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Bobby Few has died

French media are reporting the death at the age of 85 of pianist Bobby Few. From Cleveland, Ohio, Few made the move to Paris at the end of the 1960s. Rooted in free-jazz, out of the century-changing Cecil Taylor sound, Few knew Albert Ayler at …

Published: 8 Jan 2021. Updated: 3 months.

French media are reporting the death at the age of 85 of pianist Bobby Few.

From Cleveland, Ohio, Few made the move to Paris at the end of the 1960s. Rooted in free-jazz, out of the century-changing Cecil Taylor sound, Few knew Albert Ayler at high school and later played on Ayler's records Music is the Healing Force of the Universe and The Last Album.

Associated with Noah Howard and Frank Wright as the 60s spooled into the 70s Few later became heavily identified with saxophonist Steve Lacy and appeared with Lacy on records throughout the 1980s and 90s for such labels as HatArt and Soul Note among a range of others. RIP.

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Lauren Kinsella: tonight at eight

Lauren Kinsella streams this evening as part of Dublin promoter IMC's ongoing online series Piece by Piece. ''Recently,'' the experimental Irish singer says quoted on the IMC site, ''I have performed in a couple of live streams and pre-recorded …

Published: 8 Jan 2021. Updated: 3 months.

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Lauren Kinsella streams this evening as part of Dublin promoter IMC's ongoing online series Piece by Piece. ''Recently,'' the experimental Irish singer says quoted on the IMC site, ''I have performed in a couple of live streams and pre-recorded performances including a gig with the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris from my studio in London, and at Café Oto and the 606 Jazz Club for the London Jazz Festival. I enjoyed these – it was a new experience having to sing to several cameras with no or very limited audience at the venues. Even though live performances are on hold at the moment, the fact that we can respond in any way is a positive thing.''

Clock too an imminent Snowpoet record, a project also involving Kinsella. Titled Wait for Me it's out via the Edition label on 19 February. Snowpoet habitually manage to harness the trick of following an avant garde method yet land in an accessible almost suspiciously melodic space preloaded with a certain antisentimental vaccine that rarely comes as standard. Coloured above all by the extraordinarily poetic Kinsella voice and the deft coating of the ensemble sound in an organic electronic wash that has a mystical magic to it Snowpoet sound like no other.

Click for 'Roots' streaming ahead of release.

The stream tonight begins at 8pm. Access via the link above. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.

Lauren Kinsella photo, top, IMC