Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis: Friends
Jun 20, 2013 07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Trumpet great Hugh Masekela and piano master Larry Willis unite for a celebration of the Great American Songbook! Once classmates at the Manhattan School of Music, the two took slightly different paths: Willis has had an admirable career based in New York, spanning the free jazz, fusion, and post-bop movements of the past 50 years; Masekela scored some hit singles before turning his attention to the political climate in his native South Africa. Now they reunite with a new recording, the 4-disc Friends, and a string of intimate dates that showcase both artists’ virtuosity and immense emotional capacity.
Upon graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in the mid 1960s, pianist Larry Willis immediately became a force on the New York avant-garde jazz scene. His playing, bold, frenetic and ambitious, found a home in the free jazz scene and also landed Willis recording dates with Lee Morgan, Jackie McLean and Stan Getz. A longtime devotee of Herbie Hancock, Willis moved into jazz-rock and fusion, eventually joining Blood Sweat and Tears for a time. Willis has also worked with Sonny Fortune, David “Fathead” Newman, Carla Bley, Nat Adderley and Woody Shaw.
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