Ever the firebird, Sonny Simmons lights up what might have been just another good album of what used to be called loft jazz. Though he is approaching 70, Simmons’ alto saxophone still has the brawny cry that made his ’60s albums on ESP and Arhoolie minor classics. The same can be said of his writing. Additionally, his English horn has become more piquant. Within the context of the Cosmosamatics-a co-op quartet with straight saxophone specialist Michael Marcus, ubiquitous bassist William Parker and drummer Jay Rosen-Simmons also has the opportunity to mingle and banter with a compatible front-line partner, much in the manner of his vintage work with Prince Lasha and Barbara Donald.
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