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Makanda Ken McIntyre: The Complete United Artists Sessions

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All but forgotten now, Ken McIntyre was one of the finest woodwind players (alto sax, flute, oboe) to emerge in the early 1960s. By 1962-3, when the material on this two CD set was cut, he’d already recorded with Eric Dolphy. McIntyre was also an impressive composer who employed, by 1960 standards, unusual forms and meters.

On the first CD McIntyre uses a string section to augment his combo for seven tracks. During the last five and first two on the second disc he plays with a quartet including pianist Jaki Byard. The remainder are by a quintet containing trombonist John Mancebo Lewis and pianist Ed Stoute. On the tracks with strings, which have tight arrangements, McIntyre turns in fragmented solos, fitting them into the contexts of the charts. The other selections are less formal.

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