CLIFFORD THORNTON

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Clifford Thornton (September 6, 1939 - November 25, 1989) was an American free jazz trumpeter and trombonist. Born in Philadelphia in 1939, he studied with trumpeter Donald Byrd in the mid-1950s and worked with various players such as tuba player Ray Draper. After a stint in the army, Thornton moved to New York City. He played with numerous avant-garde jazz bands, appearing as a sideman on records by notable artists such as Sun Ra and Sam Rivers. His first album, 1967's Freedom & Unity, was recorded the day after John Coltrane's funeral, and marked the first recorded appearance of Joe McPhee. Possessing radical political leanings, Thornton was denied entry into France in 1970. Thornton spent the last 15 years of his life in Europe, and died in Geneva, Switzerland in 1989.

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CLIFFORD THORNTON Freedom & Unity album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Freedom & Unity
Avant-Garde Jazz 1969
CLIFFORD THORNTON Ketchaoua album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Ketchaoua
Avant-Garde Jazz 1969
CLIFFORD THORNTON Clifford Thornton & The Jazz Composer's Orchestra ‎: The Gardens of Harlem album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clifford Thornton & The Jazz Composer's Orchestra ‎: The Gardens of Harlem
World Fusion 1975

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CLIFFORD THORNTON The Panther And The Lash album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Panther And The Lash
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
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Communications Network
Avant-Garde Jazz 1972

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