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Carl Michel

Composer and guitarist Carl Michel started playing music at a early age, initially inspired by rock and blues guitarists. After high school his interests shifted towards jazz, and after studying for a brief period at the West Bank School Of Music in Minneapolis, he eventually went to Berklee College of Music (1977-1979). In 1980, he moved to Austin, TX, with his brother, percussionist Robert "Booka" Michel, and—with Tina Marsh—became Co- founder of "The Creative Opportunity Orchestra," a large ensemble dedicated to performing new compositions. In 1985, he moved to Madison, WI, where he was actively involved with the Madison Music Collective

Music in Motian

Label: Play On Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: India; Mode VI; In The Year Of The Dragon; Abacus; Birdsong; Osmosis; From Time To Time; Arabesque; It Should Have Happened A Long Time Ago; Circle Dance.

NEWS: RECORDING

Guitarist Carl Michel Celebrates the music of Paul Motian with "Music in Motian" on Play On Records

Guitarist Carl Michel Celebrates the music of Paul Motian with "Music in Motian" on Play On Records

The music of drummer/composer Paul Motian is revered in certain circles of jazz, while resting in obscurity among others. The performing credits of Motian run deep and are extensive, but as a author of highly original music, he lies in the under-documented category. This will not last much longer as, in the years since his passing, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carl Michel: Music in Motian

Read "Music in Motian" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Late drummer, texturalist, bandleader, and composer Paul Motian holds a revered space in the post-bop of the last half century. From early stints with Lennie Tristano and Coleman Hawkins to his seared-into-legend work with Bill Evans on Sunday at the Village Vanguard (Riverside Records, 1961), and Waltz for Debby (Riverside Records, 1962)); through his fiery live ...

The Carl Michel Group (+)

Label: Play On
Released: 2001
Track listing: Les Can; Skippin

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carl Michel Group: The Carl Michel Group (+)

Read "The Carl Michel Group (+)" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

A new-century octet that pays loving homage to the old school while looking ahead. Michel and company combine a reverence for prior jazz forms with an adventurous spirit as they tackle nine original compositions by the guitarist/leader. One might immediately notice the presence of drummer Gerald Cleaver, who is perhaps better known for hanging around avant-garde ...


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