Pat Patrick And The Baritone Saxophone Retinue - Sound Advice LP
Label: Art Yard
Sound Advice was originally released in 1977 by Sun Ra's El Saturn label, and this 2017 repress includes printed inner sleeve.
As composer, bandleader and full-time member of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Pat Patrick was a visionary musician whose singular contribution to the jazz tradition has not yet been fully recognized. As well as holding down the baritone spot in the Arkestra for 35 years, Patrick played flute and alto, composed in both jazz and popular idioms and was a widely respected musician, playing with Duke Ellington, Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, with whom he appeared on Africa/Brass (1961). But he is best known for his crucial contributions to key Sun Ra recordings including Angels And Demons At Play (1967), Jazz In Silhouette (1959) and The Nubians Of Plutonia (1967), among dozens of others. But as a bandleader, Patrick only released one LP, the almost mythical Sound Advice, recorded with his Baritone Saxophone Retinue, a unique gathering of baritone saxophone masters including Charles Davis and Rene McLean. Sound Advice is a deep-hued exploration of this special instrument, a lost masterpiece of Arkestrally-minded Ellingtonia on which higher adepts of the lower cosmic tones are heard in rare conference. This unique jazz masterpiece now returns to the limelight and has been released in collaboration with the Pat Patrick estate. Remastered and restored sound. Liner notes by scholar and musician Bill Banfield.