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Grachan Moncur III


Grachan Moncur III was born in New York City at Sydenham Hospital on June 3, 1937 into a musical family that included his Uncle Al Cooper, leader of the Savoy Sultans, and Grachan's father, Grachan Brother Moncur II who played bass as a member of Savoy Sultans. His father also played with such notables as Billie Holiday, Diana Washington, and pianist Teddy Wilson among others. Grachan's early musical studies started at Laurinburg Institute under the musical direction of Frank H. McDuffie Jr. and Phillip Hilton, a very advanced trombonist and student. His trombone playing began with the all-state marching band and he eventually became a member of the jazz combo


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Chuck Owen, Taj Mahal, Kris Davis and Others

Read "Chuck Owen, Taj Mahal, Kris Davis and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This episode includes a lot of diverse music, including Chuck Owen with the WDR Big Band, Taj Mahal's tuba band, Kris Davis' Diatom Ribbons, and other artists such as Alex Conde, and Ellery Eskelin. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait To Get Back Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sam Rivers Centennial + New John Zorn Works

Read "Sam Rivers Centennial + New John Zorn Works" reviewed by David Brown

For this week's show, we celebrate the centennial of the birth of composer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Rivers; along the way we'll here a short vocal set and some recent releases from John Zorn. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club--Complete (Columbia) 01:50 Helen Merrill, Clifford Brown “Hush Now Don't Explain" ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Burrell: Harlem Rhapsody

Read "Harlem Rhapsody" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It would be an error to characterize pianist Dave Burrell as a witness to history. Avant-garde jazz history that is. The octogenarian was heard in the 1960s groups of Marion Brown, Pharoah Sanders, Noah Howard, Archie Shepp, Sonny Sharrock, Sunny Murray, and Grachan Moncur III, while also exchanging ideas in New York with Albert Ayler, Sam ...


Article: Liner Notes

Steve Davis: Systems Blue

Read "Steve Davis: Systems Blue" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

From Kid Ory to Roswell Rudd, the role of the trombone has changed dramatically over the brief span of jazz history, as we know it. Whether it be keeping a beat via the style of “tailgating," exploring a multitude of textural possibilities through the challenges of the avant-garde, or working somewhere in that middle ground that ...


Fire Music To Mama Too Tight Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Fire Music: Hambone; Los Olvidados; Prelude To A Kiss; The Girl From Ipanema; Malcolm, Malcolm, Semper Malcolm. Mama Too Tight: A Portrait Of Robert Thompson (As A Young Man); Mama Too Tight; Theme For Ernie; Basheer.


Article: Album Review

William Parker: Universal Tonality

Read "Universal Tonality" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Let's Imagine the difficulty William Parker must face filling out his responses to the U.S. census every 10 years. What is his origin? His race? And how many people occupy his residence—or maybe a better question: how many races are contained within this one person? Joking aside, the musician William Parker has become an everyman. His ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

From Lee Konitz and Charlie Parker to Ed Neumeister and Matt Ulery

Read "From Lee Konitz and Charlie Parker to Ed Neumeister and Matt Ulery" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show has a wide variety of classic and contemporary modern jazz, touching on Charlie Parker, Ed Neumeister, Uri Caine, Matt Ulery, and Lee Konitz among others. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't' Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Phronesis “Breathless" ...

Article: Album Review

William Parker: Universal Tonality

Read "Universal Tonality" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A vent'anni dalla sua incisione ecco un inedito orchestrale di William Parker, in un cast ricco di nomi prestigiosi come il trombonista Grachan Moncur III, il violinista Billy Bang, il pianista Dave Burrell, il percussionista Jerome Cooper e il batterista Gerald Cleaver. Accanto a questi sono presenti partner di lunga data del contrabbassista, come il sassofonista ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Herbie Hancock: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Herbie Hancock: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May

The title of Herbie Hancock's 1973 hit single “Chameleon," pulled from his jazz-funk monster Head Hunters (Columbia), was an apt one. Hancock had already undergone several transformations: from the blues-and-gospel-infused vibe of his Blue Note debut, Takin' Off (1962), to more experimentally inclined Blue Note albums in the mid-to-late 1960s, and on to his early 1970s ...


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