DENIS CHARLES

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(b. 4 December 1933, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, d. 26 March 1998).

Charles moved to New York in 1945 but his roots are nevertheless Caribbean. He began by playing congas in calypso and mambo bands. He taught himself on the drum kit and a year later (1955) was playing in Harlem with Cecil Taylor and recorded on the pianist's first album. In 1957 he played at the Newport Jazz Festival with Taylor, Steve Lacy and Buell Neidlinger and in 1961 performed with Taylor and Archie Shepp in the Living Theatre production of THE CONNECTION. In 1962 he supplied calypso beats for Sonny Rollins. Unfortunately the theme of THE CONNECTION (heroin addiction) proved a little too close to home and Charles dropped out of the music scene for over a decade. He re-emerged as one of the Jazz Doctors, an ensemble that included Billy Bang and Frank Lowe, in the early
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DENIS CHARLES Queen Mary album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Queen Mary
World Fusion 1989
DENIS CHARLES A Scream for Charles Tyler album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Scream for Charles Tyler
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992

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Captain Of The Deep
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998

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