Frank Lowe

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Frank Lowe
Birth name Frank Lowe
Born (1943-06-24)June 24, 1943
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died September 19, 2003(2003-09-19) (aged 60)
New York City, New York, United States
Genres Free jazz
Avant-garde jazz
Instruments Tenor saxophone
Years active 1960s – 2002
Labels Arista Freedom
Bird Notes
Debut
ESP-Disk
Impulse!

Frank Lowe (June 24, 1943 – September 19, 2003) was an American avant-garde jazz saxophonist and composer.[1]

Biography[edit]

Born and brought up in Memphis, Tennessee, Lowe took up the tenor saxophone at the age of 12.[2] As an adult he moved to San Francisco, where he met Ornette Coleman.[3] Coleman suggested Lowe visit to New York, which Lowe did, and he began playing with Sun Ra and then Alice Coltrane,[4] with whom he recorded in 1971.[5] Unusually for the jazz culture at the time, Lowe had had no extended apprenticeship or slow paying-of-dues: one moment he was an amateur, and the next he was playing with the late John Coltrane's rhythm section. With Alice Coltrane he recorded World Galaxy in 1971.[3]

Lowe began recording with his own group in 1973, with his album Black Beings, on ESP-Disk.

Lowe was a tenor saxophonist who was extremely influenced by the first and second waves of free jazz throughout the 1960s. His composition "Spirits in the Field" was performed on Arthur Blythe's 1977 album The Grip.

On September 19, 2003, he died of lung cancer. His legacy was a varied body of recordings and memorable performances.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Alice Coltrane

With Billy Bang

  • Valve No. 10 (Soul Note, 1988)
  • Vietnam: The Aftermath (Justin Time, 2001)
  • Above & Beyond: An Evening in Grand Rapids (Justin Time, 2007)

With Don Cherry

With Joe McPhee

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott (2003). Jazz on Record: The First Sixty Years. Backbeat Books. p. 716. ISBN 0879307552. 
  3. ^ a b Ratliff, Ben (2008). Coltrane: The Story of a Sound. Macmillan. 
  4. ^ Wilmer, Val (1977). As Serious as your Life. Quartet. p. 136. ISBN 0-7043-3164-0. 
  5. ^ "Frank Lowe discography". Retrieved 2010-07-26.