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The Jazz Explorers

George Cables

As a leader and a sideman, George Cables defines mainstream jazz piano. When he was 18 he worked with Steve Grossman and Billy Cobham. He quickly gained recognition and worked with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson and Freddie Hubbard . He was on piano with Dexter Gordon during the tenor's successful return to the United States from 1976 to 1978. George was Art Pepper's favorite pianist and did work with Bebop and Beyond, as well. Mr. Cables has played countless sessions and concerts and has recorded frequently as a leader for the Contemporary label, including the 1979 classic Cables Vision, as well as for Concord, and SteepleChase. As you will hear, George made a beautiful and major contribution to the Jazz Explorers project.

Greg Cohen

Hailing from Los Angeles, bassist Greg Cohen has played in many styles and genres with everyone from Bill Frisell and John Zorn to the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson. Perhaps best known as Tom Waits' bass player, Cohen has also composed for the Lincoln Center Theater and collaborated on film score arrangements for "Ed Wood" and "Fried Green Tomatoes". He is currently bassist and music director with Ornette Coleman. Greg played beautifully on "Mystique" for the Jazz Explorers.

Andrew Cyrille

Andrew Cyrille has worked with a stellar list of greats including Mary Lou Williams, Roland Hanna, Roland Kirk, Coleman Hawkins and Junior Mance, as well as Cecil Taylor, Rashied Ali, and Milford Graves. As a leader with his group, Maono and as collaborator with the Group, Cyrille has been on the cutting edge of where Jazz is going. With Graves, Don Moye and Kenny Clarke, he recorded the all-percussion album Pieces of Time for Soul Note in 1983. When not leading his own bands, Mr. Cyrille also works as a sideman with, among others, John Carter, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Jimmy Lyons. The subtle drive of "Village of Origin' is a classic performance.

Tim Duffy

Growing up in Providence, Rhode Island, in the shadow of the Newport Jazz Festival, Tim Duffy, at age twelve, met the great Duke Ellington. As a teenager he ran away with Howlin’ Wolf, studied sculpture and film at the Rhode Island School of Design and fell in with saxophonist Charles Lloyd. Tim's improvisational, artistic explorations led him into film and the New York circles of Sun Ra, Allen Kaprow’s ‘˜happenings’, Yoko Ono and a summer spent around Andy Warhol. In the early 1970s, Tim migrated to Colorado where he pioneered experimental workshops around the state which evolved into his funk-gospel-jazz fusion-celestial circus, the Orchestra of Clouds. In the 80s, Tim was an art director for motion pictures from Disney, Viacom and PBS. In the early 90s, he returned to Colorado where he assembled The Rocky Mountain All-Stars. As an active, adventurous composer, Tim draws on his diversified, deeply rooted experiences and his vast network of creative fellow travelers to bring forth the latest extension of his expressionist explorations, the innovative new ensemble, the Jazz Explorers.

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Jazz My Soul

Rhythm Dynamics



Dave Liebman
saxophone, soprano
Alexis Cole
voice / vocals
Carmen Lundy
voice / vocals
Katie Bull
voice / vocals
Sara Serpa
voice / vocals
Lainie Cooke
voice / vocals
Cynthia Scott
voice / vocals

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