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Arthur Blythe


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A brilliant altoist. With the heart of Parker, the wisdom of Ornette, and the joy of Ellington! (OK Ellington didn’t play the alto, but you get me, don’t you?)

A singularly distinctive and uniquely distinguishable stylist, Arthur Blythe is considered one of the greatest alto saxaphonist’s of his generation. Born in Los Angeles, May 7, 1940, and raised in San Diego, CA Blythe’s beautiful, passionate and expressive sound validate his reputation as one of the most significant jazz musicians of our times.

Influenced by johnny Hodges, Earl Bostic, Tab Smith, monk Cannonball and John Coltrane, Arthur he began his career on the alto at nine years old and by 13 was playing in an r&b band. Moving back to LA in the late 50’s, Blythe became a leading member of a lively and creative avant-garde jazz scene.

Arthur started working with the inimatable pianist-composer Horace Tapscott with whom he made his first recording. In 1969, Arthur made his records debut on Tapscott’s “The Giant is Awakening.”

Blythe settled in new York City in 1974 and has since built a stellar career while performing in a variety of jazz-oriented, world music environments. His aesthetic vision is broad enough to embrace that which is traditional, the modernist and the experimental impulse in contemporary jazz.

Various Arthur Blythe ensembles have included African drums, Turkish Percussion, Violins, vialas, electric guitar and tubs, in addition to piano, contrabass and drums. His individualistic instrumental blends are acknowledged for their recognizable, yet personal, musical statements.


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