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Denis Charles

Denis Charles was a jazz drummer. Charles was born in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and first played bongos at age seven with local ensembles in the Virgin Islands. In 1945 he moved to New York, and gigged frequently around town. In 1954 he began working with Cecil Taylor, and the pair collaborated through 1958. Following this he played with Steve Lacy, Gil Evans, and Jimmy Giuffre. He befriended Ed Blackwell, and the two influenced each other. He recorded with Sonny Rollins on a calypso-tinged set, and then returned to time with Lacy, with whom he played until 1964. He worked with Archie Shepp and Don Cherry in 1967 and then disappeared from the record until 1971

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Arthur Williams: Forgiveness Suite

Read "Forgiveness Suite" reviewed by John Sharpe

Forgiveness Suite belatedly constitutes trumpeter Arthur Williams' first leadership date. A mysterious and troubled soul who flew below the radar, even within free jazz circles, Williams surfaced on a handful of albums in the 1970s and 80s before dropping from view not long after. His most notable appearances are documented on saxophonist Frank Lowe's Lowe And ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Kuhn Trio: The Other Shore

Read "The Other Shore" reviewed by John Sharpe

Returning to the music after some 35 years off the scene, reedman Peter Kuhn helms a live date which catches him in consort with two like-minded and accomplished free spirits in bassist Kyle Motl and drummer Nathan Hubbard. Interest in Kuhn has spiked following the reissue of his debut Livin' Right, as part of the splendid ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Three New Releases from Peter Kuhn

Read "Three New Releases from Peter Kuhn" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Clarinetist Peter Kuhn came up in the 1970s. In those days, one could count the number of modern jazz clarinet specialists on one hand: John Carter, Perry Robinson, Theo Jorgensmann, Alvin Batiste and—if you include the bass clarinet—Michel Pilz. So, one hand and a finger. Still associated with Benny Goodman, Dixieland and Swing, the clarinet was ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Peter Kuhn Is Back With A New Trio Recording And His Archive Recordings Reissue

Peter Kuhn Is Back With A New Trio Recording And His Archive Recordings Reissue

Livin' Right is a product of the amazing NYC loft scene of the 1970s, where players from around the world gathered in a rare period of community, harmony, and creativity, a time when a relative unknown from California could meet and play with the great musicians on this disc. William Parker was already a phenomenon at ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Bridge Presents Mimi Jones In Society Hill On Thursday, May 17th!

Jazz Bridge Presents Mimi Jones In Society Hill On Thursday, May 17th!

Appearing at Jazz at the Playhouse for the last concert of this season is bassist/vocalist Mimi Jones and her band featuring Shirazetti Tinnin on drums and pianist Rachel Eckroth at the Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th Street in Philadelphia on May 17th. One Show: 7:30-9 p.m. Admission: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. For info: ...


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