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Bill Barron

Bill Barron was born on March 27, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the oldest of five. His first interest in music was encouraged by his mother, who bought him a piano and gave him lessons at the age of nine. At the age of thirteen, Bill switched to saxophone and studied musical theory, harmony and counterpoint throughout high school. He left school in 1944 to go on the road with the Carolina Cotton Pickers, through whose ranks have passed the such legendaries as Jimmy Heath, John Coltrane and Johnny Coles. Barron's civilian musical career was interupted with his induction into the army where he continued playing and arranging for the army band, which included fellow jazz-artists Randy Weston and Ernie Henry

NEWS: RECORDING

Brawny-Toned tenorman Dave Wilson releases "One Night At Chris’' (in Philadelphia) with Kirk Reese, Tony Marino and Dan Monaghan

Brawny-Toned tenorman Dave Wilson releases "One Night At Chris’' (in Philadelphia) with Kirk Reese, Tony Marino and Dan Monaghan

From the One Night At Chris' liner notes by Bill Milkowski As brawny-toned tenor man Dave Wilson said, in reflecting back on this inspired set, “It was a good night!” That’s an understatement. One Night at Chris’ bristles with a kind of visceral energy and sheer burn that lit up the crowd at the famed Chris’ ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the Hubs While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz

Read "Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz" reviewed by Idelle Nissila-Stone

Active in the jny: New York City jazz scene since the 1960s, pianist Burt Eckoff played with many jazz greats, among them Howard McGhee, Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt and Archie Shepp. He is known for exceptional artistry in his work with vocalists Dionne Warwick, The Drifters, Eddie Jefferson, and most importantly Dakota Staton, with ...

NEWS: EVENT

Central Brooklyn Jazz Anniversary Concert

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC) will celebrate its 11th anniversary on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at Jazz966 located 966 Fulton Street in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn with a jazz concert featuring the Steven Kroon Sextet. The bill also includes a youth jazz ensemble performance by Q City Soundz and a special award presentation to ...

Take Five With Dave Wilson

Read "Take Five With Dave Wilson" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Dave Wilson: Dave Wilson was born and raised in Bronxville, NY. As the leader of his own jazz groups, the Dave Wilson Quartet/Crazeology, Wilson and his band mates are known for their groundbreaking improvisations along with creative individualistic compositions and unique arrangements of standards. Wilson was also co- leader for many years, with the great ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ronnie Boykins: The Will Come, Is Now

Read "The Will Come, Is Now" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Ronnie Boykins is probably best known for being a member of the Sun Ra Arkestra. During that time, the Arkestra made some of its best recordings and Boykins was an integral part of the equation. He integrated his relationship with Sun Ra to gear the forward movement of the music. In his individual contributions on the ...

Modern Windows Suite

Label: Savoy Jazz
Released: 2000
Track listing: When Bill Barron recorded "Modern Windows Suite," his first Savoy recording, he and Ted Curson both were fresh from the uncharted waters of working with Cecil Taylor. It shows. "Modern Windows Suite," the album of 1961 consisting of Barron's extended and interconnected works, joins the other 1961 Barron album, "The Tenor Stylings Of Bill Barron," to fill out the CD. Both conjoined albums exhibit a creative composer and saxophonist interested in challenging conventional approaches to the music by insisting upon dissonance in his themes, by tampering with tempos, by allowing soloists to improvise free in an extended fashion, by creating impressionistic musical descriptions of scenes or moods, and by interweaving various thoughts throughout the albums into a whole, dense fabric. In many respects, Barron's work reflects some of Mingus' approaches, but with a stripped-down, ironically conventional, instrumentation. While Curson went on to fame with Mingus, and especially his extraordinary work with Eric Dolphy on "Jazz Festival/Antibes July 13, 1960" for which he'll forever be remembered, Bill Barron continued in his modest way to explore the intricacies of the music with occasion recordings and teaching gigs, most notably and finally at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. The contrast between the two albums comprising this re-release is notable. "Modern Windows Suite," the vinyl album, is a challenging tone poem of four movements building upon shifting styles and unconventional intervals, most particularly major sevenths. According to Kenny Barron, his brother chose the major sevenths so that the soloists "can't use their standard licks." The inclusion of Cameron on baritone sax creates a dense fabric of sometimes unison statements and sometimes free concomitant improvisation. Seventeen-year-old Kenny Barron for the most part vamps behind the soloists, surely a prodigy able to accompany the free-jazz masters but not giving a hint of his mastery to come. On the other hand, "The Tenor Stylings Of Bill Barron" somehow was engineered for sharper and more assertive sound reproduction, clarifying the roles of the instruments within each piece. Furthermore, the compositions on the album are based upon single themes for the most part, instead of thed inter-connectivity that prevails on the "Modern Windows Suite" album. "Oriental Impressions," as expected, is based upon Far East intervals and modes; "Fox Hunt" unblushingly starts with Curson's announcement of the hunt; "Blast Off," referring to the interest in space travel at the time, allows, at last, Barron and Curson to improvise over blues changes. A part of the creative Philadelphia jazz scene of his generation, along with many other better-known artists, Bill Barron for too long has been overlooked as an innovator and contributor to the music. The Savoy re-issues may allow a new generation to recognize Bill Barron as one of the quieter but nevertheless valued sounds from that pivotal time. Modern Windows Suite: Men At Work, Tone Colors, Dedication To Wanda, Keystone; Blast Off; Ode To An Earth Girl; Fox Hunt; Oriental Impressions; Backlash; Nebulae; Desolation

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill Barron: Modern Windows Suite

Read "Modern Windows Suite" reviewed by AAJ Staff

When Bill Barron recorded “Modern Windows Suite,” his first Savoy recording, he and Ted Curson both were fresh from the uncharted territory of working with Cecil Taylor. It shows. “Modern Windows Suite,” the album of 1961 consisting of Barron’s extended and interconnected works, joins the other 1961 Barron album, “The Tenor Stylings Of Bill Barron,” to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill Barron: Modern Windows Suite

Read "Modern Windows Suite" reviewed by AAJ Staff

When Bill Barron recorded “Modern Windows Suite," his first Savoy recording, he and Ted Curson both were fresh from the uncharted waters of working with Cecil Taylor. It shows. “Modern Windows Suite," the album of 1961 consisting of Barron's extended and interconnected works, joins the other 1961 Barron album, “The Tenor Stylings Of Bill Barron," to ...


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