Tag: Arthur Blythe

  • Darius Jones

    Pure power rings through the metal of his alto sax, and the frenetics that invariably erupt are often grounded in something spiritual. That’s why some cite him as a blend of Albert Ayler and Arthur Blythe. Check last year’s Man’ish Boy—Jones has a way of piercing the air with his sound. There’s no way to […]

  • Blurred Lines

    From the late ’70s to the mid ’80s, Arthur Blythe blurred the lines between avant-garde and mainstream, simultaneously pursuing loft-scene polyphony, swinging postbop, and harmolodic fusion—and maintaining an improbably lengthy association with Columbia Records. Since then, Blythe’s stature has diminished, along with his huge and bracing alto saxophone sound. But a weeklong Blue Note engagement […]

  • Black Arthur’s Return

    Arthur Blythe’s story may not make a movie, but it certainly works as jazz allegory. He came to New York from San Diego in the magical mid ’70s, and on his second night out sat in with Elvin Jones. Although he was critically neglected at home, at 34 he was hardly inexperienced—having studied with, among […]