About the Artist
Michael White is a truly original and groundbreaking violinist in the realm of jazz. In the 1960s, he introduced the violin into the free jazz scenes of the Bay Area and New York, playing with luminaries such as Sun Ra, John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders. In the early 1970s, he was a founding member of one of the very first fusion groups, the "Fourth Way". He released five albums with the Michael White Quartet on Impulse records, and toured throughout the United States and Europe. He has performed in Lagos, Nigeria with Stevie Wonder and Sun Ra. Michael continues to play with Pharoah Sanders, appearing on Sanders' 1996 album Message From Home. In 1998 he released an album of duets with Bill Frisell entitled Motion Pictures. His latest recording Voices (released in March, 2004) features a reunion with the original Impulse Records rhythm section of Cecil McBee, bass; Kenneth Nash, percussion – along with guitarist Timothy Young and vocalist Lesei Chen.
Voices features master musicians and old friends Timothy Young (guitar), Cecil McBee (bass), Kenneth Nash (percussion) and Leisei Chen (vocals). Cecil McBee and Kenneth Nash also performed on Michael’s classic 1973 release The Land of Spirit and Light.