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Grachan Moncur III Has Died - RIP


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I still can’t believe I got to hear Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers, and Grachan — not all at the same time, mind you.

Back when I was in Kansas City, I heard Andrew up in Iowa City — and Sam in Topeka. And then Grachan here in DC in late 2011.

RIP

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8 hours ago, Rooster_Ties said:

I still can’t believe I got to hear Andrew Hill, Sam Rivers, and Grachan — not all at the same time, mind you.

Back when I was in Kansas City, I heard Andrew up in Iowa City — and Sam in Topeka. And then Grachan here in DC in late 2011.

RIP

Same here.  Saw Moncur in the late 90's where he was a fill-in for Charles Tolliver with one of those all-star groups (Timeless All-Stars maybe?) at the Painted Bride.  Saw Rivers in the mid-late 70's at the Empty Foxhole Cafe and Hill in the mid-late 70's at the Walnut Street Theatre, and less than 20 people attended.  Solo piano performance, it was great.

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On 6/4/2022 at 10:11 AM, clifford_thornton said:

I saw him once with Jackie McLean, Rene McLean, Bobby Hutcherson and others at the Iridium back in 2004. It was incredible to see the three veterans of Blue Note Records playing tunes like "Love and Hate."

I was at that engagement too.

A unique and innovative musical mind who contributed to some classic albums. RIP GM3!

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On 6/4/2022 at 1:11 PM, clifford_thornton said:

I saw him once with Jackie McLean, Rene McLean, Bobby Hutcherson and others at the Iridium back in 2004. It was incredible to see the three veterans of Blue Note Records playing tunes like "Love and Hate."

This Molde footage is something else.

I was there for two nights!!!

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On 6/4/2022 at 7:28 AM, soulpope said:

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R.I.P ....

 

On 6/4/2022 at 10:45 PM, Rooster_Ties said:

Some rare live footage to enjoy — over 48 minutes worth, from 1970! — as we think back on this unique voice in the music…

This seems to have just been uploaded a couple months ago.  I’m copying over the particulars, in case the video disappears later…

Upload title: The 360 Degrees Music Experience - Live @ Molde Jazz Festival 1970

Description: Beaver Harris drums, Grachan Moncour III trombon, Roland Alexander sax, Dave Burell piano, Jymie Merrit bass, Buzzy vocals

00:00 Part 1 - New Africa

15:40 Part 2

32:25 Part 3

46:44 Presenting musicians...

The 360 Degree Music Experience was an American band that performed both traditional and experimental jazz. Active during the 1970s and '80s, the group was initially co-led by drummer Beaver Harris and the pianist Dave Burrell. After Burell left the group, pianist Don Pullen replaced him. Several other notable musicians were members of the band at one time or another, including Hamiet Bluiett, Cameron Brown, Ron Carter, Ricky Ford, Jimmy Garrison, Grachan Moncur III, Titos Sompa, and Buster Williams among others. The group released two albums for BMG: From Ragtime to No Time and A Well Kept Secret - from Wikipedia

Man, this thread is getting to me. RIP! If it wasn't for Jackie's Destination...Out!!!  I would've never known about GMIII! Like how I discovered Grant Green on Lee's Search for the New Land, who would've known what a gem was tucked in there. Man, this hurts. 

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2 hours ago, brownie said:

News of his death still remain unreported in the NY Times or the Washington Post. Or did I miss these?

NYT… (Thanks for asking, because I had missed this myself)

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/09/arts/music/grachan-moncur-iii-dead.amp.html

Edit: Nothing from the WashPo (at least not yet) — but here’s one from The Guardian…

https://amp.theguardian.com/music/2022/jun/06/grachan-moncur-iii-obituary

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