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ANDREW LAMB (saxophones, flutes) was born in Clinton, North Carolina and grew up in Chicago and in South Jamaica, Queens. Having studied with AACM charter member Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre, Mr. Lamb came into New York’s "avant-garde" community in the ’70s, becoming an active presence in the vibrant Bedford-Stuyvesant arts world at that time, and winning a Brooklyn Arts Council grant.

In 1994, he composed all the pieces on his first leader recording, "Portrait in the Mist" (Delmark), which featured vibraphonist Warren Smith, bassist Wilber Morris, and drummer Andrei Strobert. Andrew Lamb has since recorded duets with Warren Smith ("Duet," WISland, ’99 and "The Dogon Duo," Engine Studios, '05) and "Dance of the Prophet," a trio recording with Eugene Cooper and Andrei Strobert (Kiki Records). In 2003 his brilliant recording with Tom Abbs and Andrei Strobert, "Pilgrimage," was released on CIMP, featuring 1O original Andrew Lamb compositions; that year also brought the release of "Year of the Endless Moment" with his group The Moving Form (Engine Studios).

Andrew Lamb and his ensembles remain a regular presence in the New York area and have frequently played in the annual Vision Festival, which began in 1996. In 2001, Andrew took part in Alan Silva’s big-band project with the Sound Vision Orchestra; the following year he toured with AACM-affiliated drummer Alvin Fielder; in ’04, Henry Grimes’s trio with Andrew Lamb and Newman Taylor Baker was named "Best Jazz Trio" by NYPress in its "Best of Manhattan" issue. That trio also played in Berlin and at Edgefest (Ann Arbor, Michigan)and HotHouse, Chicago in ‘05. The Henry Grimes Quartet featuring Marshall Allen, Andrew Lamb, and Hamid Drake played on opening night of the 1Oth annual Vision Festival in New York City.

Always, Andrew Lamb’s music rises out of the African-American jazz, blues, and church traditions and is deeply spiritual, profoundly emotional, and readily accessible to all who hear him.

Wrote Steven Loewy for "All Music Guide," Andrew Lamb is "a serious musician seeking to uplift his soul through art, and, like John Coltrane and his progeny, Lamb’s vehicle is the psalm-like expression of his tenor saxophone. The results reflect his quest, testifying to his musical abilities, enormous potential, and depth of character."


Album Review

Andrew Lamb: Rhapsody In Black

Read "Rhapsody In Black" reviewed by John Sharpe

In spite of a more than three decades on the New York City front line, saxophonist Andrew Lamb remains something of an unknown quantity. Over that time he has amassed only eight leadership dates, the majority on small independent labels. To that total can be added Rhapsody In Black, a live blowing session from 2008 which feels as if it could have been recorded any time since the late '70s. Indeed, Lamb imbues his sound with the spirituality of late ...

Multiple Reviews

Andrew Lamb: The Dogon Duo & Year of the Endless Moment

Read "Andrew Lamb: The Dogon Duo & Year of the Endless Moment" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Andre Lamb/Warren Smith The Dogon Duo Engine Studios 2005

Multi-reedist Andrew Lamb teams up with percussionist Warren Smith to form the Dogon Duo, whose self-titled disc is comprised of sources influenced by various types of world music that resonate in the spirit. The first song, “Shanty House, announces the duo's bare bones approach, with Lamb's visceral tenor declamations interlocking with Smith's drum thrashing. “Mirage, a tune with strong Native American overtones, features Lamb on ...

Album Review

Andrew Lamb Trio: The Pilgrimage

Read "The Pilgrimage" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Woe be to those musicians who don’t toe the line and submit to commercial pressures. A professional life of obscurity and hardship awaits thee. Andrew Lamb knows first hand. His debut on Delmark, now nearly a decade old, sank like a critical stone despite its deserved stature as a body of creative music worth hearing. What went down for Lamb in the interim is unclear, but this sophomore exercise on CIMP gleams like a beacon to all those who missed ...

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The Jazz Session #195: Andrew Lamb

The Jazz Session #195: Andrew Lamb

Source: AAJ Staff

Two weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, Andrew Lamb's trio went into the studio to record a response, the album New Orleans Suite (Engine Studios, 2005 & 2010). Now that album has been remastered and reissued to mark the fifth anniversary of the storm and the engineering disaster that flooded New Orleans. In this interview, Lamb talks about his personal connections to New Orleans; the experience of making the record in the days immediately after the storm; and ...



Andrew Lamb Trio - New Orleans Suite (2006, 2010 Reissue)

Andrew Lamb Trio - New Orleans Suite (2006, 2010 Reissue)

Source: Something Else!

By Pico Mother Nature just staged a terrorist act on our ass! —Warren Smith, “Dyes And Lyes" About five years ago, woodwinds and flute specialist Andrew Lamb convened a recording session with his longtime musical partner Warren Smith (drums, percussion) and the bass/cello master Tom Abbs for some free form musical expression. That's nothing new for longtime practitioners of improvised music such as these three, but this session had a special purpose: it was to put into music the strong ...


Award / Grant

Henry Grimes Trio w/ Andrew Lamb & Newman Taylor Baker named "Best Jazz Trio"

Henry Grimes Trio w/ Andrew Lamb & Newman Taylor Baker named "Best Jazz Trio"

Source: All About Jazz

Henry Grimes Trio featuring Andrew Lamb and Newman Taylor Baker designated “Best Jazz Trio of the Year" by “NYPress" in its “Best of Manhattan" issue, 1O/O4!! “Henry Grimes plays the bass with absolute control, spinning tales without words, enriching the room with the depth of his bass. Newman Taylor Baker can capture any rhythm and will surprise you two or three times each show with how far he can take percussion. And Andrew Lamb works his saxophone and flute, paying ...



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Rhapsody In Black

NoBusiness Records


The Pilgrimage

CIMP Records




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