James Newton

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz flute ecm jazz flute smooth jazz post-bop free jazz experimental composer free-jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

1 May 1953, Los Angeles, California, USA. Already playing a host of reed instruments, Newton took up the flute when he was 17 years old. After three years in Stanley Crouch’s Black Music Infinity (1972-75), playing saxophones alongside Arthur Blythe and David Murray, Newton moved to New York in 1978. By now working only on flute, he led groups with Anthony Davis, an important association that continues. He also played with Cecil Taylor and began recording as a leader. As well as experimenting with unusual flute techniques found in modern classical music, Newton has developed the art of humming and playing simultaneously to the degree of producing contrapuntal lines. Newton taught at the University of California, Irvine during the 90s, and late in the decade was composer-in-residence at the Societa Italiana Par Lo Studio Della Musica Afro Americana in Pescara, Italy. His extensive collaborations have resulted in live and recorded sessions with artists as...

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