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Four advanced improvisers team up to play complex and rather open-ended originals during this adventurous set. Joseph Jarman (on tenor, alto, soprano, piccolo, bass clarinet and various flutes), trombonist Craig Harris (also playing some flute and didgeridoo), bassist Rafael Garrett (heard a bit on clarinet, flute and percussion) and drummer/percussionist Don Moye all communicate very well and are flexible and able to make a great deal of music out of very little. The three-part "Zulu Village" is the highlight of the lesser-known release.


Born: 14 September 1937 in Pine Bluff, AR

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Jarman was not so accomplished a saxophonist as his reed-playing partner in the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Roscoe Mitchell. But Jarman's sense of color was fine, his blunt-edged improvisations projected an emotionally immediacy of their own, and his interest in poetry and theatre informed the band's live performances. While attending high school in Chicago in the early '50s, Jarman took up the drums under the tutelage of the famous music teacher Walter Dyett. He switched to saxophone and clarinet while...
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