Grachan Moncur III 1937 – 2022

Grachan Moncur III, a trombonist and composer who forged a unique identity in the “new thing” of 1960s jazz, died June 3 at his home in Newark, New Jersey. It was his 85th birthday. His death was first reported Friday on social media, and confirmed later that day by WBGO radio in Newark. Moncur’s son … Read more

Joe McPhee (Part III) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Gary Chapin Flow Trio & Joe McPhee – Winter Garden (ESPDisk, 2021) The liner notes for this one explore the beginnings of “free jazz” and namecheck Guiseppei Logan’s eponymous 1964 ESP album. It’s an apt shout out because listening to Winter Garden I felt it was almost a platonic ideal of a free jazz … Read more