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Decades ago, this post-bopper trumpet player performed regularly on our stages. It has been a while, however, since his last visit, so his visit to JAZZMADRID is cause for a double celebration. Charles Tolliver is a musician with agile and free phrasing, whose deep knowledge of the history of jazz allows him to shine in improvisations in which balance and a spirit of renewal prevail.
Born in Florida, he studied Pharmacy at Howard University. Something must have gone awry though, because he ended up becoming a musician. He moved to New York, and in 1964 he started to become more well-known by playing and recording with alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. Seven years later, Tolliver founded Strata-East Records with Stanley Cowell, and that’s the label he has released his entire discography on ever since.
It is not an easy task to assess his enormous body of work, but it should be noted that, after a lengthy period of silence, he returned in 2007 with two big band albums, one of which, “With Love”, was nominated for the Grammys. His concert in JAZZMADRID will revisit “Paper Man” an album that was first published 50 years ago. Gary Bartz, who plays the alto sax in the band, was on the original recording. He will be replaced by Jesse Davis.
Components Charles Tolliver: trumpet Jesse Davis: alto sax Keith Brown: piano Buster Williams: bass Lenny White: drums
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