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Carl Grubbs

Carl Grubbs alto, soprano and tenor saxophonist, is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He received early training from John Coltrane, who was married to his cousin, Naima. Through his family he was close to many of the history-making musicians of the 1950’s and 60’s. He was a guest soloist at the Philadelphia performance of Reggie Workman’s current project "African Brass", a tribute to John Coltrane. Carl’s career can best be described as one of diversity; composer, performer, teacher, leader, recording artist and presenter. With his late brother, Earl Grubbs he formed the Visitors, a quintet that recorded for Muse record label in the early 1970’s

Brother Soul

Label: CIMP Records
Released: 2007

Brother Soul

Label: CIMP Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: 01. Joy - 9:08; 02. Neptune - 12:24; 03. Reaching For A Star - 9:50; 04. Smile - 5:03; 05. Steve - 3:54; 06. Barbara Dear - 7:34; 07. Pygmy Music - 5:02; 08. Brother Soul - 5:10; 09. Gordon - 8:55

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Carl Grubbs: Brother Soul

Read "Brother Soul" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Non è un nome notissimo, quello di Carl Grubbs - che forse qualcuno ricorderà nella prima formazione dello straordinario sestetto di Julius Hemphill o le più recenti incisioni con Odean Pope - ma giunto ormai oltre la soglia dei sessant'anni, il sassofonista della Pennsylvania è certamente artista di solida esperienza e buona personalità. In questa incisione ...

Stepping Around the Giant

Label: CIMP Records
Released: 2003
Track listing: Stepping Around the Giant/ Betty Jo and David/ Sax Talk II/ July/ Sax Talk/ Kai

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carl Grubbs 4tet: Stepping Around the Giant

Read "Stepping Around the Giant" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Carl Grubbs is living, breathing proof of the adage “live isn’t fair.” Like so many of his peers, he’s largely fallen through the cracks over the years- a casualty of the public ambivalence that usually signals the lot of creative improvising musicians. But it wasn’t always so; back in the early Seventies with his brother Earl ...

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Carl Grubbs

Read "Carl Grubbs" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Carl Grubbs is an alto and soprano saxophonist from jny: Philadelphia with a singularly distinctive family tree: his cousin is Naima herself, who as John Coltrane's wife inspired one of the most beautiful ballads in jazz. Coltrane was close to Carl's section of the family, and he was quick to teach Carl a thing or two ...


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