Sirone (musician)

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Birth nameNorris Jones
GenresJazz, Free jazz, avant-garde jazz.
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter

Norris Jones, better known as Sirone (September 28, 1940[1] – October 21, 2009)[2] was an American jazz bassist and composer.


Born in Atlanta, Georgia,[3] Sirone worked in Atlanta late in the 1950s and early in the 1960s with "The Group" alongside George Adams; he also recorded with R&B musicians such as Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson.[1] In 1966, in response to a call from Marion Brown, he moved to New York City,[4] where he co-founded the "Untraditional Jazz Improvisational Team" with Dave Burrell.[1] He also worked with Brown, Gato Barbieri, Pharoah Sanders, Noah Howard, Sonny Sharrock, Sunny Murray, Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, and Sun Ra,[1] as well as with John Coltrane when he was near the end of his career.[5]

He co-founded the Revolutionary Ensemble with Leroy Jenkins and Frank Clayton in 1971; Jerome Cooper later replaced Clayton in the ensemble, which was active for much of the decade.[1] In the 1970s and early 1980s Sirone recorded with Clifford Thornton, Roswell Rudd, Dewey Redman, Cecil Taylor, and Walt Dickerson.[1]

In the 1980s, he was member of Phalanx, a group with guitarist James "Blood" Ulmer, drummer Rashied Ali, and tenor saxophonist George Adams.

From 1989 he lived in Berlin, Germany where he was active with his group 'Concord' (with Ben Abarbanel-Wolff and Ulli Bartel.) He was involved in theater, film, and was a practicing Buddhist.

He died on October 21, 2009.[2]


As leader or co-leader[edit]

With the Revolutionary Ensemble

With Sabir Mateen and Andrew Barker

  • 2013: Infinite Flowers (Sagittarius A-Star)

With Oluyemi Thomas and Michael Wimberly

  • 2010: Beneath Tones Floor (NoBusiness Records)

As sideman[edit]

With George Adams

With The All Ear Trio (John Tchicai, Thomas Agergaard, and Peter Ole Jorgensen)

  • 2008: Boiler (Ninth World Music)

With Albert Ayler

With Billy Bang

With Gato Barbieri

  • 1967: In Search of the Mystery (ESP-Disk)

With Dane Belany

  • 1975: Motivations (Sahara Records)

With Marion Brown

With Dave Burrell

With Walt Dickerson

With Zusaan Kali Fasteau

  • 2004: Making Waves (Flying Note)

With Charles Gayle

With Noah Howard

With The Jazz Composer's Orchestra

with William Parker

With Phalanx

With Dewey Redman

With Pharoah Sanders

With Sonny Sharrock

With Cecil Taylor

With Clifford Thornton

  • 1972: Communications Network (Third World)



  1. ^ a b c d e f Sirone Allmusic
  2. ^ a b "Sirone, 'Revolutionary' Bassist, Dies". Retrieved 30 November 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ John Fordham Obituary, The Guardian, 9 November 2009
  4. ^ Wilmer, Val (2009). As Serious As Your Life. Serpent's Tail. p. 186.
  5. ^ Wilmer, Val (2009). As Serious As Your Life. Serpent's Tail. p. 33.
  6. ^ "Artistry - Sirone - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 November 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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