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A collection of material from saxophonist Joe McPhee's personal archive of recordings, presenting unreleased material from 1980-1984, a diverse set demonstrating his investigative approach to solo playing from freely improvised, experimental, to melodic work.

McPhee, Joe
Solos: The Lost Tapes (1980-1981-1984) [VINYL]

McPhee, Joe: Solos: The Lost Tapes (1980-1981-1984) [VINYL] (Roaratorio)

Label: Roaratorio    
Released in: USA    

"In 1976, Joe McPhee recorded the landmark album Tenor, kicking off a solo period of finding and refining the distinctive voice that continues to inform his music to this day. Solos : The Lost Tapes (1980 - 1981 - 1984) is a collection of material from McPhee's personal archives that shines new light on the legendary multi-instrumentalist's work during this time.

"Wind Cycles," for tenor saxophone, explores the permutations of breath on reed and brass, from quiet whispers to full-throated cries and back again. With "The Redwood Rag," McPhee takes a jaunty melody and gives it a swinging workout with Steve Lacy-like precision. The free-blowing alto excursion "Ice Blu" is, in McPhee's words, "a sound which evokes an image, which asks a question 'What is that?' and the answer is, a sound which evokes an image which asks a question." "Voices," one of his signature compositions, gets a particularly haunting treatment here on soprano, with McPhee incorporating various electronics to mesmerizing effect.

All together, Solos : The Lost Tapes (1980 - 1981 - 1984) is the distilled essence of one of the most important creative improvising musicians of our time. Cover art by Judith Lindbloom. Includes a download coupon for the full album plus a bonus interview, conducted at the New Music America Festival in 1981."-Roaratorio

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Label: Roaratorio
Catalog ID: ROAR 038LP
Squidco Product Code: 20906

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded in 1980, 1981 and 1984.


Joe McPhee-tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, sopranino saxophone, electronics

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Track Listing:


1. Wind Cycles 14:48

2. The Redwood Rag 3:50


1. Ice Blu 6:52

2. Voices 13:02

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