hal Russell & Mars Williams, 1984, Nessa n-24

Tracks : Carnal Concupiscence, Is This Virginia?, A Sync/Sync Stat Mux Prolixthux, Odoriferous Flambeaus of the Paranymphs, N, SSS, EEE <RETURN>, Eftsoons, Noise Commands: Blast 1

Musicians : Hal Russell, Mars Williams

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Generation, Hal Russell NRG Ensemble with Charles Tyler, 1984?, Nessa n-25

Tracks : Sinus Up, Poodle Cut, Sponge, Tatwas, Cascade, Generation

Musicians : Hal Russell, Charles Tyler, Chuck Burdelik, Brian Sandstrom, Curt Bley, Steve Hunt

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Nessa: box set

1967/68, The Art Ensemble, 2009, Nessa ncd-2500

Tracks : Theme Statements: Slow Theme / Bell Song / Fast Theme / Chinese Song, Old, Tatas-Matoes - Rehearsal, Quartet No. 1, Quartet No. 2, Trio (Oh Susanna), Warm Up, Number 2 - Trio Version, Number 1, Number 2 - Quartet Version Take 4, Number 2 - Quartet Version Take 6, Number 2 - Quartet Version Take 7, A To Ericka, Quintet, Solo, Tutankhamen, Tkhke, Jazz Death?, Carefree - Take 1, Carefree - Take 2, Carefree - Take 3, Tatas-Matoes, Congliptious / Old

Musicians : Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors, Charles Clark, Phillip Wilson, Robert Crowder, Thurman Barker

A 5 CD box set which includes previously unreleased music plus music originally released on the Lester Bowie album Numbers 1 & 2 (1967) and the Roscoe Mitchell LPs Congliptious (1968) and Old/Quartet (1975).

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Nessa: original CD releases and CD reissues of earlier LPs

Congliptious, Roscoe Mitchell, 2009, Nessa ncd-2

Tracks : Tutankhamen, TKHKE, Jazz Death?, Congliptious / Old, Carefree (take 1), Carefree (take 2)

Musicians : Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Robert Crowder

There are two bonus tracks on this CD reissue of the album that was originally released in 1968 on LP.

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All Music, Warne Marsh, 2004, Nessa ncd-7

Tracks : I Have A Good One For You, Background Music, On Purpose, 317 East 32nd, Lunarcy, Easy Living, Subconscious-Lee, On Purpose (Alt Take), A Time For Love, I Have A Good Time For You (Alt Take), I Have A Good Time For You (Alt Take), I Have A Good Time For You (Alt Take), I Have A Good Time For You (Alt Take), I Have A Good Time For You (Alt Take)

Musicians : Warne Marsh, Lou Levy, Fred Atwood, Jake Hanna

Originally released on LP in 1976. Seven bonus tracks added to this CD release.

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Nonaah, Roscoe Mitchell, 2008, Nessa ncd-9/10

Tracks : Nonaah, Ericka, Nonaah, Off Five Dark Six, A1 Tal 2La, Tahquemnon, Improvisation 1, Ballad, Nonaah, Sing, Improvisation 2, Sing, Chant, Off Five Dark Six

Musicians : Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis(track 6), Anthony Braxton (track 4), Henry Threadgill (track 9), Joseph Jarman (track 9), Wallace McMillan (track 9), Muhal Richard Abrams (track 6), Malachi Favors (track 5)

Originally released as a double LP in 1977. Five solo bonus tracks have been added for this double CD release.

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Serenade & Blues, Von Freeman, 2008, Nessa ncd-11

Tracks : Serenade In Blue, After Dark, Time After Time, Von Freeman's Blues, I;ll Close My Eyes

Musicians : Von Freeman, John Young, David Shipp, Wilbur Campbell

Originally released on LP in 1979. The CD has one bonus track.

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Air Time, Air, 1996/2008, Nessa ncd-12

Tracks : I'll Be Right Here Waiting..., No. 2, G.v.E., Subtraction, Keep Right On Playing Thru the Mirror Over the Water

Musicians : Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, Steve McCall

Originally released on LP in 1978. There are no bonus tracks on the CD release.

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L-R-G / The Maze / S II Examples, Roscoe Mitchell, 1989/2009, Nessa ncd-14

Tracks : L-R-G, The Maze, S II Examples

Musicians : Roscoe Mitchell, Leo Smith, George Lewis, Joseph Jarman, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Malachi Favors, Thurman Barker, Don Moye, Douglas Ewart

Originally released on a double LP in 1978. This single CD has no bonus tracks but does include all the music from the original.

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Saga of the Outlaws, Charles Tyler, 2009, Nessa ncd-16

Tracks : Saga Of The Outlaws

Musicians : Charles Tyler, Earl Cross, John Ore, Ronnie Boykins, Steve Reid

Originally released on LP in 1978. The CD has no bonus tracks.

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Bobby Bradford with John Stevens and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, 2009, Nessa ncd-17/18

Tracks : His Majesty Louis, Bridget's Mother, Room 408, Tolerance / To Bob, Trane Ride / Ornette-ment / Doo Dee, Norway, Rhythm Piece, Fragment

Musicians : Bobby Bradford, John Stevens, Bob Norden, Trevor Watts, Ron Herman, Julie Tippetts

Trane Ride / Ornette-ment / Doo Dee, Bridget's Mother, Tolerance / To Bob were originally released on an LP on Freedom in 1974. All tracks on this CD release were first released on Nessa on two single LPs in 1980 and 1981.

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Spirit Catcher, Wadada Leo Smith, 2009, Nessa ncd-19

Tracks : Images, The Burning Of Stones, Spirit Catcher, The Burning Of Stones (alt take)

Musicians : Wadada Leo Smith, Dwight Andrews, Bobby Naughton, Wes Brown, Pheeroan ak Laff, Irene Emanuel, Carol Emanuel, Ruth Emanuel (harp) Dwight Andrews

Originally released on LP in 1980. The CD has one bonus track.

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Snurdy McGurdy And Her Dancin' Shoes, Roscoe Mitchell And The Sound Ensemble, 2003, Nessa ncd-20

Tracks : Sing/Song, CYP, Stomp And The Far East Blues, March, Round, Snurdy McGurdy And Her Dancin' Shoes

Musicians : Roscoe Mitchell, Hugh Ragin, A. Spencer Barefield, Jaribu Shahid, Tani Tabbal

Originally released on LP in 1981. The CD release has no bonus material.

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NRG Ensemble, Hal Russell, 2012, Nessa ncd-21

Tracks : Uncontrolable Rages, Kit Kat, Linda Jazz Princess, Seven Spheres, Lost Or?, C Melody Mania

Musicians : Hal Russell, Chuck Burdelik, Brian Sandstrom, Curt Bley, Steve Hunt

Originally released in 1981 on LP. This CD release has two bonus tracks.

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Indian Summer, Eddie Johnson, 2011, Nessa ncd-22

Tracks : Self Portrait (of the Bean), Indian Summer, The Choice, Blue Star, Splanky, Misty Thursday, My Baby Just Cares for Me, I'm Old Fashioned

Musicians : Eddie Johnson, Paul Serrano, John Young, Eddie de Haas, George Hughes

Originally released on LP in 1981. This CD release has one bonus track.

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The Missing Link, Fred Anderson, 1996, Nessa ncd-23

Tracks : Twilight, A Ballad For Rita, The Bull, Tabla Piece

Musicians : Fred Anderson, Larry Hayrod, Hamid Hank Drake, Adam Rudolph

Originally released on LP in 1984. This CD release has one bonus track.

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Generation, Hal Russell NRG Ensemble with Charles Tyler, 2014, Nessa ncd-25

Tracks : Sinus Up, Poodle Cut, Sponge, Tatwas, Cascade, Generation, This Fence ia a Loving Machine, Uncontrollable Rages

Musicians : Hal Russell, Charles Tyler, Chuck Burdelik, Brian Sandstrom, Curt Bley, Steve Hunt

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Procession of the Great Ancestry, Wadada Leo Smith, 2009, Nessa ncd-26

Tracks : Blues: Jah Jah Is the Perfect Love, Procession of the Great Ancestry (for Miles Davis), The Flower That Seeds the Earth (for Booker Little), The Third World, Grainery of Pure Earth (for Roy Eldridge), Who Killed David Walker?, Celestial Sparks in the Sanctuary of Redemption (for Dizzy Gillespie), Nuru Light: The Prince of Peace (for Martin Luther King)

Musicians : Wadada Leo Smith, John Powell, Bobby Naughton, Louis Myers, Joe Fonda, Mchaka Uba, Kahil El Zabar

Originally released on Chief Records.

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Old/Quartet Sessions, Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble, 2011, Nessa ncd-27/28

Tracks : Old, Quartet No. 2, Solo, Trio (Oh Susanna), Theme Statements: Slow Theme/Bell Song/Fast Theme/Chinese Song, Tatas-Matoes (Rehearsal), Quartet No. 1

Musicians : Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Phillip Wilson

Some of this music on this double CD release was originally released on the single LP Old/Quartet in 1975.

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Early Combinations, Art Ensemble, 2012, Nessa ncd-29

Tracks : A To Ericka, Quintet

Musicians : Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Charles Clark, Thurman Barker

Tracks recorded in 1967 and originally released on the 1993 box set Art Ensemble 1967/68

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Vonski Speaks, Von Freeman, 2009, Nessa ncd-30

Tracks : Von's Greeting, Vonski Speaks, Von's Intro to..., Darn That Dream, Summertime, Blues For Sunnyland

Musicians : Von Freeman, Mike Allemana, Jack Zarra, Michael Raynor

Recorded live in Berlin in 2002.

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All The Numbers, Lester Bowie, 2009, Nessa ncd-31/32

Tracks : The Trio Session: August 11, 1967: Warm Up, Number 2, Number 1 / The Quartet Session: August 25, 1967: Number 2 take 4, Number 2 take 6, Number 2 take 7

Musicians : Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors

Some of the music on this double CD was originally released in 1967 on the single LP Numbers 1 & 2.

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6 Duos (Wesleyan) 2006, Anthony Braxton and John McDonough, 2010, Nessa ncd-33

Tracks : Finnish Line, Improvisation, Hail To The Spirit Of Liberty, Massive Breath Attack, Composition 168 + (103), Schizoid

Musicians : Anthony Braxton and John McDonough

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Before There Was Sound, Roscoe Mitchell, 2011, Nessa ncd-34

Tracks : Mr. Freddy, Green, Outer Space, Carefree, Akhenaten, And There Was Peace, Jo Jar, Carefree #2

Musicians : Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Berry, Malachi Favors, Alvin Fielder

Recorded in 1965.

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Circumstantial, Ira Sullivan, 2014, Nessa ncd-35

Tracks : The Girl From Ipanema, Monday’s Dance, Circumstantial, Stranger In Paradise, Angel Eyes, That’s Earl, Brother, Blues For Johnny Bratton

Musicians : Ira Sullivan, Jodie Christian, Simon Salz, Dan Shapera, Wilbur Campbell

Tracks 1 to 6 were originally released on the album "Ira Sullivan" on Flying Fish in 1978. Track 7 is released for the first time on this CD.

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Silver Cornet, Bradford / Gjerstad Quartet, 2014, Nessa ncd-36

Tracks : Silver Cornet Tells / A Story About You / And Me, Me And You

Musicians : Bobby Bradford, Frode Gjerstad, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Frank Rosaly

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Last updated December 2014