Frank Lowe

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

24 June 1943, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, d. 19 September 2003, New York City, New York, USA. Although originally categorized as a ‘new thing’ (the US 60s free-jazz movement) player, Lowe grew into one of the most distinctive and thoughtful of contemporary tenor saxophonists. Growing up in Memphis, one of his first jobs was at the Satellite record shop and its offshoot label, Stax Records. A liking for the records of Gene Ammons developed into a fascination with the newer musics of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and the AACM. He attended the University of Kansas, then moved to San Francisco and studied with Rafael Garrett, Sonny Simmons and Bert Wilson. Moving to New York in the mid-60s, he worked with Sun Ra then, after a spell at the San Francisco Conservatory, he settled in New York, playing with numerous musicians from the jazz avant garde, including Rashied Ali (Duo Exchanges), Alice Coltrane (World Galaxy) and Don Cherry (Relativity Suite, Brown...

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