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Posted on Sep 26, 2011 12:16:39 AM PDT
Another fellow whose name I used to see a lot but haven't for a long time:

*Carlos Garnett

...and others:
*Norman Connors
*Clive Stevens (a Brit - had a GREAT album on Capitol in the '70s that featured Ralph Towner and Billy Cobham)

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 3:57:56 PM PDT
While not truly "forgotten," tenor sax player VON FREEMAN is something of a local hero in Chicago -- perhaps he's not "better known" because of his "staying" in Chicago (as opposed to relocating to NYC, LA or Europe).

Also, the recently-passed tenor great FRED ANDERSON, an AACM-er that never got as well-known as, say, the Art Ensemble of Chicago or Muhal Richard Abrams.

Posted on Oct 5, 2011 12:53:28 PM PDT
Freddie Redd (pianist - had at least one LP on Blue Note)

Jack Wilson

Posted on Oct 5, 2011 1:05:11 PM PDT
The intent of this thread, presumably, was to cite musicians who are still working in relative obscurity, or who are at least still alive. Jack Wilson died four years ago today. Freddie Redd is still alive, but has not recorded, to my knowledge, in over 20 years. He may still be actively playing.

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 8:22:23 AM PDT
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Posted on Oct 13, 2011 2:26:01 PM PDT
How about Jimmy Woods? He cut two LPs in the early sixties, gigged with a few greats like Gerald Wilson and then . . . woosh, vanished.

Shayjazz21

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Posted on Oct 19, 2011 8:58:34 AM PDT
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Edwardobop says:
Joe Farrell, a fine sax and flute player, is someone that I had forgotten about until I was looking through some of my older recordings last weekend. His work with Elvin Jones on "Puttin' it Together" Puttin' It Together and on his own recording "Sonic Text" have made him a candidate for renewed interest. Sonic Text

He died not long after his 49th birthday and was very highly regarded as a musician by his peers before bad habits took hold.

Ed

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 9:30:23 AM PDT
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Edwardobop says:
Sorry if I'm not sticking to the original brief (forgotten but still alive). On my last post I should also have mentioned Don Lanphere ... another fine sax man. his recordings can be a little hit or miss but I would strongly urge giving this album a spin. Don Lanphere & Larry Coryell I still play this very regularly and the version of Imagination (the acoustic guitar/tenor sax intro is beautiful) is my standout track.

FYI: Lanphere went to New York as a member of the Johnny Bothwell Band. After a short time in the city, Lanphere was fired for stealing Bothwell's girl, Chan Richardson. He secured a job with Fats Navarro and recorded some excellent sides, then explored the big-band and swing scene. He played Carnegie Hall with Woody Herman's Second Herd, moved on to Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five, and gigged with the bands of Claude Thornhill, Charlie Barnet and Billy May. Lanphere also made friends with Charlie Parker and recorded the altoist at home with some friends. Those legendary tapes became known as "The Basement Sessions"... and Lanphere's girl, Chan, later became Mrs. Charlie Parker. He died in 2003

Ed

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2011 10:21:51 AM PDT
re: the late Joe Farrell: By "bad habits," I take it you mean drugs and/or alcohol? [I'm not trying to be sarcastic, I don't know much about Farrell apart from whom he played with and his excellent playing.]

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 10:25:08 AM PDT
A "forgotten" WOMAN of jazz: PATTI BOWN.

Is Dottie Dodgion still active? Was/is she related to Jerry Dodgion?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2011 10:32:06 AM PDT
Edwardobop says:
Shemp,

You are correct. Farrell went the way of many musicians from the 50's & 60's era. His work deserves to be better known.

FYI: Joe Farrell's CTI albums of 1970-1976, which combined together his hard bop style with some pop and fusion elements, made him briefly popular among listeners not familiar with his earlier work. Farrell began playing clarinet when he was 11 and, after graduating from the University of Illinois in 1959, he moved to New York where he worked with the Maynard Ferguson Big Band (1960-1961) and Slide Hampton (1962), and recorded with Charles Mingus, Dizzy Reece, and a notable series with Jaki Byard (1965). A member of both the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (1966-1969) and Elvin Jones' combo (1967-1970), Farrell's distinctive sound on tenor and general versatility were assets. A member of the original version of Return to Forever (1971-1972), Farrell was fairly prosperous during the 1970s when his solo CTI records sold well, but a drug problem gradually caught up with him. After performing with Mingus Dynasty in the late '70s and recording with Louis Hayes in 1983, he moved to Los Angeles where he scuffled during his last couple of years. Farrell died from bone cancer in 1986 at age 48. In addition to CTI, Farrell recorded as a leader for Warner Bros., Xanadu, Contemporary, RealTime, Timeless, and (with Airto and Flora Purim)

Ed

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2011 10:37:37 AM PDT
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J. Farrell was also in Return To Forever version one -- the 1st 2 RTF albums ("RTF" and "Light As a Feather"), before any guitarist joined.

I for one would've like to have heard the "results" had the original RTF (w/ JF) stuck-'round with the ADDITION of Bill Connors or Al DiMeola!

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Posted on Oct 19, 2011 10:45:15 AM PDT
Another couple o' noteworthy fellows (that I think have passed on):

Richie Kamuca / Don Elliott

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2011 10:47:33 AM PDT
Some of his stuff was "free" too -- I can't recall the album title but one (or 2) of Farrell's CTI [!!] platters had some boss "out" stuff therein!

Posted on Oct 19, 2011 10:50:01 AM PDT
OH I just recalled & I think he's still with us: JERRY HAHN.

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2011 11:07:24 AM PDT
I stand, uh, corrected.

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2011 11:28:16 AM PDT
Fyi: I was NOT trying to be humorous with regard to the late great Mr. Farrell.

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