Thursday 1 July 2010

A Jimmy Lyons mega-post

Jimmy Lyons X 6 LP's

I've been looking for Jimmy Lyons' records for a long time, to no avail, and then, boom, I found three within a week, and none from Ebay. Lucky me I suppose.

The one I had before was the glorious Other Afternoons, which in my opinion is definitely one of the best BYG's and one of Jimmy's best as well. Since it is available already at another blog, I wont post it here, but help your self to Inconstant Sol: Other Afternoons

Now for the ones I found, in cronological order, but from the newest to oldest.

Jimmy Lyons Quintet: Give It Up
(Black Saint BSR 0087, 1985)

Enrico Rava - trumpet, flugelhorn
Jimmy Lyons - alto saxophone
Karen Borca - bassoon
Jay Oliver - bass
Paul Murphy - drums


And here's maybe my favourite of the three, a 1985 box-reissue of the 1981 original:

Jimmy Lyons & Sunny Murray Trio: Jump Up 2LP
(Hat Hut ART 2028, 1981/85)

Jimmy Lyons - alto saxophone
John Lindberg - bass
Sunny Murray - drums


And finally, the much sought after big boy:

Jimmy Lyons: Push Pull 3LP
(Hat Hut Y/Z/Z, 1979)

Jimmy Lyons - alto saxophone
Karen Borca - bassoon
Munner Bernard Fennell - cello
Hayes Burnett - bass
Roger Blank - drums

Part 1 HERE

Part 2 HERE

Part 3 HERE

Enjoy and do leave a comment.


  1. You must have been reading my mind. I was just looking for Push-Pull, one of the first HAT HUT records and something I don't think got a re-issue. I heard the sound was terrible. I have "Riffs" if you need it.

  2. Push, Pull is one I missed (and forgot) so I thank you very much. At first I couldn't relate to Jimmy Lyons without Cecil, I had seen them live (with Cyrille) and they had been one of my musical heights. Then I picked up the other Lp's he made as a leader or co-leader and it was another story, rewarding and beautiful.

  3. Thank you so much for these!

  4. thanks for this selection of Jimmy Lyons, who's something of an unknown to me, apart from CT at the Cafe Montmartre. I 've listened to the trio discs, fantastic line-up, and very intensive and thoughtful music.

  5. Thanks for this!

    Greatly enjoying Jump Up, What to do about

  6. Hey Gut, Riffs on Hat is also there on I.Sol,i posted it 18 months ago , perhaps the rs links are dead .... if you need it i'll re rip to mp3

  7. Thanks! I didn't notice that. Now, if I could just find the duo of Lyons and Cyrille, I'd be pretty happy.

  8. the black saint cd?

  9. Hi,
    Just discovered your wonderful blog, thanks for sharing all this stuff with us music addicts!
    Respect & greetings

  10. Thank you very much. Every contemporary avant alto player must acknowledge Jimmy in his or her playing. Thanks again for this great music.

  11. the gut said...

    Thanks! I didn't notice that. Now, if I could just find the duo of Lyons and Cyrille, I'd be pretty happy.

    Hi there, fantastic blog! Great Lyons posts! As a thank you, i'll post the Cyrille/Lyons Duo here soon

    all the best

  12. Here we go guys:

    Jimmy Lyons with Andrew Cyrille - Something in return (what an appropriate title!):


    sorry for the double post

  13. Thank you for this forward thinking music!

  14. Thanks Moesgaard for that Lyons/Cyrille-disc, much appreciated.

  15. Thankyou for your kindness in putting this up here.
    'Sound' be damned - Lyons - and Borca - are exceptionally alive and beautiful

  16. I've only recently discovered your "place" and, my, what an inviting place it is! Thanks for all the rare and important music you share here. Your taste is impeccable. I've come to trust your recommendations. Bravo!

  17. Finally, after decades. Thank you for the EDUCATION and for your generosity.

  18. The links on Push Pull are down. I would be forever grateful if they reposted (please and thank you).

  19. Try here for Push Pull and Jump Up now- posted October 2014