Pete La Roca – Turkish Women At The Bath


A “lost” classic of spiritual free jazz, Turkish Women is a charming session inspired by the decadent Ingres painting of the same name. This late 1960s session brought together the fiery, refined tenor sax of John Gilmore; the ruminative acoustic piano of (pre-fusion) Chick Corea; the heavy, hefty-duty bass of Walter Booker; and leader Pete LaRoca. LaRoca, who left music shortly after this 1967 session to devote his time to the art of law, is a contrapuntal percussionist who’s even credited in The Rough Guide to Jazz as “the first person to record a totally free-tempo drum solo.” It’s an ensemble effort, but longtime Sun Ra sideman Gilmore delivers a rare non-Arkestra performance that demonstrates why Coltrane was so clearly influenced by Gilmore’s tightly-controlled, sonic whirlwinds.


01. Turkis Women At The Bath
02. Dancing Girls
03. Love Planet
04. Marjoun
05. Bliss
06. Sin Street
07. And So

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