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Black Sage (for Henry Grimes)

Read "Black Sage (for Henry Grimes)" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

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 ...

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Henry Grimes at The Stone: Alive at 75

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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 ...

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Signs Along The Road

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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 ...

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Henry Grimes: Like He's Never Been Away

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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 ...

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Henry Grimes / Rashied Ali: Going To The Ritual

Read "Going To The Ritual" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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 ...

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Henry Grimes Twofer: The Power of Light & Going to the Ritual

Read "Henry Grimes Twofer: The Power of Light & Going to the Ritual" reviewed by John Sharpe

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 ...

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Henry Grimes at the London Jazz Festival 2006

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The last three years must seem to Henry Grimes as the busiest period in his career, almost equal to his prolific output in the 1960s when he contributed to such epochal albums of the avante garde as Spirits Rejoice (Albert Ayler), Unit Structures and Conquistador (Cecil Taylor) and Complete Communion (Don Cherry). On Friday night, November 10, Grimes maintained his busy schedule by performing in the 2006 London Jazz Festival with guitarist Marc Ribot's group Spiritual Unity alongside Roy Campbell ...

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Henry Grimes, Sunny Murray and David Murray at the Haarlem Jazzstad

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Henry Grimes, Sunny Murray and David Murray Haarlem Jazzstad Festival Haarlem, Holland August 18, 2006Anyone who is familiar with the remarkable “rediscovery" of bassist Henry Grimes, who distinguished many of the great jazz albums of the 1960's with artists such as Sonny Rollins, Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, Don Cherry and Roy Haynes, will hopefully take great relish in the reading of this review--a Trio performance with the man who invented free-jazz drumming and ...

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Henry Grimes Trio: Live at the Kerava Jazz Festival

Read "Live at the Kerava Jazz Festival" reviewed by Rex  Butters

From his return to performing at Los Angeles' World Stage to his triumphant residency in New York, Henry Grimes plays like he's making up for lost time. Captured here on his first recording in decades, Grimes performs live in Finland with two of the best and hardest working musicians around, David Murray on reeds and Hamid Drake on drums. Although a generation younger, Murray and Drake share with Grimes an approach that incorporates virtuosity and daunting technical skill to create ...

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Henry Grimes: Live at the Kerava Jazz Festival

Read "Live at the Kerava Jazz Festival" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

Amazingly, this CD is the first disc released under Henry Grimes' name since 1965, when his only title as a leader appeared (The Call, ESP). Though there are many private recordings of Grimes playing since his storybook return, this live performance was serendipitous for being close enough to Sweden for the head of Ayler Records to attend and be impressed enough to release it. Lucky too for Grimes, since he has only been in the studio twice since his return. ...

INTERVIEWS

A Fireside Chat With Henry Grimes

Read "A Fireside Chat With Henry Grimes" reviewed by AAJ Staff

There once was a man from Philly named Henry Grimes. After studying at Juilliard, this bassist played alongside Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Gil Evans, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Anita O'Day, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, and Cecil Taylor. In 1967, at the peak of his assent, the man disappeared.

Thirty-five years later, Grimes was found by a fan of the music living in a hotel in downtown Los Angeles. With no bass, the ...


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