Oliver Lake

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Oliver Lake
Oliver Lake.jpg
Lake performing in 2007
Background information
Born (1942-09-14) September 14, 1942 (age 76)
Marianna, Arkansas, U.S.
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsSaxophone
Years active1971–present
LabelsFreedom, Passin' Thru, Black Saint, Arista Novus, Gramavision, Intakt, Justin Time
Associated actsWorld Saxophone Quartet Trio 3
Websitewww.oliverlake.net

Oliver Lake (born September 14, 1942) is an American jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer, poet, and visual artist. He is known mainly for alto saxophone but he also performs on soprano and flute.[1] During the 1960s Lake worked with the Black Artists Group in St. Louis. In 1977 he founded the World Saxophone Quartet with David Murray, Julius Hemphill, and Hamiet Bluiett. He has worked in the group Trio 3 with Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille. He has appeared on more than 80 albums as a bandleader, co-leader, and side musician.[2] He is the father of drummer Gene Lake. Lake has been a resident of Montclair, New Jersey.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • 1971: Ntu: Point from Which Creation Begins (Freedom)
  • 1974: Passin' Thru (Passin' Thru)
  • 1975: Heavy Spirits (Freedom)
  • 1976: Holding Together (Black Saint)
  • 1976: Joseph Bowie/Oliver Lake (Sackville)
  • 1978: Shine (Arista Novus)
  • 1978: Life Dance of Is (Arista Novus)
  • 1978: Buster Bee (Sackville)
  • 1979: Zaki (Hat Art)
  • 1980: Prophet (Black Saint)
  • 1981: Jump Up (Gramavision)
  • 1981: Clevont Fitzhubert (Black Saint)
  • 1982: Plug It (Gramavision)
  • 1984: Expandable Language (Black Saint)
  • 1986: Gallery (Gramavision)
  • 1986: Dancevision (Blue Heron)
  • 1987: Impala (Gramavision)
  • 1988: Otherside (Gramavision)
  • 1991: Again and Again (Gramavision)
  • 1990: Oliver Lake - Compilation (Gramavision)
  • 1992: Boston Duets (Music & Arts)
  • 1992: Virtual Reality (Total Escapism) (Gazell)
  • 1994: Edge-ing (Black Saint)
  • 1996: Dedicated to Dolphy (Black Saint)
  • 1996: Matador of 1st & 1st (Passin' Thru)
  • 1996: Movements, Turns & Switches (Passin' Thru)
  • 2000: Talkin' Stick (Passin' Thru)
  • 2000: Kinda' Up (Passin' Thru)
  • 2001: Have Yourself A Merry (Passin' Thru)
  • 2003: Cloth (Passin' Thru)
  • 2004: Dat Love (Passin' Thru)
  • 2005: Oliver Lake Quartet Live (Passin' Thru)
  • 2006: Lake/Tchicai/Osgood/Westergaard (Passin' Thru)
  • 2008: Makin' It (Passin' Thru)
  • 2010: Plan (Passin' Thru)
  • 2011: For a Little Dancin' (Intakt)
  • 2013: Wheels (Passin' Thru)
  • 2013: All Decks (Intakt)
  • 2013: Oliver Lake - The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note (Black Saint/Soul Note)
  • 2015: To Roy (Intakt)
  • 2017: Right Up On (Passin' Thru)
  • 2017: Lakes at the Stone (Passin' Thru)

With Trio 3[edit]

With World Saxophone Quartet[edit]

As side musician[edit]

With Anthony Braxton

With Alex Cline

With Billy Hart

With Michael Gregory Jackson

With Mulgrew Miller

With Wadada Leo Smith

With James Blood Ulmer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic biography
  2. ^ "Oliver Lake". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  3. ^ "The State of Jazz: Meet 40 More Jersey Greats", The Star-Ledger, September 28, 2003, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 27, 2008. Accessed September 15, 2017. "Oliver Lake -- Lake, a longtime resident of Montclair, is a formidable alto saxophonist and composer of the jazz avant-garde."

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