Sunday, June 30, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-New York Art Quartet

Artist:New York Art Quartet
Album:New York Art Quartet

The New York Art Quartet was a short lived but successful example of the golden age of free jazz. They only recorded a couple of albums in the 60s and then they went on to other things. This 1964 album was remastered and reissued with bonus tracks in 2008 and the band has reunited in recent years. The band was led by Danish sax player John Tchicai and trombonist Roswell Rudd. Tchicai moved from Copenhagen to New York City in 1963 and joined the New York Contemporary Five led by sax player Archie Shepp and former Ornette Coleman trumpeter Don Cherry. Rudd had recorded with Shepp and pianist Cecil Taylor. After the New York Contemporary Five disbanded, Tchicai and Rudd formed the New York Art Quartet with drummer Milford Graves from Paul Bley's band. Bassist Lewis Worrell went on to work with Albert Ayler. The 1964 album New York Art Quartet was released by the jazz label ESP-Disk. This was a small but very important label in the free jazz movement. This album was released on CD in 2008. It's available as a budget CD. The recordings were remastered and poet Amiri Baraka aka LeRoi Jones participates in a couple of new bonus tracks. This album is a must for free jazz fans. Then they recorded the 1965 album Mohawk. In 1966, Rudd joined Archie Shepp's band and Tchicai moved back to Denmark. The New York Art Quartet reunited for a 35th Anniversary CD in 2000 and then the 2010 CD Old Stuff. Tchicai and Rudd have kept busy with other projects and both are educators. Here's a video of Black Dada Nihilismus featuring poet Amiri Baraka and then Sweet by the New York Art Quartet.

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