JOHN TCHICAI

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John Martin Tchicai (April 28, 1936 - October 7, 2012) was a Danish free jazz saxophonist and composer. After moving to New York City in 1963, Tchicai joined Archie Shepp's New York Contemporary Five and the New York Art Quartet. He played on John Coltrane's Ascension, and Albert Ayler's New York Eye and Ear Control, both influential free jazz recordings.

Tchicai was born in Copenhagen to a Danish mother and a Congolese father. The family moved to Aarhus where he studied violin in his youth, and in his mid-teens began playing clarinet and alto saxophone, focusing on the latter. By the late 1950s he was travelling around northern Europe, playing with many musicians. Following his work in New York, Tchicai returned to Denmark in 1966, and shortly thereafter focused most of his time on music education. He formed the small orchestra Cadentia Nova Danica with Danish and other European musicians; this group collaborated
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JOHN TCHICAI John Tchicai - Archie Shepp : Rufus album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
John Tchicai - Archie Shepp : Rufus
Avant-Garde Jazz 1966
JOHN TCHICAI Afrodisiaca [with Cadentia Nova Danica] album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Afrodisiaca [with Cadentia Nova Danica]
Avant-Garde Jazz 1969
JOHN TCHICAI Real Tchicai album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Real Tchicai
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
JOHN TCHICAI Continent (with Hartmut Geerken) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Continent (with Hartmut Geerken)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1981
JOHN TCHICAI Put Up The Fight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Put Up The Fight
Avant-Garde Jazz 1987
JOHN TCHICAI Tchicai / Clinch album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tchicai / Clinch
Avant-Garde Jazz 1988
JOHN TCHICAI Grandpa's Spells album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grandpa's Spells
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
JOHN TCHICAI Satisfaction album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Satisfaction
Avant-Garde Jazz 1992
JOHN TCHICAI Love Is Touching album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Is Touching
Avant-Garde Jazz 1995
JOHN TCHICAI Infinitesimal Flash album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Infinitesimal Flash
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
JOHN TCHICAI John Tchicai & Charlie Kohlhase Quintet: Life Overflowing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Tchicai & Charlie Kohlhase Quintet: Life Overflowing
Avant-Garde Jazz 1999
JOHN TCHICAI 2 X 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
2 X 2
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOHN TCHICAI On Top Of Your Head album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On Top Of Your Head
Avant-Garde Jazz 2002
JOHN TCHICAI Hope Is Bright Green Up North album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hope Is Bright Green Up North
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
JOHN TCHICAI Sudden Happiness (with Triot) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sudden Happiness (with Triot)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
JOHN TCHICAI John Tchicai With Strings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Tchicai With Strings
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
JOHN TCHICAI John Tchicai / Garrison Fewell / Tino Tracanna / Paolino Dalla Porta / Massimo Manzi : Big Chief Dreaming album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Tchicai / Garrison Fewell / Tino Tracanna / Paolino Dalla Porta / Massimo Manzi : Big Chief Dreaming
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
JOHN TCHICAI Hymne til Sofia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hymne til Sofia
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
JOHN TCHICAI Witch's Scream album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Witch's Scream
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
JOHN TCHICAI Coltrane in Spring album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Coltrane in Spring
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
JOHN TCHICAI One Long Minute album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
One Long Minute
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
JOHN TCHICAI Schlachtfest Session II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Schlachtfest Session II
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
JOHN TCHICAI In Monk's Mood album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Monk's Mood
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
JOHN TCHICAI Truth Lies In-Between album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Truth Lies In-Between
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010

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JOHN TCHICAI live albums

JOHN TCHICAI Cadentia Nova Danica album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cadentia Nova Danica
Avant-Garde Jazz 1970
JOHN TCHICAI Willi The Pig : Live At The Willisau Jazz Festival album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Willi The Pig : Live At The Willisau Jazz Festival
Avant-Garde Jazz 1976
JOHN TCHICAI Solo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Solo
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
JOHN TCHICAI Darktown Highlights album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Darktown Highlights
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
JOHN TCHICAI John Tchicai & Strange Brothers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Tchicai & Strange Brothers
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
JOHN TCHICAI Tchicai / Goudbeek ‎– Duets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tchicai / Goudbeek ‎– Duets
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
JOHN TCHICAI Barefoot Dance (with André Goudbeek) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Barefoot Dance (with André Goudbeek)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
JOHN TCHICAI Live in Athens album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Athens
Avant-Garde Jazz 1980
JOHN TCHICAI Ball At Louisiana - Museum Of Modern Art album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Ball At Louisiana - Museum Of Modern Art
Avant-Garde Jazz 1983
JOHN TCHICAI Merlin Vibrations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Merlin Vibrations
Avant-Garde Jazz 1983
JOHN TCHICAI Timo's Message album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Timo's Message
Avant-Garde Jazz 1987
JOHN TCHICAI Adapt...or Die ! (with Rent Romus' Lords of Outland) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Adapt...or Die ! (with Rent Romus' Lords of Outland)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1997
JOHN TCHICAI Love Notes From The Madhouse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Notes From The Madhouse
Avant-Garde Jazz 1998
JOHN TCHICAI Anybody Home? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anybody Home?
Avant-Garde Jazz 2001
JOHN TCHICAI John Tchicai /Charlie Kohlhase : Good Night Songs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Tchicai /Charlie Kohlhase : Good Night Songs
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
JOHN TCHICAI John Tchicai + Ice9 ‎: No Trespassing album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Tchicai + Ice9 ‎: No Trespassing
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
JOHN TCHICAI West Africa Tour (Sierra Leone, Liberia & Guinea), April 1985 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
West Africa Tour (Sierra Leone, Liberia & Guinea), April 1985
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
JOHN TCHICAI Tribal Ghost album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tribal Ghost
Avant-Garde Jazz 2013
JOHN TCHICAI John Tchicai & Evan Parker : Clapham Duos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Tchicai & Evan Parker : Clapham Duos
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOHN TCHICAI John Tchicai / Tony Marsh / John Edwards : 27 September 2010 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Tchicai / Tony Marsh / John Edwards : 27 September 2010
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015
JOHN TCHICAI John Tchicai, Vinny Golia, Bill Smith Quintet with Clyde Reed & Gregg Simpson - Live at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, 1988 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Tchicai, Vinny Golia, Bill Smith Quintet with Clyde Reed & Gregg Simpson - Live at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, 1988
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017

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JOHN TCHICAI John Tchicai And Strange Brothers/ Put Up the Fight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
John Tchicai And Strange Brothers/ Put Up the Fight
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012

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JOHN TCHICAI John Tchicai - Archie Shepp : Rufus

Album · 1966 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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There are two great but almost forgotten albums, recorded at early days of free jazz by two great collectives. To be correct,both them were recorded at the same day and in the same studio, even more - them both were released only three years after they were recorded, by same label,just one right after another.

The New York Contemporary Five have been founded by trumpeter Don Cherry after he left Ornette Coleman and sax player Archie Shepp after his departure from Cecil Taylor band. Third reedist Denmark-born John Tchicai was less known but already played with some progressive New York artists. With support of groovy boppish rhythm section (Don Moore and J. C. Moses) the quintet was a all-star collective of sort.

In August 1963 quintet came to studio to record music, heavily influenced by "the New Thing". Besides of original band's session, some additional material has been recorded in studio same day - by the same band but without Don Cherry. Somehow all music recorded stayed unreleased till 1966,when it was released by Dutch Fontana as two separate albums. Full band recordings came as New York Contemporary Five's "Consequences” and music,recorded without Don Cherry came as John Tchicai - Archie Shepp's "Rufus".

If on "Consequences” trumpeter Don Cherry (still all in free jazz and not on his new upcoming interest - world fusion)is obvious leader, Cherry-less quartet represents balance of two quite different sax players - linear European classic influenced Tchicai on alto and African-American jazz tradition rooted Shepp on tenor. Well-framed by rhythm section,them both surprisingly found the way of collaboration successfully enough. Five compositions are all full of energy, tunes and rhythms and are closer to Dolphy's free-bop than to some free-form improvs which will dominate on free scenes some years after.

Not on the level of best advanced jazz releases of the time,this album contains really interesting early free jazz boppish and well structured form which almost disappears with no traces just few years later.Re-released many times (including CD versions)in Europe and Japan,it looks this album has been never issued in States. It's a shame - it not only contains quite original early free jazz but evidences beginning of successful career of two great jazz sax players - John Tchicai and Archie Shepp.

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