|Tags:||jazz free jazz strata-east piano post-bop spiritual jazz piano|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
5 May 1941, Toledo, Ohio, USA. Cowell began playing piano as a tiny child and later studied extensively, including taking degrees at Oberlin and the University of Michigan. During the mid- and late 60s he performed with several noted figures, including Marion Brown, Max Roach and in a band co-led by Bobby Hutcherson and Harold Land. In the 70s he began a fruitful musical and business association with Charles Tolliver, one outcome of which was Strata-East Records. The same decade also saw his involvement in the establishment of important developments in black music, including Collective Black Artists, Inc. From the mid-70s to the mid-80s he regularly performed with the Heath brothers and Larry Coryell. Cowell continued to perform and to teach on into the 90s, gradually displaying an increasing interest in writing music, and sometimes lyrics, for many good songs. Several of his songs were recorded on Mandara Blossoms, which introduced the young singer Karen Francis....