Ted Curson: Atypical Ted
A dogmatic approach to playing one's own way that has marked the work of his mentors - Mingus, Miles, Dolphy and Cecil - is what defines Curson's incredibly difficult to pinpoint approach, one that seems to hit every adjective in the book while harping on none. Curson's clear aesthetic is what, ironically, has led him into the non-jazz public as well - the composition "Tears for Dolphy is in three films, including Vincent Gallo's infamous Brown Bunny and he is slated to play the UK's All Tomorrow's Parties festival this summer. Yet it is that iconoclastic perseverance which is so necessary in keeping one's spirit out of the quicksand.
· Ted Curson - Fire Down Below (Prestige-OJC, 1962)
· Ted Curson - Tears for Dolphy (Fontana-Freedom-Black Lion, 1964)
· Charles Mingus - Mingus at Antibes (Atlantic, 1960)
· Archie Shepp - Fire Music (Impulse!, 1965)
· Ted Curson - Pop Wine (Futura, 1971)
· Ted Curson - Traveling On (Evidence, 1996)