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     Ed Blackwell

Born: Oct 10, 1929 in New Orleans, LA
Died: Oct 8, 1992 in Hartford, CT
Genre: Jazz
Styles: Avant-Garde, Free Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz
Instruments: Drums

Ed Blackwell made his reputation as a member of Ornette Coleman's band in the early '60s; without that association, one wonders whether he would be considered one of the great jazz percussionists. That's to take nothing away from his considerable ability, but Blackwell's unfashionably arcane and somewhat unpolished approach to playing time was perhaps too melodic, too subtle to attract attention independently, especially amidst the heavy-handed Art Blakey/Elvin Jones zeitgeist that prevailed throughout much of his career. The multiplicity of musics to be heard in Blackwell's hometown of New Orleans played an unmistakable role in his peculiar evolution, yet what separated Blackwell from other modern jazz drummers was his personal interpretation of swing. Like every other post-Kenny Clarke jazz percussionist, Blackwell kept time on his ride cymbal. However, far more than most jazz drummers, Blackwell initiated his accents on the one and three of a four-beat measure. Consequently, Blackwell's style was more martial in character, his rhythmic counterpoint to the soloist more overtly song-like. Additionally, he infused his music with a multiplicity of non-Western elements, and incorporated mannerisms of pre-modern jazz. There was a certain rather endearing quaintness to Blackwell's playing, though he swung as hard and as imaginatively as anybody.

Blackwell's incongruous "squareness" was come by honestly, for one of his earliest influences was the traditional New Orleans percussion style of Paul Barbarin. As a young player, Blackwell spent time in the rhythm & blues band of Plas and Raymond Johnson. He moved to Los Angeles in 1951, where he met his future employer, Ornette Coleman, though it would be some time before their collaboration would capture the attention of the jazz public. In 1953 he moved to Texas, then in 1956 returned to New Orleans. In 1960, he moved to New York, where he replaced Billy Higgins in the by-now-famous Coleman quartet. With Coleman over the next several years, Blackwell made a series of important records for Atlantic (This Is Our Music, Free Jazz, Ornette on Tenor). He also worked and recorded with Eric Dolphy's great quintet with Booker Little, recording At the Five Spot in 1961. In 1965, he began playing with Randy Weston (with whom he toured Africa two years later) and Archie Shepp. Blackwell was named an Artist in Residence at Connecticut's Wesleyan University in 1975. The next year he joined with ex-Coleman mates Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, and Charlie Haden to form the collective Old and New Dreams, a band dedicated in the main to playing tunes from Ornette's book. Old and New Dreams served as Blackwell's best showcase throughout the '80s. For a variety of reasons - ill health significant among them - Blackwell had often been unable to record and publicly perform with Coleman's early bands, even as he contributed so greatly to their development. Hence, Old and New Dreams' well-distributed albums and intermittent tours exposed him to an audience that might have been otherwise unfamiliar with his work. The band recorded a tribute to Blackwell in 1987, "One For Blackwell," which features the drummer, giving him a bit more solo space than usual.

Until his death from kidney disease in 1992, Blackwell would continue to perform with colleagues from his Ornette days, as well as New Orleans contemporaries like Ellis Marsalis and Alvin and Harold Batiste. Blackwell recorded very seldom as a leader, though just before his death he made Walls, a posthumously released trio recording with Dewey Redman and bassist Cameron Brown that showed - especially given his deteriorating physical condition - he was still a voice to reckon with.

-Chris Kelsey (All Music Guide)

Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
musicians.allaboutjazz.com/musician.php?id=5049 Biography & articles on 'All About Jazz'
www.mindspring.com/~scala/blackwell.htm Discography
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Blackwell About from 'wikipedia'
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Blackwell About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной соисполнитель ...
 Old And New Dreams - 'Old And New Dreams (Black Saint)' - 1976, Black Saint
 Old And New Dreams - 'Old And New Dreams (ECM)' - 1979, ECM
  как соисполнитель ...
 Ray Anderson - 'Every One Of Us' - 1992, Gramavision Records
 Jane Ira Bloom - 'Mighty Lights' - 1982, Enja
 Don Cherry - 'Complete Communion' - 1965, Blue Note
 Don Cherry - 'Symphony For Improvisers' - 2005, Blue Note
 Ornette Coleman - 'Ornette On Tenor' - 1961, Rhino
 Ornette Coleman - 'This Is Our Music' - 1960, Atlantic
 John Coltrane - 'The Avant-Garde' - 1967, Atlantic, Rhino
 Eric Dolphy - 'At The Five Spot: Complete Edition' - 2011, Essential Jazz Classics
 Eric Dolphy - 'Eric Dolphy & Booker Little Remembered Live At Sweet Basil, Vol. 2: Fire Waltz' - 1993, Evidence
 Eric Dolphy - 'Live! At Five Spot Cafe' - 1961, Giants Of Jazz
 Rahsaan Roland Kirk - 'A Meeting Of The Times. Ornette!' - 1999, Collectables
 Scott LaFaro - 'The Alchemy Of Scott La Faro' - 1995, Giants Of Jazz
 Joe Lovano - 'From The Soul' - 1991, Blue Note
 David Murray - 'Death Of A Sideman' - 2000, DIW
 David Murray - 'Ming's Samba' - 1988, Columbia
 David Murray - 'Morning Song' - 1984, Black Saint
 Charlie Rouse - 'Epistrophy' - 1988, Savoy Jazz
 Archie Shepp - 'The New York Contemporary Five' - 1963, Storyville

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