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Lowell Davidson

Lowell Davidson was an experimental music pianist, composer, church organist at the Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God, aluminum contrabassist, and percussionist. Graduated from Boston Latin School and in 1958 received a full scholarship to attend Harvard, intending to be a doctor of bio-chemistry. (This was the time of Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert experimentations with psychedelics.) In his seventh year as an undergraduate—he had been taking too much time from his studies to play in New York with Ornette Coleman, and other masters of avant-garde jazz—the scholarship was withdrawn

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Various Artists: The Boston Creative Jazz Scene 1970-1983

Read "The Boston Creative Jazz Scene 1970-1983" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Though jny: New York City remains first and foremost in everyone's mind as the “Jazz Capital of the World," aficionados know that many other cities in the US and abroad support significant and artistically important jazz communities. Boston looms large among the most important jazz cities, worldwide. The birthplace of Harry Carney, Roy Haynes, George Russell, ...

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Joe Morris: Graffiti In Two Parts

Read "Graffiti In Two Parts" reviewed by John Sharpe

One of the main talking points regarding Graffiti In Two Parts, and perhaps the reason this session from 1985 has finally seen the light of day, must be the participation of the erstwhile pianist Lowell Davidson. After studying biochemistry at Harvard University, he moved to New York and played with Ornette Coleman who urged the ESP ...

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Laurence Cook and Jim Hobbs Conjure "Tragedies of Love" on Blaq Lghtn Records

Laurence Cook and Jim Hobbs Conjure "Tragedies of Love" on Blaq Lghtn Records

Blaq Lghtn recently released its third disc, Tragedies of Love, a duet involving the elder statesman of Boston drummers, Laurence Cook with the mayor of Boston music, Jim Hobbs and his beloved alto saxophone. It is a work laden with the reflections one might expect in the William Blake form of Experience. If anything, both epitomize ...

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Laurence Cook and Eric Zinman - Double Action (Ayler, 2011) ****a1/2

Laurence Cook and Eric Zinman - Double Action (Ayler, 2011) ****a1/2

By Stanley Zappa Laurence Cook is a national treasure. Why the cultural machinery would rather embrace bourgeois twaddle rather than reward Laurence Cook with a Guggenheim grant or Macarthur award or the key to the city of Cambridge is one of the more egregious betrayals of our modern day. Cook took the drum seat after Milford ...

Lowell Davidson Trio

Label: ESP Disk
Released: 2008
Track listing: L; Stately 1; Dunce; Ad Hoc; Strong Tears.

Trio

Label: ESP Disk
Released: 2008
Track listing: L; Stately; Dunce; Ad Hoc; Strong Tears.

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Lowell Davidson: Trio

Read "Trio" reviewed by Lyn Horton

The seamless blending of musicians is often rare, especially in the instance of improvisation, because inherent in the situation is the heightened responsiveness of the musicians to each other.  In the re-released 1965 recording entitled Trio, from the late pianist Lowell Davidson with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Milford Graves, the interaction among musicians ...

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Lowell Davidson: Lowell Davidson Trio

Read "Lowell Davidson Trio" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Pianist Lowell Davidson was a man of many parts. A biochemist, he found his muse in music and a strong one it was. He not only played the piano, he also played drums with the New York Art Quintet. He was into avant-garde and free jazz forays that he raised to a new level through his ...

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Lowell Davidson: Lowell Davidson Trio

Read "Lowell Davidson Trio" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Lowell Davidson was one of those quintessential artists. A pianist possessed of great virtuosity, he was also a Harvard-educated biochemist and his musical art--both compositions and performance--and emerged from a confluence of the two. Davidson inhabited a rarified space. He understood and played with such harmonic sophistication that he may be compared in this respect only ...


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