Amina Claudine Myers

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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


21 March 1942, Blackwell, Arkansas, USA. As a young woman, Myers played piano and sang in church. In the mid-60s she moved to Chicago, became a member of the AACM and over the next 10 years or so worked frequently with fellow-members such as Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre (Humility In The Light Of The Creator), Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill and Lester Bowie (African Children, The 5th Power). In the early 70s she also played with Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt and Little Milton as well as leading her own trio. She moved to New York in the mid-70s and spent some time in Europe in the early 80s, recording there with Frank Lowe (Exotic Heartbreak) and with Martha and Fontella Bass and David Peason on the highly praised gospel set, From The Root To The Source. Her first recording as leader, for London’s Leo Records, featured her on piano, organ and vocals, and presented powerful, even stark, evocations of her blues and gospel roots. Inexplicably, later...

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