john gilmore

September 28, 1931 -- August 20, 1995

"While he is best known for his work with Sun Ra amid the emergence of free-jazz and creative music, John Gilmore had an important impact on much of the post-modal mainstream, in no small part through his influence on John Coltrane. A serious kink in the reductionist jazz historian's neck, Gilmore was at once a dedicated aural explorer and a bona-fide hard-bop giant, taking eight months off Arkestra duties in the mid-'60s--at the height of Ra's most outer space investigations--to tour with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers."



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Newport Jazz Fest, July 3, '64 .. online for free

Everything recorded from all stages, all sets, from Mose Allison, the Thelonious Monk quartet, the Stan Getz quartet, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Count Basie Orchestra and Joe Williams (but not together, sadly) are all available for free streaming, and paid downloads.  Incredible stuff, unbelievable stuff.  Stuff like ...

>> For his July 3rd appearance at the 1964 Newport Jazz Festival, pianist-composer-arranger George Russell brought a crack sextet that included tenor saxophonist John Gilmore (a stalwart in the Sun Ra Arkestra since 1953), former Count Basie cornetist Thad Jones (who the following year would form his Thad Jones/Mel Lewis big band), drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, bassist Steve Swallow and trombonist Brian Trentham, a college student and protégé of Russell's former trombonist, David Baker.
They open their Friday afternoon set with "The Outer View," <<

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