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Marty Krystall


Born in 1951 and raised in Los Angeles, Marty's early interest in music was prompted at age 5 by chasing his baby brother in circles under a grand piano as their father played Chopin, Beethoven and Scriabin. His father also installed a remote loudspeaker in his bedroom so he could sleep with the classics, as well as music by Stravinsky, Shoenberg, Webern and other modernists. His first instrument was the clarinet, followed by saxophone in high school, and later flute and oboe. First jobs were in community opera orchestras and symphonies while still in grade school, but by this time Krystall also developed an interest in popular music and learned to transpose piano music on the Bb clarinet during lunch hour with piano players sight-reading pop, rock and jazz in the school auditorium


News: Recording

Buell Neidlinger Quartet LIve at Ravenna Jazz '87 With Special Guest Steve Lacy

K2B2 Records ( has just released a new CD—Buell Neidlinger Quartet Live at Ravenna Jazz '87 With Special Guest Steve Lacy (K2B2 3969). This live concert was the first time since 1959 that Neidlinger and Steve Lacy would play music together. They last played together at the NYC Cecil Taylor sessions for Candid Records. Supported by ...


Plays Herbie Nichols

Released: 2007
Track listing: 01. Wildflower; 02. ‘Orse At safari; 03. Every Cloud; 04. Beyond Recall; 05. Trio; 06. Hangover Triangle; 07. Suite From Carmen (G. Bizet/M. Krystall). Ad eccezione di quest’ultimo brano, le composizioni sono di Herbie Nichols.


Article: Album Review

Marty Krystall: Plays Herbie Nichols

Read "Plays Herbie Nichols" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

C'è amore, passione e rigore intellettuale alla base di questo bel disco, realizzato dal sassofonista Marty Krystall. Dopo Blue Chopsticks inciso con Buell Neidlinger, questa è per lui l'ennesima quanto riuscitissima rivisitazione dell'arte nicholsiana. Il sax corrosivo, irriverente del leader è il trait-d'union di un percorso assai convincente, volto a dischiudere le innumerevoli pieghe compositive del ...


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