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John Carter and Bobby Bradford: Mosaic Select 36

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If you’re an admirer of saxophonist-clarinetist John Carter and trumpeter Bobby Bradford’s musical union, you’ll surely appreciate the invaluable service provided by Mosaic with this three-disc set. Previously, if you wanted to hear these two West Coast freeboppers, you had to do some searching. Their music has never been easy to come by, something that Carter himself seemed to anticipate if the liner notes for the pair’s second album, Secrets (’73), are any indication.

Carter and Bradford were former Ornette Coleman acolytes turned L.A. visionaries, guys with day jobs-as school teachers-forced to grind away at the business of music-making on the side. This collection includes all of Secrets plus their ’69 debut Seeking, as well as a sizable stash of much-storied unreleased music from as late as mid-1979, a period when the two musicians had abandoned drums and bass entirely.

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