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Grachan Moncur III: Evolution

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Grachan Moncur 111 Evolution Blue Note 2008

Originally released in 1963, Evolution was the leader debut of trombonist and composer Grachan Moncur III, who had previously worked with tenor saxophonist Benny Golson's Jazztet, and was the regular “cool" foil for brimming-hot Jackie McLean in the alto saxophonist's quintet. Moncur was characterized by critics of the day as a player with measured intellectual calm, in heady contrast to the slushy tailgate of Roswell ...

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Grachan Moncur III: Exploration

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Grachan Moncur III Exploration Capri Records 2004

Ralph Ellison once wrote a great essay in which he seemed to predict jazz's ultimate dependence on a music industry driven (and subsidized) by a star system. The irony, Ellison suggested, is that jazz is largely created by anonymous musicians, who because they are “devoted to an art which traditionally thrives on improvisation [...] very often have their most original ideas enter the public domain almost as ...


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