CD The New York Contemporary Five (CD 6517732),
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The New York Contemporary Five

  • 1. Cisum
    2. Crepuscule With Nellie
    3. O.C.
    4. When Will the Blues Leave
    5. Funeral, The
    6. Mik
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 409

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert G. Koester; Steve Wagner

    Personnel: Archie Shepp (tenor saxophone); John Tchicai (alto saxophone); Don Cherry (cornet); J.C. Moses (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Terry Martin.
    Recording information: Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen (11/11/1963).
    Photographer: Bill Abernathy.
    This historically significant CD has ten of the 11 selections recorded by The New York Contemporary Five (and originally issued on two separate LPs) on November 11, 1963. The short-lived group, which consists of cornetist Don Cherry, altoist John Tchicai, Archie Shepp on tenor, bassist Don Moore and drummer J.C. Moses, was avant-garde for the period, influenced most by Ornette Coleman's Quartet; the participation of Coleman's cornetist certainly helped. However Tchicai (although sometimes hinting at Coleman) had a different approach than Ornette Coleman and it was obvious that Shepp had already developed his own original voice and was the group's most passionate soloist. Together this very interesting quintet (which would soon break up) performs pieces by Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk (short melodic renditions of "Monk's Mood" and "Crepescule with Nellie"), Bill Dixon, Tchicai, Shepp and Cherry. ~ Scott Yanow

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