Joe McPhee

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Tags: free jazz jazz avant-garde saxophone experimental avant-garde jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 November 1939, Miami, Florida, USA. This multi-instrumentalist/composer has established himself as one of the leading creative improvisers in avant garde jazz. McPhee played the trumpet in his school band and studied music theory and harmony in his Division Band while he was with the army in Germany (1964-65). His first recording was with fellow trumpeter Clifford Thornton on 1967’s Freedom And Unity. While he was playing with the Matt Jordan Orchestra in the late 60s, he took up the saxophone as he became interested in free jazz. McPhee’s first solo recordings were released on the CJR label, which he founded in 1969 with painter Craig Johnson. He gave a lecture course entitled ‘The Revolution In Sound’ when he taught at Vassar College (1969-71), following which he struck up a fruitful association with the Swiss label, hatHUT, founded by Werner Uehlinger specifically to release McPhee’s music. McPhee has sought to extend the tonal range...

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