Robert Dick’s big bad flute

Flutists drawn to the instrument's floating high pitch also want to get down, according to Robert Dick, world master of the contrabass flute and extended flute techniques. He demonstrated this truism Monday at Dixon Place (NYC) with an improv titled "Fumarole," after the undersea vents for volcanic gasses that support unique ecosystems and lifeforms. It sounded like little else I've ever heard. … [Read more...]

Treasures of YouTube: Dolphy, flute; Mingus “Meditations”

Eric Dolphy solos beautifully then uses his bass clarinet for the ensemble line of bassist/composer/bandleader Charles Mingus "Meditations on Integration" in this 1964 clip, which warms my dank, chill afternoon in Brooklyn. Jaki Byard on piano, and dapper Danny Richmond, drums. howardmandel.com Subscribe by Email | Subscribe by RSS | Follow on Twitter All JBJ posts | … [Read more...]