Music is a rare thing. Left to lone interpretation, sound in the form of music, has no dedicated form. If music is to have any future significance beyond pop culture relic, it should have no formula at all. And if authenticity is defined by honesty, the improvisers creating unrelenting radical music are honorable. Perhaps to a fault, since society, with its narrow-minded classifications and clich'd impressions, punishes honorable men. Has Kalaparusha Maurice McIntrye been punished? Answering that would require you have an educated opinion on whether Charles Gayle was punished, whether Henry Grimes was punished, and whether Grachan Moncur III ...read more
Ceasing a long hiatus from recording with a date for Delmark in late 1997 as part of the Bright Moments ensemble, Kalaparush seemed on the verge of a much belated renascence. Two sessions for CIMP followed, the first as leader in 1999 and the second as a member of Luther Thomas’ Quintet in 2000. Sadly all three efforts failed to fan awareness of his art much beyond the niche of a small, but dedicated audience. His sophomore effort at the helm for CIMP seeks similar ingress into larger circles of listenership and if there’s any justice he will succeed in ...read more
When it comes to notoriety and recognition the lineage of the AACM is a strange one. Some of the Association’s pioneering members, such as those in the Art Ensemble of Chicago, have garnered lasting and consistent acclaim. Others like Fred Anderson and Maurice McIntyre who were equally important to the collective’s development fell into obscurity for a myriad of reasons. Through a string of relatively recent recordings both the men mentioned have turned the tide of anonymity. But to those listeners just becoming acquainted with these wizened pillars of Windy City’s creative music scene a look back into the dearth ...read more
The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) will be celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The Chicago-based collective’s contributions to creative improvised music are immeasurable. As a continuous advocate and outlet for creative cultural expression the AACM ranks at the top of musical collectives both in terms of longevity and quality of purpose. Though the association as a whole has managed to persevere the lean finances and tough times that have marked jazz music’s recent history, many of the individual members have not been so lucky. McIntyre is one such casualty. As one of the earliest members of ...read more
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