I have seen the stage lights playthe sly sagacity of Henry's smile:the lightning on his lips, decadesdark with spattered starlight coming back to his eyes.To win words from that smilethat opens like a jackknifedrawing blood from parchment spurting the sanguine melodythe black sage spun like spiderin fury wrapping Ayler's axe--it is a dream, unless the song of '66 wire its sound and touchthe new decade... Blade slicesagain in air, ...read more
Henry Grimes, Newman Taylor Baker, Lee Mixashawn Rozie and Connie CrothersThe StoneEast VillageNew York, NY John Zorn honored the great Henry Grimes, bassist and violinist, with a month of 75th birthdays" this November, consisting of a curatorship of his venue, The Stone, together with his wife, Margaret. A long weekend spent in New York City gave me a window on this important event, which marks a benchmark in the extraordinary and miraculous resurrection of the artist after a 35-year absence. Since coming back out of this time of personal crisis Grimes has risen above himself, ...read more
Signs Along The Road Henry Grimes Soft cover; 128 pages ISBN: 978-3-00-020142-4 Buddy's Knife 2007
Bassist Henry Grimes was one of the leading lights on the free jazz scene in the 1960s, playing with many of the music's most famous names, including pianist Cecil Taylor, multi-instrumentalist Don Cherry, reed player Pharoah Sanders and saxophonist Albert Ayler. Financial struggle forced him away from jazz and in 1968 he stopped playing. But fortunately, several years later, he met his future wife and manager, Margaret Davis, who back in 2002, started ...read more
Henry Grimes The Call ESP Disk 2008
The disappearance and re-emergence of Henry Grimes after almost 30 years is one of jazz music's great resurrection stories. The Juilliard-trained double bassist, who began his career in the late 1950s with the likes of clarinetist Benny Goodman and saxophonist Gerry Mulligan before becoming an avatar of the avant-garde in the bands of saxophonist Albert Ayler and pianist Cecil Taylor, vanished at the height of his acclaim to a life of obscurity on the West Coast, to return in 2003 through the assistance of fans ...read more
Bassist Henry Grimes was a seminal figure within progressive jazz and jazz-based improvisation back in the '50s and '60s. His relevance and resume contains stints with a who's who of jazz stalwarts. As Grimes' migration from Los Angeles to New York City in 2003 looms as one of the more heartening stories within this idiom, after disappearing from the scene for thirty-five years.
Grimes was rediscovered in Los Angeles by a Georgia social worker and ardent admirer back in 2002. Moving forward, the artist received a bass from William Parker, which helped reestablish his musicality and presence. Here, ...read more
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Steve Swell-Gebhard Ullmann Quartet; Bobby Few and Sonny Simmons; Henry Grimes with Sabir Mateen Quartet; Connie Crother; Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quintet
13th Annual Vision Festival Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center New York City Friday, June 13, 2008
For the second of the week's panel discussions on Friday afternoon at the Vision Festival, the topic was Jazz Factions," with representation drawn from across the creative music spectrum, including several musicians in the audience. ...read more
Henry Grimes & Oluyemi Thomas The Power of Light Not Two 2007 Henry Grimes & Rashied Ali Going to the Ritual Porter Records 2008
Which are the more conducive to creativity: first time meetings or established partnerships? On this evidence, bassist Henry Grimes favors the former. While Grimes has been very actively touring since his fabled return, he has not been so prolific in recorded output, so these two first-time duets ...read more
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