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Milford Graves was into his own version of World Music long before there was the term. His individualistic approach to the rudiments of drumming and its rhythmic pulses were light years ahead of most musicians. Yet he found musical colleagues and an audience for his forays into the deep end of free jazz. A native New Yorker, and exposed to Latin rhythms, he started out as a child on congas, then became a teenage timbales player in a Latin band from 1959 through the early ‘60’s, Graves switched to a trap set after seeing Elvin Jones with Coltrane. From 1964 he was an essential member of the New Thing movement in New York City, and backing up Amiri Baraka's Harlem poetry readings. Graves became a devout student of percussion on an international level, and went on to study not only its African roots and development, but expanded his studies on the Indian tablas with acknowledged master Wasantha Singh. He had quite an extensive resume in the 1960’s playing with Hugh Masakela and Miriam Makeba, Giuseppi Logan, was a member of the Jazz Composers’ Orchestra Association, and collaborated with avante-garde pianist Paul Bley. Graves recorded with pianist Don Pullen in 1966,(Graves Pullen Duo) and worked recurrently with Albert Ayler in 1967 and 1968, performing at the 1967 Newport Festival


More Lost Performances Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Our Prayer; Japan (Traditional) Universal Indians; Truth Is Marching In / Omega; Love Cry / Truth Is Marching In / Our Prayer; Four.


Article: Album Review

Albert Ayler: More Lost Performances Revisited

Read "More Lost Performances Revisited" reviewed by Chris May

A state-of-the-art sonic restoration of obscure but historically important Albert Ayler material by Switzerland's ezz-thetics label, which with its parent label, Hat Hut, has been creating an audiophile archive of Ayler recordings with the support of his estate since 1978. All too often, “more" in an album title means “Beware: barrel scraping in ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brass Players: Clark Terry, Rob Mazurek and More

Read "Brass Players: Clark Terry, Rob Mazurek and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This vintage episode of The Outer View from November 9, 2021, features all brass players, trumpeters, trombonists, and a tuba player. Musicians heard on the program include Clark Terry, Rob Mazurek, Steve Turre, Sarah Wilson, Bob Stewart, and Terence Blanchard. Playlist Henry Theadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete ...

Article: Album Review

Henry Threadgill: The Other One

Read "The Other One" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Giunto sulla soglia delle ottanta primavere, Henry Threadgill non lascia sbiadire la propria splendida vitalità creativa. Lo ha fatto quest'anno sia con la pubblicazione dell'imperdibile autobiografiaEasily Slip into Another World, che con una nuova realizzazione discografica, The Other One. Pure questa imperdibile, si colloca tra i lavori che lo hanno visto impegnato esclusivamente come ...


Article: Album Review

John Blum: Nine Rivers

Read "Nine Rivers" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Pianist John Blum's solo Nine Rivers is not so much a hit as it is a HIIT. His music is and has consistently been, to borrow a term from sports, a HIIT workout. HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is a series of repeated all-out efforts with a brief recover time in between each effort. This ...


Article: Album Review

Henry Threadgill: The Other One

Read "The Other One" reviewed by John Ephland

Listening to Henry Threadgill's music, the bobbing and weaving doesn't maintain a continuity but can jump from one strand to another, one scene to another, as in a dream. It is tonal and not, just as dreams are, perhaps, rhapsodic or unkempt, the story or plot being as tangible, fungible as a summer breeze.


Article: Album Review

John Zorn and Bill Laswell: Memoria

Read "Memoria" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

John Zorn and Bill Laswell, two towering figures of the New York Downtown scene, have once again joined forces to deliver a captivating musical experience, entitled Memoria. Following the success of their previous collaboration, The Cleansing, (Tzadik, 2021) this new release pays tribute to three artistic visionaries whose legacies continue to inspire and shape the realms ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

The New York Art Quartet and the Noah Howard Quartet on Ezz-thetics

Read "The New York Art Quartet  and the Noah Howard Quartet on Ezz-thetics" reviewed by John Eyles

Although the Ezz-thetics label has been issuing a steady stream of classic albums from the '50s and '60s, some of the label's releases cannot be called classics but are of great historical interest and significance nonetheless. Some such albums are discoveries which have never before been released, while others are reissues of albums which were outshone ...

Results for pages tagged "Milford Graves"...


New York Art Quartet

The New York Art Quartet was a pioneering free jazz ensemble that emerged in the early 1960s. The group was formed in 1964 by saxophonist John Tchicai and drummer Milford Graves, both of whom were associated with the avant-garde jazz movement in New York City. The quartet also included trombonist Roswell Rudd and bassist Lewis Worrell.

The New York Art Quartet was known for their innovative and experimental approach to jazz, drawing from various influences such as bebop, free improvisation, and European classical music. They embraced a collective improvisational style, allowing each member to contribute their unique voice to the music.


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