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Marty Ehrlich


Multi-instrumentalism was one of the main characteristics of the free form jazz born with the Sixties and the Seventies, and Marty Erlich keeps that tradition alive today, even if the alto saxophone is his first instrument. Soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and flute are his other tools. During the years, he toured and recorded with his own groups (the Travelers Tales band, for instance) and as a sideman of many important musicians, like Andrew Hill, John Carter, Anthony Davis, Wadada Leo Smith, John Zorn, Oliver Lake and many others, but a good part of his work his dedicated to the legacy of composer and saxophonist Julius Hemphill, namely directing the Julis Hemphill Sextet, a colective of saxophones joined exclusively to perform the music of the late master. Erlich’s personal style is smooth and melody-oriented, something not to expect from a free player. And sometimes he can be groovy like hell, a particularity very unusual in present avant garde jazz if the name of the musician in question isn’t William Parker. He has all the conditions to be a frontline improviser, but he choosed to pay tribute to someone else. You have to be a great musician to act on behalf of a even greatest musician, and Hemphill couldn’t have a better disciple.

Marty Ehrlich's records on clean feed
Hard Blues
Julius Hemphill Sextet
Things Have Got to Change
Marty Ehrlich Rites Quartet
Frog Leg Logic
Marty Ehrlich's Rites Quartet
 
     
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