Reviews that mention Noel McGhie

February 6, 2018

Steve Lacy

Free for a Minute (1965-72)
Emanem 5210

Spontaneous Music Ensemble (1968)

Karyobin are the imaginary birds said to live in paradise

Emanem 5046

Hans Reichel (1973)

Wichlinghauser Blues

Corbett vs. Dempsey CvsD CD 033

Roscoe Mitchell (1977)

Duets with Anthony Braxton

Delmark/Sackville SK 3016

Something In The Air: Historical Free Music Documents Reappear on CD

By Ken Waxman

Arguably the most important and least understood sound of the 20th Century, Free Music which combined jazz’s freedom with noted music’s rigour, while aiming for in-the-moment creation has now been around for almost six decades. With its advances now accepted as part of the ongoing sonic landscape, long out-of-print are being reissued and reappraised for their excellence. MORE

August 16, 2012

Steve Lacy Quintet

Clean Feed CF 247 CD

Steve Lacy

The Sun (1967-73)

Emanem 5022

Comfortable in his status as an expatriate musician, by the late 1960s soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy (1934-2004) was ensconced in Europe experimenting with different configurations. When he finally settled on his unique version of the quintet format, he maintained it on-and-off for the next quarter century. These valuable reissues of tracks from 1967, 1968, 1972 and 1973 not only itemize his early combo experiments, but also demonstrate the subtle shifts in Lacy’s playing at that time that would characterize his work from then on. MORE

December 20, 2011

François Tusques/Noel McGhie

Improvising Beings ib02

Undeservedly even more obscure than the second rank of American New Thingers, French musicians who played Free Jazz close to home in the mid-1960s have almost completely vanished from conventional musical histories. At least Yanks and the occasional non-American sideman recorded for ESP-Disk or alongside Jazz Heroes.

Like their associates elsewhere in Europe however, some of the French stylists weren’t content playing second fiddle –sometimes literally – to Yanks and sought a more distinctive style. When the so-called Free Jazz was declared a passé craze by the taste arbitrators, some Gallic experimenters turned to playing more conventional Jazz, Rock or out-and-out commercial sounds to make a living. Some gave up music altogether; at least one – clarinetist Michel Portal – became famous creating notated and film music. Yet another, on the evidence of this CD, is still improvising at the same high standard he was almost 50 years ago. MORE