Monday, March 13, 2006

Jazz News: Raphe Malik: Free Jazz Trumpeter with Taylor, Lyons: "Trumpeter Raphe Malik, a fixture in the bands of Cecil Taylor and Jimmy Lyons during the 1970s and 80s, has died of a prolonged illness. He had undergone a liver transplant a year ago but continued to suffer ill health up until his death on March 8, 2006. He was 57 years old."

This is really sad, I saw Malik lead an ensemble that gave one of the most awe-inspiring concerts I've ever seen, at a Unitarian Church in Albany, NY near the University's downtown campus with Glenn Spearman in one of his final public appearances and Dennis Warren who performed a drum solo that sound like Old Testament wrath - what a jaw dropper. The other time I saw Malik was with about three other people in the whole audience in a decrepit loft space in Albany way down by the riverfront - he played a duet with a drummer named (I think) Lopez or Lopes, the memory grows a little foggy. This was a very intricate series of free vignettes as the two danced around each other. He will be sorely missed.