Monday, August 31, 2009

"New" Phill Musra and Michael Cosmic Track

Reedman and composer Phill Musra has given me permission to share this track with readers of Ni Kantu. The piece is titled "More Beautiful Vibrations from the Creator," and was recorded in 1986 in Los Angeles with Phill on tenor, Cosmic on alto, Mike Mowen on bass and Kay Ballard on drums. This tune, written by Musra, also appeared on the LP Musiki (Intex, 1974), under the leadership of drummer Huseyin Ertunc, and a fine document of the Musra-Cosmic-Ertunc cooperative group. Apparently it is Michael's last performance on the alto saxophone (he takes the second solo, egged on by Phill's honks).

Michael Cosmic also played piano and various other reeds; according to Phill, "he could play anything he put his hands on." It's a shame that he passed away in 2001, but luckily there are nuggets of great music that he left. His own LP, a scarce privately-pressed document entitled Peace in the World, is one of the scarcest free jazz/Boston improvisation albums, though Musra has confirmed the presence of master tapes and we can hope for its reissue in the not-too-distant future.

Until that time, hope you enjoy "More Beautiful Vibrations from the Creator," available here.


  1. Thanks Phill Thanks clifford :)

  2. Thx for sharing-I was lucky enough to find a nice copy of "the creator spaces" about a month ago, great stuff.

  3. Indeed, that's a cornerstone LP of self-produced 70s African-American music. Hopefully - somehow - it'll get reissued with decent distribution.