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Grachan Moncur III Octet: Exploration

Read "Exploration" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

It is a crying shame that some of the best jazz musicians have to languish in obscurity. There are many reasons, but a review is not necessarily the place to go into them. Suffice to say that it is a moment worth cherishing when a stalwart comes in from out of the beyond to make his ...


Grachan Moncur III: Exploration

Read "Grachan Moncur III: Exploration" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Grachan Moncur III Octet Exploration Capri Records 2004 After a lengthy absence, trombonist/composer Grachan Moncur III returns with his first album as a leader since 1977's Shadows (Denon Jazz). The trombonist is best known for his particiation on two Jackie McLean albums, One Step Beyond and Destination Out! ...


Grachan Moncur III Octet: Exploration

Read "Exploration" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

"Frankenstein" seems an odd name for a jazz tune, but then why not? The song title--and the song itself--captures the mood of Grachan Moncur III's Exploration. It's an arrangement that features an assertive--to the point of brashness, perhaps--ensemble interplay of a seven horns backed by bass and drums, sans piano or guitar. Two trombones, along with ...


Grachan Moncur III Octet: Exploration

Read "Exploration" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Trombonist and composer Grachan Moncur III made a memorable impact forty years ago with his challenging compositions and austere improvising style. He then maintained a very low profile for decades, teaching, recording only rarely, and encountering dental problems. Now he's made a welcome return to recording with the absolutely stunning CD Exploration. In the ...


Grachan Moncur III Octet: Exploration

Read "Exploration" reviewed by John Kelman

It's remarkable how time changes the relative position of musical innovation. When trombonist Grachan Moncur III appeared on the scene with a series of Blue Note appearances including his own Evolution and Some Other Stuff , as well as alto saxophonist Jackie McLean's One Step Beyond , Destination...Out! , Hipnosis and About Soul , thankfully reissued ...


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