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James Spaulding: An Emotion Of Notes

Read "James Spaulding: An Emotion Of Notes" reviewed by Maxwell Chandler

James Spaulding's pedigree is an impressive one. He has been called upon to add his touch on both alto saxophone and flute for countless classic 1960s Blue Note albums. Now, as a leader and owner of the Speetones label he continues to add to his rich legacy. AAJ contributor Maxwell Chandler spoke with Spaulding about his long and distinguished career, his work on some of the classic Blue Note releases of the 1960s, playing with Max Roach, Sun ...

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James Spauding: The Spoiler & The Right Touch

Read "James Spauding: The Spoiler & The Right Touch" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

Stanley Turrentine The Spoiler Blue Note-RVG 2007 Duke Pearson The Right Touch Blue Note-RVG 2007

Alto saxophonist and flutist James Spaulding has been an important contributor to modern jazz for decades. Both Duke Pearson's The Right Touch (1967) and Stanley Turrentine's The Spoiler (1966) are arranged by composer/pianist Pearson who calls ...

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James Spaulding: Round To It!

Read "Round To It!" reviewed by Brandt Reiter

High quality hard bop from one of the pillars of the music.

Master alto saxophonist and flutist James Spaulding has been an A-list sideman since the late fifties, when he worked frequently with Sun Ra. During the sixties he could be found on countless Blue Note recordings, lending invaluable support to such legendary artists as Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, and Freddie Hubbard. (The Joe Chambers ballad “Mirrors," from Hubbard's 1964 release Breaking Point, in which Spaulding's delicate flute inseparably twines ...

INTERVIEW

James Spaulding: '60s Sideman Extraordinaire

Read "James Spaulding: '60s Sideman Extraordinaire" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Born July 30th, 1937, alto saxophonist/flutist James Spaulding spent his formative years in Indianapolis, and moved to Chicago in the latter half of the '50s, appearing on early recordings by the Sun Ra Arkestra. Following a brief return to Indianapolis in 1962, he moved to New York and played with Freddie Hubbard, Randy Weston and Max Roach. His unique, unfettered and lyrical approach quickly became in demand, and he recorded as a sideman for Blue Note on dates with Hubbard, ...


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