Category Archives: tributes

JAYNE CORTEZ:
KNOW YOUR REALITY (1934-2013)

We admit it: We’re not generally fans of jazz poetry. The stuff tends to deserve the bad rap it gets. However, the work of Jayne Cortez is a blazing exception. With the help of George Scala, we’ve put together this… Continue reading

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LOST TONES:
Sweet Soul Music:
BYARD LANCASTER, 1942-2012

SOMETHING CHILDREN CAN DO MR. P.C. PHILLY JAZZ Byard Lancaster Exodus Philly Jazz : 1977 BL, tenor, alto, electric alto, soprano sax,wood flute, bells; Skip Parnell, bass; Harold E. Smith, drums, wood flute. We’ve been sitting on the remarkable Exodus… Continue reading

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DIMENSIONS AND EXTENSIONS: Sam Rivers, 1923-2011

We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of the great Sam Rivers. That last name is as right as rain — his talents were so varied, multifarious, they were like streams that fed into the greater ocean of jazz. Best… Continue reading

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Love of Sound: PAUL MOTIAN, 1931-2011

He was always there. Like a trip to Liberty Island, a ride on the Cyclone, or a visit to the Frick Collection, there are things a New Yorker believes he should definitely get around to checking out, at some point.… Continue reading

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RAINBOW GLADIATOR:
Billy Bang, 1947-2011

The world lost a deep soul and musical master last month, with the passing of violinist and composer Billy Bang. Even though we could see this day coming, following the announcement at last year’s Vision Festival that Bang was suffering… Continue reading

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SIX FOR BROWN:
Marion Brown, 1931-2010

IDITUS Marion Brown Septet Juba-Lee Fontana : 1966 MB, alto saxophone; Grachan Moncur III, trombone; Alan Shorter, flugelhorn; Bennie Maupin, tenor; Dave Burrell,  piano; Reggie Johnson, bass; Beaver Harris, drums. GESPRACHSFETZEN Marion Brown + Gunter Hampel Gesprachsfetzen Calig-Verlag : 1968… Continue reading

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EUROPEAN ECHOES:
Noah Howard, 1943-2010

FIRE MARCH Noah Howard Quartet Schizophrenic Blues SAJ/FMP : 1977 NH, alto; Itaro Oki, trumpet; Jean-Jacques Avenel, bass; Oliver Johnson, drums. LECKE Noah Howard Quartet Live at the Swing Club SNIR : 1974 NH, alto; Michael Smith, piano; Bob Reid,… Continue reading

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