Myra MELFORD Trio & Rashied ALI Quartet – The October Revolution 1994

Myra MELFORD Trio & Rashied ALI Quartet – The October Revolution 1994


The October Revolution was recorded live in New York, during a show commemorating the 30th anniversary of the avant-garde concert series The October Revolution In Jazz.
Ali/Patterson was born and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; his family was musical: his mother had sung with Jimmie Lunceford.His brother, Muhammad Ali, is also a drummer, who played with Albert Ayler, among others. Ali, along with his father and brother, converted to Islam.
Ali moved to New York in 1963 and worked in groups with Bill Dixon and Paul Bley.He has also recorded or performed with Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, Arthur Rhames, James Blood Ulmer and many others. In addition, Ali was scheduled to be the second drummer, alongside Elvin Jones, on John Coltrane’s landmark free jazz album Ascension, but he dropped out just before the recording was to take place. Coltrane did not replace him, and settled for one drummer. Ali began to record with Coltrane from Meditations in November 1965 onwards.
Among his credits are the last recorded work of John Coltrane’s life (The Olatunji Concert) and Interstellar Space, an album of duets with Coltrane recorded earlier in 1967. Ali “became important in stimulating the most avant-garde kinds of jazz activities”.[5] During the early 1970s, he ran an influential loft club in New York, called Ali’s Alley. Ali also briefly formed a non-jazz project called Purple Trap with Japanese experimental guitarist Keiji Haino and jazz-fusion bassist Bill Laswell. Their double-CD album, Decided…Already the Motionless Heart of Tranquility, Tangling the Prayer Called “I”, was released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label in March 1999.
In the 1980s, he was member of Phalanx, a group with guitarist James “Blood” Ulmer, tenor saxophonist George Adams, and bassist Sirone.
Though most known for his work in the jazz idiom, Rashied Ali also made his contributions to other experimental art forms including multi-media performances with The Gift of Eagle Orchestra and Cosmic Legends. Performances such as Devachan and the Monads, Dwarf of Oblivion, which took place at the Kitchen Center for Performance Art, and a special tribute to John Cage in Central Park, have taken performance art to new levels with the addition of fully improvised large scale performance pieces. Other artists of the orchestra and Cosmic Legends have included Hayes Greenfield (sax), Perry Robinson (clarinet), Wayne Lopes (guitar), Dave Douglas (trumpet), Gloria Tropp (vocals), director/pianist Sylvie Degiez along with Poets and actors, Ira Cohen, Taylor Mead, Judith Malina (Living Theater). More recently, Ali has played with Sonny Fortune.
In the last years of his life, Rashied Ali led his own eponymous quintet. A double CD entitled Judgment Day was recorded in February 2005 and features Jumaane Smith on trumpet, Lawrence Clark on tenor sax, Greg Murphy on piano and Joris Teepe on bass. This album was recorded at Ali’s own Survival Studio, which has been in existence since the 1970s. In addition to his performance activities Ali served as mentor to numerous young drummers including Matt Smith.
In 2007, Ali recorded “Going to the Ritual” in duo with bassist/violinist Henry Grimes (Porter Records #PRCD-4005), with a second duo recording in post-production at the time of Ali’s death. Ali and Grimes also played five duo concerts together between 2007 and 2009, and a sixth concert in June 2007 with pianist Marilyn Crispell. Ali is the featured drummer on Azar Lawrence’s album Mystic Journey, recorded in April 2009 and released in May 2010.
Rashied Ali died aged 74 in a Manhattan, New York City hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Myra Melford (born January 5, 1957 in Illinois) is a jazz pianist and composer. In recent years, Melford has begun playing the harmonium as well as piano.
Melford grew up in the Chicago area. Based in New York City since the mid 80s, Melford has played as a side-person with Henry Threadgill, and has led her own bands including players such as trumpeters Dave Douglas and Cuong Vu, reed players Marty Ehrlich and Chris Speed, bassists Lindsey Horner and Stomu Takeishi, drummers Michael Sarin and Kenny Wolleson, and cellist Erik Friedlander.
In addition she has played in a leaderless trio called Equal Interest which includes Joseph Jarman of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and AACM violinist Leroy Jenkins, and has played in duos with Marty Ehrlich, Dutch percussionist Han Bennink and flutist Marion Brandis.
She is currently teaching at the University of California, Berkeley.
Rashied Ali Quartet [#1, 3]
Borah Bergman- Piano
Wilber Morris- Bass
Joe McPhee- Flugelhorn, Tenor Sax
Rashied Ali- Drums

Myra Melford Trio [#2]
Myra Melford- Piano
Lindsey Horner- Bass
Tom Rainey- Drums
01. For Bill Dixon, (Part. 1) 40:54
02. The Death of Danny Love 7:34
03. For Bill Dixon, (Part. 2) 25:13

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