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Joe McPhee (US)

Since his emergence on the creative jazz and new music scene in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, Joe McPhee has been a deeply emotional composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a thoughtful conceptualist and theoretician. Born on November 3, 1939, in Miami, FL, McPhee first began playing the trumpet at age eight. McPhee continued on that instrument through high school and then in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany; during his Army stint, he was first introduced to traditional jazz. Clifford Thornton ’s Freedom and Unity , recorded in 1967 and released in 1969 on the Third World label, is the first recording on which McPhee appears. In 1968, he began playing the saxophone and since then has investigated a wide range o...

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Chris Corsano (US)

Capable of solo sets of the most beguiling inventiveness, featuring drums, gamelan-like metallic objects, tiny strings, saxophone mouthpieces and whatever else he has at hand. Probably more famous for being a member of improvisational groups featuring the likes of Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Yoko Ono, Paul Flaherty, Michael Flower, Wally Shoup, Jandek, Jim O'Rourke, Evan Parker, Keiji Haino, Bill Nace, C. Spencer Yeh, and sometimes playing in bands such as Six Organs of Admittance, Vibracathedral Orchestra, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and Vampire Belt. In 2007 he toured with Bjork and played on her album Volta, and most recently he has toured in a duo with Bill Orcutt. Read more on . User-contributed text is available under the ...

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