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George Cartwright

Born in the Mississippi Delta George has been performing composed and improvised musics for over 20 years. From totally improvised concepts to the relatively structured beat music of his band Curlew his experiences have been considerable. From a starting point at Karl Berger's Creative Music Studio in 1977 and a move to NYC fall of 1979 he has seen and participated in musical changes and challenges no one could foresee. And he's loved it.

Few contemporary composer/performers have had as varied and extensive experience in the changing concepts of avant music and maintained as high a quality of work. His compositions are at once direct and mysterious, possessing a clarity and focus that show both Ellington and Ornette assimilated in the the most unique of ways. With melodies wrangled to their essence, structures dense, clear and unpredictable it is a music that stands on its own.

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Cuneiform Records: Growing Progressive Music for 27 Years

Read "Cuneiform Records: Growing Progressive Music for 27 Years" reviewed by Mark Redlefsen

Twenty seven years is a long time for a niche progressive music label such as Cuneiform Records not just to survive, but to remain inventive and, in the best sense, ambitious. Steve Feigenbaum founded Cuneiform back in 1984, and with his wife, Joyce, runs it from Silver Springs, Maryland. Hosting bands such as Universe Zero, digging ...

Rag

Label: JJ-Tracks
Released: 2010

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

George Cartwright: Barrier Islands Bird

Read "George Cartwright: Barrier Islands Bird" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

George Cartwright can't be forgotten. The triple sax threat is part of the archaeology of modern New York. The downtown scene, just like New Orleans or 52 Street, has its mythology, and, as much as John Zorn, Cartwright figures in that, having come to the city fresh out of The Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Curlew Founder/Saxophonist George Cartwright Interviewed at All About Jazz

Curlew Founder/Saxophonist George Cartwright Interviewed at All About Jazz

George Cartwright can't be forgotten. The triple sax threat is part of the archaeology of modern New York. The downtown scene, just like New Orleans or 52 Street, has its mythology, and, as much as John Zorn, Cartwright figures in that, having come to the city fresh out of The Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New ...

Rag, Saddle and All: Curlew and George Cartwright / Davu Seru

Read "Rag, Saddle and All: Curlew and George Cartwright / Davu Seru" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Saxophonist and composer George Cartwright might not be an oft-repeated name in creative improvised music, but he should garner a weighted whistle whenever he does crop up. Raised in Mississippi and now calling Minneapolis home, Cartwright was co-leader of the seminal New York post-RIO/squirrely downtown jazz ensemble Curlew, alongside cellist Tom Cora, throughout the 1980s and ...

Send Help

Label: Innova Recordings
Released: 2009
Track listing: So Ahab; POss OrN; The March; Send; Oxford Town; I Want You To Promise; Law Years.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

George Cartwright: Send Help

Read "Send Help" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Saxophonist George Cartwright's prominence in the development of New York City's downtown scene, and lengthy affiliation with the cutting-edge progressive, jazz-rock unit Curlew, spawn an imprint of musical authenticity. Cartwright surges forward with this 2008, quartet-based effort recorded at The Cedar Cultural Center and The Walker Art Center's festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the Mississippi-born artist ...

A Tenacious Slew

Label: JJ-Tracks
Released: 2007

The Ghostly Bee

Label: JJ-Tracks
Released: 2005


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