Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
romualdo

Charles Brackeen

13 posts in this topic

Any love out there for Charles Brackeen?

Hasn't recorded for a while now - is he still active?

Would love to get my hands on a copy (CD preferably) of Rhythm X (Strata East) - was released in Japan (Bomba) in the early/mid 90's & also through Strata East (when?) - I never see it second hand

Jonathan Horwich should reissue this on his International Phonograph label - maybe I should add this to that thread (if I can find it again)

Just ordered some CD's from Nobusiness Records (Lithuania) - I mentioned Brackeen in my email & this was the reply from Danas Mikalilionis

"I am planing to release Evan Parker trio next March, also will be putting out a double CD

and vinyl of Melodic Art-Tet where Charles Brackeen played together with Ahmed Abdullah

back in 70s. He has recently been discovered by his fellow musicians, so who knows, maybe

he'll start playing again"

Has the Melodic Art-Tet been previously released on vinyl or will this be a first?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have heard precious little of his playing, just a cut on the Silkheart sampler, but I'd love to hear more. An interesting guy.

Patrol eBay or Dusty Groove for Rhythm X. I've seen multiple copies turn up both places recently for less than $20

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Last I heard (several years now), Charles was still living in Los Angeles, but had stopped playing. He and Billy Higgins were apparently very close, and had continued to play together (privately only?) over the years, but Billy's passing was rather devastating to him.

Seems like some or all of this was summarized in a SIGNAL TO NOISE article some years back focusing on Dennis Gonzalez's attempts to reconnect with Brackeen.

Don;t sleep on BANNAR or any of the Silkhearts, for that matter.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In addition to his own releases on Silkheart, Brackeen is also featured favorably on a few of Dennis Gonzalez' recordings on the same label as well with Paul Motian on ECM in the seventies. I have heard some live stuff by the Melodic Art-Tet, but I do not know if anything by that group has ever been officially released.

Edited by relyles

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

the two great ones on Silkheart are:

Worshippers Come Nigh:

Charles Brackeen tenor saxophone

Olu Dara cornet

Fred Hopkins bass

Andrew Cyrille drums

Dennis Gonzalez Sextet:

Dennis Gonzalez trumpet, pocket-trumpet, fluegelhorn, pao de chuva, Pakistani bells, kalimba, vocal

Ahmed Abdullah trumpet, fluegelhorn, balafon

Charles Brackeen tenor sax, conga

Douglas Ewart alto sax, bass clarinet

Malachi Favors bass, vocal

Alvin Fielder drums, percussion

the opening 15 minute title track on this one is one of the great jazz performances ever.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Silkhearts are highly recommended, stunning music not to be missed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Now listening to:

Paul Motian Trio

Postaula, Bremen (Germany)

September 13, 1977

Charles Brackeen ts,ss

David Izenzon b

Paul Motian dr

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Has the Melodic Art-Tet been previously released on vinyl or will this be a first?

As far as I know this is a first.

Ahmed Abdullah, when you moved to Brooklyn in 1970, what was it like for jazz in Brooklyn at that time?

Ahmed Abdullah: ...

In the 1970s many of the musicians lived around Williamsburg, around Broadway and Bedford. Rashied Ali had a group there called the Melodic Art-Tet, and the group actually consisted of [saxophonist] Charles Brackeen, [bassist] Ronnie Boykins, and Roger Blank, and we used to rehearse at Rashied Ali‘s place; he had a loft in Brooklyn. This was before he got his loft in Soho that became Ali’s Alley in the mid-70s.

http://jazztimes.com/articles/27324-sista-s-place-a-jazz-cultural-beachhead-in-brooklyn-part-one

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Brackeen was homeless recently, I know that much. I wanted to connect with him but it seemed nearly impossible to do so.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Brackeen was homeless recently, I know that much. I wanted to connect with him but it seemed nearly impossible to do so.

that's very sad indeed. Sad when anyone find themselves in such a situation but seemingly more so here even though the only connection I have with him is greatly enjoying his music since first hearing the Silkhearts

Edited by mjazzg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Brackeen was homeless recently, I know that much. I wanted to connect with him but it seemed nearly impossible to do so.

What a pity

National treasures relegated to the bin

Upsets (& angers) me whenever I read this sort of outcome but alas I'm not familiar with the details of his story

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mental health issues, from what I understand. I was dissuaded from trying to interview him by some of his former collaborators. Said he wasn't really together enough to talk. Too bad.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.