|Tags:||free jazz jazz violin avant-garde jazz avant-garde aacm experimental free improvisation|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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11 March 1932, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 24 February 2007, New York City, New York, USA. Jenkins began playing violin as a small child and, although he later tried other instruments, it was as a violinist that he became known in local jazz circles. In the early 60s he taught music in Alabama and back in Chicago, which is where, in 1965, he became involved with Muhal Richard Abrams in the AACM. He joined Anthony Braxtons first group with Leo Smith, and moved to Paris in 1969. The unit added drummer Steve McColl, recorded several albums, became known as the Creative Construction Company, but then broke up and Jenkins returned to the USA. In 1971, Creative Construction played a reunion concert with guests Abrams and Richard Davis, which was recorded and later released in two parts by Muse Records. In 1971 Jenkins formed the Revolutionary Ensemble, a trio with bass player Sirone and drummer Jerome Cooper. After the Revolutionary Ensemble folded in the late 70s,...