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Mark Stryker

Creative Black Music at the Walker

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Whoa!

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has launched a remarkable archive of creative black music dating back some 40 years, including audio (and in some cases video) of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, Julius Eastman, Betty Carter, Wadada Leo Smith, and Amiri Baraka.

 

https://walkerart.org/collections/publications/jazz/creative-black-music-at-the-walker-selections-from-the-archives

Edited by Mark Stryker

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Yes, really impressive.

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This is really something. Gonna take a long time to work my way through it, as it should be.

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I've been on this all week. Too bad there's not more Ornette Coleman and Wadada Leo Smith (just excerpts). I'm really in love with the Braxton/Teitelbaum duet. There's three full Braxton concerts actually, the most of anyone. 

 

I was living in Minneapolis when many of the early 80s concerts happened, but alas, I wasn't very hip for a 9 year old. :P

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I saw a few of these shows - but missed too many back when I was a student w/o funds (or enough knowledge). 

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LOL, one of the ephemera they have is an interview with Cecil Taylor in the Minnesota Daily from 1979, love the exchange about Amiri Baraka at the end. I can just hear it in Taylor's arch voice too.:

1979-MN-Daily_Taylor_002.jpg

 

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