-BACK TO RESTRUCTURES-
-RELOAD PAGE WITH FRAMES-

Clifford Thornton Discography

compiled by Jason Guthartz
last updated:  03-May-2008

Born September 6, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
Died November 25, 1983, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Chronological listing of recordings featuring Clifford Thornton.
(+) following the title of a recording indicates that the record includes other tracks not listed here on which Thornton does not play.

Please take a look at the missing info page and let me know if you can help fill in the blanks.


Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra
Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow
(+)

Saturn 9956 (LP, 1965); Saturn LP 404; KH 98766; CPLS 5421 F; Impulse! 9294 (LP never issued); Saturn 9956 (LP, 2001)
Evidence 22036 (CD, 1992) with Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy

1. Infinity of the Universe (Sun Ra) [7:11]

Sun Ra (p, perc)
Clifford Thornton (tpt)
Marshall Allen (sticks, perc)
John Gilmore (dragon-d, bcl)
Pat Patrick (perc)
Ronnie Boykins (b)
Clifford Jarvis (d)

1962 – ??
Choreographers' Workshop
New York, NY (USA)


The Marzette Watts Ensemble
Marzette & Company

ESP-Disk 1044 (LP, 1966); Get Back 1032 (LP, 2002)
ESP-Disk 1044 (CD); Abraxas (CD, Italy); Calibre 1044 (CD, 2003)

1. Backdrop for Urban Revolution (Marzette Watts) [17:54]
2. Ia (Marzette Watts) [6:03]
3. Geno (Marzette Watts) [13:18]

Marzette Watts (bcl, ts, ss)
Byard Lancaster (as, fl, bcl)
Clifford Thornton (tpt, cor)
Henry Grimes (b)
Sonny Sharrock (g)
Karl Berger (vib)
J.C. Moses (d)
Art " Juni" Booth (b) on #1

1966 – December 8
??
New York, NY (USA)


Clifford Thornton New Art Ensemble
Freedom & Unity

Third World 9636 (LP, 1969) with edited version of #9 and without #10-11
Atavistic/Unheard Music Series UMS225CD (CD, 2001)

1. Free Huey (Avent) [13:10]
2. 15th Floor (Sonny King) [8:51]
3. Miss Oula (Sonny King) [4:43]
4. Kevin (The Theme) (Clifford Thornton) [0:21]
5. Exosphere (J Virgilio) [10:09]
6. Uhuru (Sonny King) [8:28]
7. "O.C.T." (Joe McPhee) [4:30]
8. The Wake - complete version (Harold Avent [14:13]
9. Babe's Dilemma (Edward Avent [5:09]
10. "O.C.T." - alternate take (Joe McPhee) [6:23]

NOTE:  recorded the day after John Coltrane's funeral; the original LP liner notes were written by Ornette Coleman and Archie Shepp.

Clifford Thornton (v-tb)
Sonny King (as)
Karl Berger (vib)
Don Moore (b)
Harold (Nunding) Avent (d)
Joe McPhee (tpt) on #7, 9, 10
Jimmy Garrison (b) on #7, 9, 10
Edward Avent (cor) on #1, 8
Tyrone Crabb (b) on #1, 8

1967 – July 22
Sound City Studios
New York, NY (USA)


Archie Shepp
Live at the Pan-African Festival

BYG/Actuel 529.351 (LP); Affinity 41; Get Back 351 (LP, 2002)
Sunspots 547 (CD); included on Fuel 2000 302-061-156-2 (2-CD); Charly CDGR 292-2 (2-CD, 2000); Charly SNAF 819

1. Brotherhood at Ketchaoua (Archie Shepp) [15:55]
2. We Have Come Back (Archie Shepp / Ted Joans) [31:19]

Archie Shepp (ts)
Clifford Thornton (cor)
Grachan Moncur III (tb) 
unidentified Algerian musicians
Dave Burrell (p) on #2
Alan Silva (b) on #2
Sunny Murray (d) on #2 
unidentified Tuareg musicians on #2

1969 – July 29-30
Pan-African Festival
Algiers (Algeria)


Archie Shepp
Yasmina, a Black Woman
(+)

BYG/Actuel 529.304 (LP)
Charly 328164 (CD, 2003); Sunspots 519 (CD, 2004); included on Charly/Affinity CD AFF 771 (2-CD, 1990)

1. Yasmina, a Black Woman (Archie Shepp) [20:08]
2. Body and Soul (Green / Heyman / Sour / Eyton) [6:29]

Archie Shepp (ts, voc)
Clifford Thornton (cor)
Lester Bowie (tpt)
Arthur Jones (as)
Roscoe Mitchell (bsx)
Dave Burrell (p)
Malachi Favors (b)
Earl Freeman (b)
Philly Joe Jones (d)
Sunny Murray (d)
Art Taylor (rhythm logs)
Laurence Devereaux (bal)

1969 – August 12
??
Paris (France)


Dave Burrell
Echo

BYG/Actuel 529.320 (LP)
Get Back 320 (CD, 2001); Sunspots 525 (CD, 2004)

1. Echo (Dave Burrell) [20:21]
2. Peace (Dave Burrell) [22:04]

Clifford Thornton (cor)
Grachan Moncur III (tb)
Arthur Jones (as)
Archie Shepp (ts)
Dave Burrell (p)
Alan Silva (b)
Sunny Murray (d)

1969 – August 13
??
Paris (France)


Sunny Murray
Homage to Africa

BYG 529.303 / Actuel 3 (LP); v/a - History of Jazz Vol. 10 BYG 529.610 (LP)
Sunspots 550 (CD, 2004)

1. Suns of Africa, Pt. 1 (Sunny Murray) [15:24]
2. Suns of Africa, Pt. 2 (Sunny Murray) [2:42]
3. R.I.P. (Sunny Murray) [9:30]
4. Unity (Sunny Murray) [6:55]

Sunny Murray (d)
Clifford Thornton (cor)
Lester Bowie (tpt, flgn)
Grachan Moncur III (tb)
Roscoe Mitchell (as, fl)
Kenneth Terroade (ts, fl)
Archie Shepp (ts)
Dave Burrell (p)
Alan Silva (b)
Malachi Favors (balafon, bl) 
Earl Freeman (tmp, bl)
Arthur Jones (gong, tam, bl)
Jeanne Lee (voc, bl)

1969 – August 15
??
Paris (France)


Clifford Thornton
Ketchaoua

BYG/Actuel 529.323 (Actuel 23) (LP); Get Back 323 (LP)

1. Ketchaoua (Clifford Thornton) [12:35]
2. Pan African Festival (Clifford Thornton) [7:50]
3. Brotherhood (Clifford Thornton) [10:40]
4. Speak With Your Echo (and Call This a Dialogue) (Clifford Thornton) [9:15]

Clifford Thornton (cor, cga)
Beb Guerin (b)
Earl Freeman (cga, gong, perc, b on #4)
Archie Shepp (ss) on #1, 2
Grachan Moncur III (tb) on #1, 2
Dave Burrell (p, bl) on #1, 2
Sunny Murray (d) on #1, 2
Arthur Jones (as) on #1-3
Claude Delcloo (d) on #3

1969 – August 18
??
Paris (France)


Claude Delcloo / Arthur Jones
Africanasia

BYG 529.306 / Actuel 6 (LP); Get Back GET 306 (LP, 2002, Italy)

1. Africanasia, part 1 (Claude Delcloo) [19:16]
2. Africanasia, part 2 (Claude Delcloo) [17:36]

Claude Delcloo (d)
Arthur Jones (as)
Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Kenneth Terroade (fl)
Clifford Thornton (cga)
Malachi Favors (log-dr)
Earl Freeman (gong, bell, perc)

1969 – August 22
Studio Saravah
Paris (France)


Archie Shepp
Black Gypsy

America 6099 (LP); Prestige 10034 (LP)
America/Universal 0678492 (CD)

1. Black Gypsy (Arnold / Beauchamp) [25:44]
2. Epitaph of a Small Winner: Rio de Janeiro / Casablanca / Chicago (Beauchamp) [22:40]

Archie Shepp (ss)
Clifford Thornton (tpt)
Noah Howard (as)
Julio Finn (hmca)
Dave Burrell (p)
Leroy Jenkins (vln)
Earl Freeman (b)
Sonny Murray (d)
Chicago Beauchamp (voc)

1969 – November 9
??
Paris (France)


Archie Shepp
Pitchin' Can

America 6106 (LP) with session 2 below
included on Black Gypsy, America/Universal 0678492 (CD)

3. Pitchin' Can (Cal Massey) [7:50] 
CD: [7:35]

Archie Shepp (ss)
Clifford Thornton (tpt)
Noah Howard (as)
Julio Finn (hmca)
Dave Burrell (p)
Leroy Jenkins (vln)
Earl Freeman (b)
Sonny Murray (d)
Chicago Beauchamp (voc)

1969 – November 9
??
Paris (France)

info here


Archie Shepp & the Full Moon Ensemble
Live in Antibes, Vol. 1

BYG 529.338 / Actuel 38 (LP); included on  BYG 529338-9 (2-LP); Get Back 338 (LP, 2002)
Sunspots 534 (CD); Varese 061255 (CD, 2002); included on Fuel 2000 302-061-156-2 (2-CD)

1. The Early Bird, Pt. 1 (Archie Shepp) [22:16]
2. The Early Bird, Pt. 2 (Archie Shepp) [26:32]

Archie Shepp (ts, p, voc)
Clifford Thornton (tpt, p)
Alan Shorter (flgn)
Joseph Dejean (g)
Beb Guérin (b)
Claude Delcloo (d)

1970 – July 18
??
Antibes (France)


Archie Shepp & the Full Moon Ensemble
Live in Antibes, Vol. 2

BYG 529.339 / Actuel 39 (LP); included on BYG 529338-9; Get Back 338 (LP, 2002) 
Sunspots 538 (CD); Varese 061255 (CD, 2002)

1. Huru, Pt. 1 (Archie Shepp) [4:06]
2. Huru, Pt. 2 (Archie Shepp) [22:36]

Archie Shepp (ts, p, voc)
Clifford Thornton (tpt, p)
Alan Shorter (flgn)
Joseph Dejean (g)
Beb Guérin (b)
Claude Delcloo (d)

1970 – July 20
??
Antibes (France)


Archie Shepp
Pitchin Can

America 6106 (LP) with session 1 above

1. UHURU (Dawn of Freedom), Part 1 (Archie Shepp) [17:00]
2. UHURU (Dawn of Freedom), Part 2 (Archie Shepp) [9:10]

Archie Shepp (ts)
Lester Bowie (tpt)
Alan Shorter (flgn)
Clifford Thornton (v-tb)
Bobby Few (p)
Bob Reid (b)
Muhammad Ali (d)
Djibrill (cga)
Ostaine Blue Warner (perc)

1970 – July 23
Studio Decca
Paris (France)

[info here]


Archie Shepp
Coral Rock

America 6103 (LP); Prestige 10066 (LP)

1. Coral Rock (Alan Shorter) [21:35]
2. I Should Care (Cahn / Stordahl / Weston) [14:05]

Archie Shepp (ts, p)
Lester Bowie (tpt) [erroneously listed as Joseph Jarman]
Alan Shorter (flgn)
Clifford Thornton (v-tb)
Bobby Few (p)
Bob Reid (b)
Muhammad Ali (d)
Djibrill (cga)
Ostaine Blue Warner (perc)

1970 – July 23
Studio Decca
Paris (France)


Clifford Thornton Quartet
The Panther & The Lash

America 6113 (LP, 1971)
America/Universal Music 0678692 (CD, 2004)

1. Huey is Free (Clifford Thornton) [12:18]
2. El Fath (Clifford Thornton) [13:34]
3. Tout le Pouvoir au Peuple (François Tusques) [4:22]
4. Paysage Désolé (François Tusques) [3:27]
5. Right On! (François Tusques) [3:37]
6. Shango - Aba l'Ogun (trad. West Africa) [11:30]
7. Mahiya Illa Zalab (trad. Tunisia) [4:53]

Clifford Thornton (cor, shn, v-tb, p, maracas)
François Tusques (p, cel, balafon, maracas)
Beb Guérin (b)
Noel McGhie (d, perc)

1970 – November 7
La Maison de la Radio
Paris (France)


Joe McPhee & Survival Unit II
At WBAI's Free Music Store, 1971

hatART 6197 (CD, ltd. ed. of 1500)

1. Announcement 1 [0:33]
2. Black Magic Man (Joe McPhee) [6:26]
3. Announcement 2 [0:35]
4. Nation Time (Joe McPhee) [14:13]
5. Song for Lauren (Joe McPhee) [13:17]
6. Announcement [0:33]
7. Message from Denmark (dedicated to Denmark Vesey) (Joe McPhee) [13:39]
8. The Looking Glass  (Joe McPhee) [16:01]
9. Harriet (dedicated to Harriet Tubman) (Joe McPhee) [13:35]

NOTE:  CD note by Joe McPhee: "This music is offered in loving memory of my good friend and musical mentor, Clifford Thornton."

Joe McPhee (tpt, ts)
Clifford Thornton (bar-hn, cor)
Byron Morris (ss, as)
Mike Kull (p)
Harold E. Smith (perc)

1971 – October 30
WBAI
New York, NY (USA)


Clifford Thornton Ensemble
Communications Network

Third World 12272 (LP)

1. Communications Network, Part 1 (Clifford Thornton) [11:55]
2. Communications Network, Part 2 (Clifford Thornton) [5:38]
3. Festivals and Funerals (Clifford Thornton) [24:50]

Clifford Thornton (cor; el-p on #1-2)
Jerome Cooper (d, perc) on #1-2
Lakshminarayana Shankar (vln) on #1-2
Sirone (b) on #1-2
Jayne Cortez (voc) on #3
Nathan Davis (ss) on #3
Jay Hoggard (vib) on #3
Andy Gonzalez (b) on #3
Vincent George (perc, cga) on #3
Jerry Gonzalez (perc, cga) on #3
Nicky Marrero (perc, tim) on #3

1972 – January 22 (#1-2)
ABC Stage City
New York, NY (USA)

1972 – April 17 (#3)
Festival of African-American Music
New York, NY (USA)

[info from Ingo]


Archie Shepp
Attica Blues (+)

Impulse! AS-9222 (LP, 1972)
GRP/MCA MVCI-23038 (CD, 1991); Impulse! (CD, 2001); Impulse! 654414 (CD, 2003)

1. Attica Blues (Archie Shepp / William G. Harris) [4:48]
2. Blues For Brother George Jackson (Archie Shepp) [4:00]
3. Good Bye Sweet Pops (Cal Massey) [4:22]
4. Quiet Dawn (Cal Massey) [6:10]

Archie Shepp (ts on #1, 2, 4; ss on #3)
Henry Hull (lead-voc) on #1
Joshie Armstead, Albertine Robinson (back-voc) on #1
Waheeda Massey (voc) on #4
Roy Burrowes, Michael Ridley, Charles McGhee (tpt)
Clifford Thornton (cor)
Cal Massey (flgn) on #4
Charles Stephens, Kiane Zawadi, Charles Greenlee (tb)
Hakim Jami (euph)
Marion Brown (as) on #1, 2
Clarence White (as)
Billy Robinson, Roland Alexander (ts)
James Ware (bar)
Leroy Jenkins, John Blake, Lakshminarayana Shankar (vln)
Roland Lipscomb, Calo Scott (clo)
Walter Davis,Jr. (el-p)
Cornell Dupree (g)
Roland Wilson (el-b)
Gerald Jemmott (el-b) on #1
Jimmy Garrison (b) on #3, 4
Beaver Harris (d) on #1, 2
Billy Higgins (d) on #3, 4
Ollie Anderson, Juma Sutan, Nene DeFense (perc)
Romulus Franceschini (conductor) on #3, 4
RoMasa (arrangements) on #3, 4

1972 – January 24-26
A&R Recording
New York, NY (USA)


Clifford Thornton / The Jazz Composer's Orchestra
The Gardens of Harlem

JCOA Records 1008 (LP, 1975); Trio PA-7135 (LP, Japan)

1. Ogún Bára (Clifford Thornton) [5:46]
2. O Desãyo (Clifford Thornton) [8:02]
3. Agbadzá  (Clifford Thornton) [9:42]
4. Changó Obarí  (Clifford Thornton) [4:33]
5. Aïn Salah  (Clifford Thornton) [8:16]
6. Gospel Ballade  (Clifford Thornton) [4:44]
7. Sweet Oranges  (Clifford Thornton) [1:08]
8. Blues City  (Clifford Thornton) [8:57]

ritmo africano:
    Kobena Adzenyah (nnawuronta, apentima, oprenten, ntrowa, conga, sogo, atsimevu)
    Jerry Gonzales (kónkolo bata, kaganu, quinto, tumba, bell, palos)
    Milton Cardona (itótele bata, tumba)
    Gene Golden (iyá bata, tumba, palos)
    Vincent Jorge (tumba, axatse, conga)
    Asante Darkwa (gankogui, nnaronta, bell)
    Laxmi G.Tewari (axatse, kidi, ntrowa)
    Art Lewis (trap set)
    Andy Gonzales (b)
band:
    Carla Bley (p)
    Bob Stewart (tba)
    Charles Stevens (tb)
    Janice Robinson (tb)
    John Thompson (frhn)
    Gregory Williams (frhn)
    George Barrow (bar, fl)
    Pat Patrick (ts, ss)
    Roland Alexander (ts)
    Carlos Ward (as, fl)
    Dewey Redman (as, ts)
    Clifford Thornton (cor, v-tb, shn, cabasa, bl)
    Michael Ridley (tpt)
    Marvin Peterson (tpt)
    Leo Smith (tpt)
    Ted Daniel (tpt, flgn)

1974 – April 4
Blue Rock Studio
New York, NY (USA)


Reform Art Unit
Suite For Clifford

?? Granit 78402 / 1008 (?? cassette)

1. [

Clifford Thornton

1978 – September
??
Nickelsdorf (Austria)


Reform Art Unit
Impressions
(+)

R.A.U. 1010 (LP, 1978, Austria)
KKM RAU 1010-07-06 (CD, 1998, Austria)

1. Trio ACW (Braxton/Malli/Thornton) [25:03]

Anthony Braxton (as)
Walter Muhammad Malli (ss)
Clifford Thornton (tpt)

1978 – September 30
First International Music Workshop
Krems (Austria)


Joe Malinga's Mandala feat. Clifford Thornton
Tears for the Children of Soweto

Canova 113 (LP, 1980)
included on Ithi Gqi, Brambus (CD)

1. Umdrah (Malinga) [
2. African Mood (Malinga)
3. Tears (Malinga)
4. Usizi (Malinga)
5. Senecho (Malinga)
6. Nina's Dance (Malinga)
7. Jabula (Malinga)

Joe Malinga (as, fl, voc)
Runo Ericksson (b-tb)
Clifford Thornton (v-tb, perc) on #1-5, 7
Jurgen "Jux" Seefelder (ts) on #1-5, 7
Walter Gauchel (ts) on #1-5, 7
Johnny "Manhattan" Taylor (p) on #1-5, 7
Mike Guilford (b) on #1-5, 7
Bruning v. Alten (d) on #1-5, 7
"Chris" (foot calabash) on #6

1980 – February 5-6
Phonag-Studio
Lindau, Zurich (Switzerland)

[info from Adam Lore via email of 26-Feb-2008]



MISSING ITEMS:

Jazzactuel:  BYG/Actuel 1969-1971
Charly (3-CD); Get Back (6-LP)


BACK TO TOP