|3. ||The Twins
|Jazz / Post-Bop, Avant-Garde Jazz|
Recorded: July 6, 1964, Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Remastered: 2008, Rudy Van Gelder
Grachan Moncur III (trombone)
Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)
Herbie Hancock (piano)
Cecil McBee (bass)
Anthony Williams (drums)
Producer: Alfred Lion.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Originally released on Blue Note (84177).
This is part of Blue Note's Limited Edition Connoisseurs series.
Grachan Moncur III was one of the top trombonists of the jazz avant-garde in the 1960s although he had only a few chances to lead his own record sessions. This 1964 set (which has been reissued on CD) was one of his finest, a quintet outing with bassist Cecil McBee, two of the members of the Miles Davis Quintet (pianist Herbie Hancock and drummer Tony Williams), and tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter just a brief time before he joined Miles. The group performs four of Moncur's challenging originals, including "Nomadic" (which is largely a drum solo) and "The Twins," which is built off of one chord. None of the compositions caught on but the strong and very individual improvising of the young musicians is enough of a reason to acquire the advanced music. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Grachan Moncur III
Active Decades: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s
Born: Jun 03, 1937 in New York
Styles: Avant-Garde, Free Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz
One of the first trombonists to explore free jazz, Grachan Moncur III is still best-known for his pair of innovative Blue Note albums (1963-1964) that also featured Lee Morgan and Jackie McLean on the first session and Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock on the later date. The son of bassist Grachan Moncur II, who played with the Savoy Sultans during 1937-1945, Grachan III started on trombone when he was 11. He toured with Ray Charles (1959-1962), was with the Jazztet (1962), and in 1963, played advanced jazz with Jackie McLean. Moncur toured with Sonny Rollins (1964) and played and recorded with Marion Brown, Joe Henderson, and Archie Shepp, matching up with fellow trombonist Roswell Rudd in the latter group. He also was part of the cooperative band 360 Degree Music Experience with Beaver Harris. Grachan Moncur, who has also recorded as a leader for BYG (1969) and JCOA (1974), continues to play challenging music and has been an educator. Some of his associations have been with Frank Lowe (1984-1985), Cassandra Wilson (1985), and the Paris Reunion Band.
---Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
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