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Album Review

An extraordinary CD of solo violin and viola improvisations by the composer/performer who has been called "not only the father of extended improvisational string music, but also one of the guiding lights of creative music as a whole" (String Magazine). In other words, "no violinist in the field can touch Leroy Jenkins" (The Village Voice). The selections on this CD cover a wide spectrum of expression and ideas in both Jenkins' original compositions and his reading of two modern classics by Gillespie and Coltrane: "Blues #1," "Um Cha Chi Chum," "Hipnosis," "Big Wood," "Folk Song," "Off the Top of My Head," "Wouldn't You" (Dizzy Gillespie), "Dive for the Oyster, Dip for the Pearl," "Keep on Trucking Brother," "Festival Finale," and the famous "Giant Steps" (John Coltrane). ~ "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Rovi

Biography

Born: 11 March 1932 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

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

Free jazz's leading violinist, Leroy Jenkins has greatly expanded the options and range of sounds and possibilities for stringed instruments in free music. His techniques have included sawing, string bending, and plucking. Jenkins plays adventurous phrases and distorted solos, while including elements of blues, bebop, and classical in his approach. Jenkins often lists as influences a diverse group of violinists (Eddie South and Jascha Heifetz) and other instrumentalists (Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman,...
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