Personalities | George Adams | Eighties | Jazz & Blues

(Tenor saxophone, flute, 1940–92)

A passionate voice on tenor sax in Charles Mingus’s last band (1973–76), Adams co-led one of the most dynamic quartets of the 1980s with pianist Don Pullen; it also featured Mingus drummer Dannie Richmond and bassist Cameron Brown. In a series of 12 recordings through the 1980s for the Soul Note and Timeless labels, the Adams-Pullen band brilliantly straddled the inside-outside aesthetic, perhaps most successfully on 1983’s two-volume Live At The Village Vanguard.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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