JOE MCPHEE

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Since his emergence on the creative jazz and new music scene in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Joe McPhee has been a deeply emotional composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a thoughtful conceptualist and theoretician. Born on November 3, 1939, in Miami, FL, McPhee first began playing the trumpet at age eight. McPhee continued on that instrument through high school and then in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany; during his Army stint, he was first introduced to traditional jazz. Clifford Thornton ’s Freedom and Unity , recorded in 1967 and released in 1969 on the Third World label, is the first recording on which McPhee appears. In 1968, he began playing the saxophone and since then has investigated a wide range of instruments (including pocket trumpet, clarinet, valve trombone, and piano), with active involvement in both acoustic and electronic music.

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JOE MCPHEE Discography

JOE MCPHEE albums / top albums

JOE MCPHEE Underground Railroad album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Underground Railroad
Avant-Garde Jazz 1969
JOE MCPHEE Trinity (with Harold E. Smith - Mike Kull) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trinity (with Harold E. Smith - Mike Kull)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1972
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee and John Snyder : Pieces Of Light album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee and John Snyder : Pieces Of Light
Avant-Garde Jazz 1974
JOE MCPHEE Tenor (aka Tenor & Fallen Angels) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Tenor (aka Tenor & Fallen Angels)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
JOE MCPHEE A Future Retrospective album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Future Retrospective
Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
JOE MCPHEE Old Eyes album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Old Eyes
Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
JOE MCPHEE Topology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Topology
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
JOE MCPHEE Oleo album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Oleo
Avant-Garde Jazz 1983
JOE MCPHEE Visitation (with Bill Smith Ensemble) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Visitation (with Bill Smith Ensemble)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1985
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee PO Music : Linear B album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Joe McPhee PO Music : Linear B
Avant-Garde Jazz 1991
JOE MCPHEE Impressions Of Jimmy Giuffre (with André Jaume / Raymond Boni) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Impressions Of Jimmy Giuffre (with André Jaume / Raymond Boni)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
JOE MCPHEE Sweet Freedom - Now What? (with Lisle Ellis / Paul Plimley) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sweet Freedom - Now What? (with Lisle Ellis / Paul Plimley)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
JOE MCPHEE Inside Out album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Inside Out
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee Quartet ‎: Legend Street One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee Quartet ‎: Legend Street One
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee Quartet ‎: Legend Street Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee Quartet ‎: Legend Street Two
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
JOE MCPHEE A Meeting In Chicago (with Ken Vandermark / Kent Kessler) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Meeting In Chicago (with Ken Vandermark / Kent Kessler)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
JOE MCPHEE CIMPhonia 1998 Part 1 album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
CIMPhonia 1998 Part 1
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
JOE MCPHEE As Serious as Your Life album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
As Serious as Your Life
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
JOE MCPHEE In the Spirit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In the Spirit
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
JOE MCPHEE The Watermelon Suite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Watermelon Suite
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
JOE MCPHEE The Brass City album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Brass City
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
JOE MCPHEE CIMPhonia 1998 Part 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
CIMPhonia 1998 Part 2
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
JOE MCPHEE Grand Marquis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grand Marquis
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
JOE MCPHEE No Greater Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Greater Love
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
JOE MCPHEE Emancipation Proclamation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Emancipation Proclamation
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOE MCPHEE Let Paul Robeson Sing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Let Paul Robeson Sing
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
JOE MCPHEE Journey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Journey
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
JOE MCPHEE Between (with Sato Makoto) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Between (with Sato Makoto)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee, Steve Dalachinsky, Jeffrey Shurdut : Pray For Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee, Steve Dalachinsky, Jeffrey Shurdut : Pray For Me
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
JOE MCPHEE Trio X : The Sugar Hill Suite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trio X : The Sugar Hill Suite
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
JOE MCPHEE Moods: Playing with the Elements album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moods: Playing with the Elements
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
JOE MCPHEE Trio X: AIR - Above and Beyond album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trio X: AIR - Above and Beyond
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
JOE MCPHEE Don't Postpone Joy! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Postpone Joy!
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
JOE MCPHEE Intimate Conversations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Intimate Conversations
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love : Tomorrow Came Today album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love : Tomorrow Came Today
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
JOE MCPHEE McPhee / Duval / Rosen / Trzaska : Magic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
McPhee / Duval / Rosen / Trzaska : Magic
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
JOE MCPHEE Sound on Sound: Solo 1968-1973 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sound on Sound: Solo 1968-1973
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten : Blue Chicago Blues album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten : Blue Chicago Blues
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
JOE MCPHEE Brooklyn Dna  (with Ingebrigt Haker Flaten) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Brooklyn Dna (with Ingebrigt Haker Flaten)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
JOE MCPHEE Scraps and Shadows (with Chris Corsano) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Scraps and Shadows (with Chris Corsano)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
JOE MCPHEE Survival Unit III: Joe McPhee, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang - Game Theory album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Survival Unit III: Joe McPhee, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang - Game Theory
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
JOE MCPHEE McPhee / Saft / Morris / Downs : Ticonderoga album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
McPhee / Saft / Morris / Downs : Ticonderoga
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOE MCPHEE Alone Together album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alone Together
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee/ André Jaume : Nuclear Family album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee/ André Jaume : Nuclear Family
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
JOE MCPHEE Imaginary Numbers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Imaginary Numbers
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
JOE MCPHEE Plan B (Joe Mcphee / James Keepnews / David Berger) : From Outer Space album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Plan B (Joe Mcphee / James Keepnews / David Berger) : From Outer Space
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
JOE MCPHEE Brace for Impact album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Brace for Impact
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
JOE MCPHEE One Day... A Lightning Storm album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Day... A Lightning Storm
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2018

JOE MCPHEE EPs & splits

JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee & Raymond Boni : Jukebox Series #3 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Joe McPhee & Raymond Boni : Jukebox Series #3
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015

JOE MCPHEE live albums

JOE MCPHEE Nation Time (Live at Vassar College) album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Nation Time (Live at Vassar College)
Fusion 1971
JOE MCPHEE Black Magic Man album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Magic Man
Avant-Garde Jazz 1975
JOE MCPHEE The Willisau Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Willisau Concert
Avant-Garde Jazz 1976
JOE MCPHEE Rotation album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Rotation
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
JOE MCPHEE MFG in Minnesota album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
MFG in Minnesota
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
JOE MCPHEE Graphics album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Graphics
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
JOE MCPHEE Glasses album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Glasses
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
JOE MCPHEE Variations On A Blue Line / 'Round Midnight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Variations On A Blue Line / 'Round Midnight
Avant-Garde Jazz 1979
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee & Survival Unit II ‎: At WBAI's Free Music Store, 1971 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee & Survival Unit II ‎: At WBAI's Free Music Store, 1971
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
JOE MCPHEE Common Threads (live in Seattle) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Common Threads (live in Seattle)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
JOE MCPHEE McPhee/Parker/Lazro album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
McPhee/Parker/Lazro
Avant-Garde Jazz 1996
JOE MCPHEE Rapture (live at the Knitting Factory) (as Trio X) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rapture (live at the Knitting Factory) (as Trio X)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
JOE MCPHEE The Dream Book (live at the Knitting Factory) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dream Book (live at the Knitting Factory)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
JOE MCPHEE Manhattan Tango (with Jérôme Bourdellon) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manhattan Tango (with Jérôme Bourdellon)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2000
JOE MCPHEE On Tour album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On Tour
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOE MCPHEE Specific Gravity album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Specific Gravity
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOE MCPHEE Mister Peabody Goes To Baltimore album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mister Peabody Goes To Baltimore
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOE MCPHEE Trio X in Black and White album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trio X in Black and White
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
JOE MCPHEE Rules Of Engagement, Vol. 2 (with Dominic Duval) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rules Of Engagement, Vol. 2 (with Dominic Duval)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
JOE MCPHEE Everything Happens For A Reason album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Everything Happens For A Reason
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
JOE MCPHEE Remembrance (with Michael Bisio, Raymond Boni, Paul Harding) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Remembrance (with Michael Bisio, Raymond Boni, Paul Harding)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
JOE MCPHEE A Parallax View (with Paul Hession) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Parallax View (with Paul Hession)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
JOE MCPHEE Don’t Postpone Joy! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don’t Postpone Joy!
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
JOE MCPHEE In Finland (with Matthew Shipp - Dominic Duval) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Finland (with Matthew Shipp - Dominic Duval)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
JOE MCPHEE Guts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guts
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
JOE MCPHEE The Open Door album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Open Door
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
JOE MCPHEE Trio X: Roulette at Location One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trio X: Roulette at Location One
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
JOE MCPHEE Soprano album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soprano
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
JOE MCPHEE Voices: Ten Improvisations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Voices: Ten Improvisations
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
JOE MCPHEE 2006 U.S. Tour (Trio X) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
2006 U.S. Tour (Trio X)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
JOE MCPHEE Trio X - Live In Vilnius album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Trio X - Live In Vilnius
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
JOE MCPHEE McPhee* / Brötzmann / Kessler / Zerang : The Damage Is Done album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
McPhee* / Brötzmann / Kessler / Zerang : The Damage Is Done
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee, Piotr Michalowski & Andrew Drury : Live at Edgefest album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee, Piotr Michalowski & Andrew Drury : Live at Edgefest
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
JOE MCPHEE Alto album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Alto
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
JOE MCPHEE Angels, Devils & Haints album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Angels, Devils & Haints
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
JOE MCPHEE Live On Tour 2008 (Trio X) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live On Tour 2008 (Trio X)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
JOE MCPHEE Live at Vassar 1970 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Vassar 1970
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano : Under A Double Moon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano : Under A Double Moon
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
JOE MCPHEE SU III : Syncronicity album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
SU III : Syncronicity
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
JOE MCPHEE Creole Gardens (A New Orleans Suite) (with Michael Zerang) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Creole Gardens (A New Orleans Suite) (with Michael Zerang)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
JOE MCPHEE Ibsen’s Ghosts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ibsen’s Ghosts
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
JOE MCPHEE Ithaca (with Eli Keszler) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ithaca (with Eli Keszler)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
JOE MCPHEE First Date - Live At The Third Annual Vision Festival album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
First Date - Live At The Third Annual Vision Festival
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
JOE MCPHEE Live On Tour 2010 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live On Tour 2010
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
JOE MCPHEE Last Notes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Last Notes
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
JOE MCPHEE McPhee, Joe / Paal Nilssen : Love Red Sky album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
McPhee, Joe / Paal Nilssen : Love Red Sky
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
JOE MCPHEE Sonic Elements album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sonic Elements
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
JOE MCPHEE Solos : The Lost Tapes (1980 – 1981 – 1984) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solos : The Lost Tapes (1980 – 1981 – 1984)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee & John Snyder : To Be Continued album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee & John Snyder : To Be Continued
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee & Paal Nilssen-Love : Candy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee & Paal Nilssen-Love : Candy
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOE MCPHEE Survival Unit III : Straylight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Survival Unit III : Straylight
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOE MCPHEE Survival Unit III : Straylight (Live at Jazzhouse Copenhagen) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Survival Unit III : Straylight (Live at Jazzhouse Copenhagen)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOE MCPHEE Zurich 1979 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Zurich 1979
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOE MCPHEE Flowers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flowers
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano : 25.7.12 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano : 25.7.12
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee - Jérôme Bourdellon : Octoblue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee - Jérôme Bourdellon : Octoblue
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee & Ingebrigt Håker Flaten : Bricktop album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee & Ingebrigt Håker Flaten : Bricktop
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
JOE MCPHEE Daunik Lazro And Joe McPhee ‎: The Cerkno Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Daunik Lazro And Joe McPhee ‎: The Cerkno Concert
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee & Raymond Boni ‎: Live From The Magic City (Birmingham, Alabama) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee & Raymond Boni ‎: Live From The Magic City (Birmingham, Alabama)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2016
JOE MCPHEE My Undocumented Alien Clarinet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My Undocumented Alien Clarinet
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
JOE MCPHEE Six Situations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Six Situations
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel : Journey to Parazzar album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel : Journey to Parazzar
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee  /Mikołaj Trzaska : More Intimate Conversation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee /Mikołaj Trzaska : More Intimate Conversation
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee / Chris Corsano / Lol Coxhill / Evan Parker : Tree Dancing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee / Chris Corsano / Lol Coxhill / Evan Parker : Tree Dancing
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee / Paal Nilssen-Love : Lift Every Voice And Sing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee / Paal Nilssen-Love : Lift Every Voice And Sing
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee & John Butcher  : At The Hill Of James Magee album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee & John Butcher : At The Hill Of James Magee
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2019
JOE MCPHEE Joe  McPhee / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel : A Night In Alchemia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel : A Night In Alchemia
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019
JOE MCPHEE Song For The Big Chief album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Song For The Big Chief
Avant-Garde Jazz 2019
JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee, Graham Lambkin, Charlie McPhee, Oliver Lambkin ‎: Live In The Batcave album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee, Graham Lambkin, Charlie McPhee, Oliver Lambkin ‎: Live In The Batcave
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2019

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JOE MCPHEE re-issues & compilations

JOE MCPHEE Joe McPhee Po Music : Old Eyes & Mysteries album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joe McPhee Po Music : Old Eyes & Mysteries
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
JOE MCPHEE 1968/69 : Underground Railroad + Live At Holy Cross Monastery album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1968/69 : Underground Railroad + Live At Holy Cross Monastery
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOE MCPHEE 2006 US Tour - Trio X 7 CD Box Set album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
2006 US Tour - Trio X 7 CD Box Set
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
JOE MCPHEE Nation Time album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nation Time
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018

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The Train And The River: A Musical Odyssey
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007

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JOE MCPHEE Nation Time (Live at Vassar College)

Live album · 1971 · Fusion
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Florida-born NY-based reeds player Joe McPhee initially was a trumpet player when (at 32) he switched to saxophone (self taught) and became a member of New York loft scene."Nation Time" is his second album as leader,recorded live in concert at The Urban Center for Black Studies at Vassar College,NYC(two of three album's compositions).

Quite obscure recordings (originally released on tiny CjRecord label)contain excellent and highly original mix of free jazz,r'n'b, jazz-rock and free funk. It's even more impressive that all this material was recorded in 1970,just few months after Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew" arrived.

Just three compositions, each differs from two others by stylistic components and arrangements. Probably "Shakey Jake" is most intriguing one - differently from two other songs, it was recorded in studio the next day after concert with larger line-up adding to regular McPhee quintet (Mike Kull(electric piano),Tyrone Crabb(electric and acoustic bass),Bruce Thompson and Ernest Bostic(both - percussion)) an alto saxophonist, an organist, and an electric guitarist.

All album sounds more rock-heavier,r'n'b-groovier and funky-freer than more sophisticated "Bitches Brew". Masterpiece.

JOE MCPHEE CIMPhonia 1998 Part 1

Album · 1998 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Session, recorded on this album, was planned as trio of two bassists and sax player Whitecage concert, organised by CIMP label, but spontanically it grew up to long studio recording of label's leading experimenting musicians (released later on two separate albums).

Bassists Dominic Duval and Peter Kowald (two from very top of world's improvising bassists list, among Barry Guy and Barry Phillips)are still main driving force of all recording, but very unpredictably music here is not fast, heavy,screamy or noisy. Differently from many and many albums coming from free jazz improvisers, this album represents mid-tempo, even lazy in moments very aerial music with deep velvet bass sound, almost ascetic drumming and thin impressionist layers of reeds.Both sax players (Joe McPhee on soprano and Mark Whitecage on alto)build very fragile aerial constructions over rhythmic basement with only occasional sound licks coming from trumpeter Paul Smoker and violinist David Prentice.

This album is more about silence than about noise, but mystically it sounds quite energetic,full of sensual nuances,atmospheres and moods. Not angry scream but mature philosophical beauty radiates from that music - how often we use word "beauty" speaking about improvisational jazz?

Great recording, requiring repeating listening.

JOE MCPHEE Rotation

Live album · 1977 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Rotation is rare (never re-released on CD) Joe McPhee's live release from his Swiss concert series.First two album's compositions are just sax solos. Free-form, sometimes explosive, but more often - just speaking man-like short and very various in emotive colors, sad,nervous, funny... McPhee still has some Coleman's melodic influence there, but he is obviously in transition searching for new sounds and forms.

Four rest compositions are even more interesting: McPhee's free improvs partner there is synth player John Snyder. During last some decades synthesizers' use in jazz music has usually a really bad fame as a result of mindless and tasteless exploitation of their sound and possibilities. These four compositions are excellent example how artistic and innovative synthesizer can sound in a hand of real artist!

I can hardly remember similar examples when just sax and synth are equal partners in free jazz (!) improvs, where synthesizer's abilities are used not for cosmic sound-scape or electronic noises around soloing artist, but directly for free-form improvs!And even more - these compositions sound fresh and innovative even now, thirty-five years after they were released!Unfortunately, this period of synthesizers' progressive use was very short and finished very soon ( one can only imagine how different could be music history if show business wasn't discover synthesizer as fast and cheap way to produce money).

Really very interesting release, still more for fans of free jazz and Joe McPhee music though.

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