Sunday, February 5, 2017

Three by Thornton !!

Clifford Thornton
Clifford had a fantastic and innovating solo career, as well as one hell of a contributor with such heavyweights as Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, Sunny Murray, and Archie Shepp. His work is commonly boxed in to the expansive genre of Free Jazz. Politically, he was very convicted and he had no qualms letting others know of his leanings. These views, as justified as they might have been, led to a ban from entering France where his work was fruitful. He is suppose to have met with the Black Panther Party's Bobby Seale and Eldridge Cleaver, and he accepted a position with UNESCO's International Bureau of Education to be an educational counselor on African-American education. So, he was very active in bettering the inhumane conditions which saturated the 1960's and 70's. Like I said, a man of conviction. There's much more to learn about Mr. Thornton, so I suggest you read up on him.






  2. I imagine you know about this one, but in case you don't:
    Clifford Thornton & The Jazz Composer's Orchestra - The Gardens of Harlem
    In tracking this down I saw where Wiki referred to it as his masterwork. I think that's a fair assessment. If you don't already have it,I hope you'll enjoy this with thanks.

  3. Rev.b, if you have any requests for me to post, let me know

  4. It's probably best you continue as you like. I'm sure there are plenty of things I would love but don't know enough to ask for! Hope you like Gardens. I feel fortunate Cliff was given the opportunity and resources to produce it. The paying is so inspired and the themes so poignant and memorable.