Various Artists

Wildflowers: The New York Loft Jazz Sessions, Vol. 1

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In the mid-'70s the jazz press seemed to discover the "loft scene" occuring in New York. Basically some of the avant-garde jazz musicians who were having trouble securing work took matters into their own hands and opened their own little clubs. Casablanca on five LPs documented a song or two apiece from many of the musicians and, taken as a whole, this series (which has yet to appear on CD) gives one a good idea as to the strength and diversity of the scene of the period. On the first album, the fiery tenor Kalaparusha McIntyre, Sam Rivers (on soprano) and altoist Henry Threadgill (with AIR) are showcased in trios, veteran altoist Ken McIntyre leads a quartet and drummer Sunny Murray heads a quintet on "Over the Rainbow" that features David Murray on tenor and altoist Byard Lancaster. Very interesting music.