43: windy city blows

Beth Custer at Yoshi's, March, 2009

Joe McPhee
Saturday, November 20, 5pm
Corbett vs. Dempsey

Friends and colleagues…

It is with great pleasure that Corbett vs. Dempsey presents a rare solo performance by legendary multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee.

Based in Poughkeepsie, New York, McPhee is one of the great American improvisors.  Since the late 1960s, he has worked as a saxophonist, trumpeter, valve-trombonist, and all around musical emanator.  His first LP, “Nation Time,” is now regarded as a free jazz classic; the unaccompanied outing “Tenor” ranks as one of the finest saxophone records of all time.  This concert is held in the context of “Sound On Sound,” an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Christopher Wool, which takes its name from a group of early recordings by McPhee.

To celebrate McPhee’s inspiring music, Corbett vs. Dempsey is issuing a two-CD set of these previously unreleased solo recordings from 1968 to 1973.  The extraordinary tracks document the very early years of McPhee’s tenor playing (he was initially a trumpet player, though he was an absolute natural saxophonist) and his omnivorous interest in sound-making devices of all types (from drone organ to nagoya harp, by way of soprano sax and hand percussion),  They present a little-known aspect of his early work, his interest in multi-track recording, here executed on a device known as a Sound On Sound tape machine.  When he performed live in concert with the device, he called it his “Survival Unit.”

It’s always a mystery what instrument(s) McPhee will have in hand for a given concert.  One thing is certain:  Whatever the axe, Joe McPhee will make it sing.

Corbett vs. Dempsey
1120 N. Ashland Ave. 3
Chicago, Il. 60622
Hours: Thurs., Fri. & Sat. 11-4 (& b

Meanwhile, clarinetist and composer Beth Custer, shown above at Yoshi’s at a Marshall Allen tribute in spring, 2009, is returning from Soviet Georgia where she and her combo presented her score to “My Grandmother” film.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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5 Responses to 43: windy city blows

  1. markweiss86 says:

    If my phone had not melted I would have added the visual of Greg Brown’s “windy city” mural, the detail of the sax.

  2. markweiss86 says:

    Meanwhile here is Wedge’s review of the show I am referencing, which was actually June, 2009 not March.

  3. Mark Weiss says:

    Beth Custer and Club Foot upcoming at Montalvo:

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