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Charles Moffett was a free jazz drummer. Moffatt began his musical career as a trumpeter before switching to drums. He is probably best known for his part in Ornette Coleman's trio with David Izenzon in the 1960s. He also appeared on other important albums of that period, such as Archie Shepp's Four for Trane. He also performed on vibraphone. His son is double bassist Charnett Moffett.

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Article: Album Review

Ornette Coleman: New York Is Now & Love Call Revisited

Read "New York Is Now & Love Call Revisited" reviewed by Mark Corroto


These sessions, the last two Ornette Coleman would record for Blue Note Records, in April and May of 1968, are generally remembered for the rhythm section. Was it Coleman or producer Francis Wolff that invited John Coltrane's former sidemen, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones to record? Was this a scheme to draw the Coltrane ...

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Article: Book Review

Ornette Coleman: The Territory And The Adventure

Read "Ornette Coleman: The Territory And The Adventure" reviewed by S.G Provizer


Ornette Coleman: The Territory And The Adventure Maria Golia 368 Pages ISBN: #9781789142235 University of Chicago Press 2020 Ornette Coleman holds a singular place in jazz history. The seeds of change in jazz had been sewn by Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, John Coltrane and their cohorts, but Coleman's ...

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Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions

Read "Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Although his iconic Out to Lunch! (Blue Note, 1964) is one of a handful of undisputed avant-garde jazz masterpieces, Eric Dolphy's stature has never quite risen fully to the level of the jazz titans. Some of this is probably due to his untimely death at age 36, just as he was reaching new creative peaks; and ...

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Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet:The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions

Read "Musical Prophet:The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Eric Dolphy's lone Blue Note album, 1964's Out To Lunch! is rightly regarded as a classic but the two records he made for the short-lived Douglas label just before that, Conversations (1963) and Iron Man (1963), have been largely forgotten, due in part to being out-of-print for many years. Now the Resonance label has done something ...

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Article: Book Review

The Art of Conduction

Read "The Art of Conduction" reviewed by Riccardo Brazzale


The Art of Conduction. A conduction Workbook Lawrence “Butch" Morris (Daniela Veronesi -ed.) Karma 224 pages ISBN-13: 978-1942607427 Lawrence Douglas “Butch" Morris was undoubtedly one of the most unusual and, at the same time, influential figures on the “New Jazz" scene of the last decades. Born on ...

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Paul Van Kemenade Quartet: Checking Out

Read "Checking Out" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Saxophonist Paul van Kemenade might just be the least publicly known (at least outside of Europe) jazz musician who has a discography going back to 1979. His latest effort Checking Out, featuring Han Bennink on drums, bassist Ernst Glerum and trombonist Ray Anderson, will hopefully bring him and his music much more notoriety. The ...

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Thomas Jäderlund Amazing Trio: Plays Jazz

Read "Plays Jazz" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


In questo gradevolissimo CD, il veterano sassofonista svedese Thomas Jäderlund guida il proprio trio alla riscoperta di quattro temi di Ornette Coleman e altrettanti di Charles Mingus. Lui si divide fra il sax alto, su cui sfoggia una bella voce schiettamente ornettiana (appunto), e il sopranino (due soli brani, entrambi di Mingus: “Fables of Faubus" e ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Harold McNair: Harold McNair / Flute & Nut

Read "Harold McNair: Harold McNair / Flute & Nut" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Harold McNair Harold McNair / Flute & Nut Dutton Vocalion 2012 (1968/1969)The story of Jamaican saxophonist/flautist Harold McNair is one of the great “what-might've-beens" of British jazz. He was, by all accounts, a charming, well-mannered guy with a beautiful sound on tenor, alto and, in particular, on flute, and the ...

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Article: Interview

Joe McPhee: Artistic Sacrifice from a Musical Prophet

Read "Joe McPhee: Artistic Sacrifice from a Musical Prophet" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.


He could have easily chosen a different path: a more successful one or, perhaps we should say, a more commercial one. But that has never been the style or the character of multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee. His saint-like humility reflects a gentle and wise creative spirit; his music and poetry are a mirror into the human condition. ...


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