Oliver Lake

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Oliver Lake
Lake performing in 2007
Lake performing in 2007
Background information
Born (1942-09-14) September 14, 1942 (age 79)
Marianna, Arkansas, U.S.[1]
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsSaxophone
Years active1971–present
LabelsFreedom, Black Saint, Arista Novus, Gramavision, Intakt, Justin Time
Associated actsWorld Saxophone Quartet
Websitewww.oliverlake.net

Oliver Lake (born September 14, 1942)[1] 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.[2] During the 1960s, Lake worked with the Black Artists Group in St. Louis.[1] In 1977, he founded the World Saxophone Quartet with David Murray, Julius Hemphill, and Hamiet Bluiett.[2] He has worked in the group Trio 3 with Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille.[2] He has appeared on more than 80 albums as a bandleader, co-leader, and side musician. 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]

  • Heavy Spirits (Arista/Freedom, 1975)
  • Passing Thru (Passin' Thru, 1974)
  • Holding Together (Black Saint, 1976)
  • NTU: Point from Which Creation Begins (Arista/Freedom, 1976)
  • Buster Bee (Sackville, 1978)
  • Life Dance of Is (Arista Novus, 1978)
  • Shine! (Arista Novus, 1979)
  • Clevont Fitzhubert (Black Saint, 1981)
  • Prophet (Black Saint, 1981)
  • Jump Up (Gramavision, 1982)
  • Plug It (Gramavision, 1983)
  • Expandable Language (Black Saint, 1985)
  • Gallery (Gramavision, 1986)
  • Dancevision (Blue Heron, 1986)
  • Impala (Gramavision, 1987)
  • Otherside (Gramavision, 1988)
  • Again and Again (Gramavision, 1991)
  • Boston Duets (Music & Arts, 1992)
  • Virtual Reality (Total Escapism) (Gazell, 1992)
  • Zaki (hat ART, 1992)
  • Edge-ing (Black Saint, 1994)
  • Dedicated to Dolphy (Black Saint, 1996)
  • Matador of 1st & 1st (Passin' Thru, 1996)
  • Movement, Turns & Switches (Passin' Thru, 1997)
  • Kinda' Up (Justin Time, 2000)
  • Talkin' Stick (Passin' Thru, 2000)
  • Have Yourself a Merry... (Passin' Thru, 2001)
  • Cloth (Passin' Thru, 2003)
  • Dat Love (Passin' Thru, 2004)
  • Live (Passin' Thru, 2005)
  • Urban Rumination (Metaphysical, 2005)
  • Lake/Tchicai/Osgood/Westergaard (Passin' Thru, 2006)
  • Makin' It (Passin' Thru, 2008)
  • For a Little Dancin (Intakt, 2010)
  • Plan (Passin' Thru, 2010)
  • Lakes at the Stone (Passin' Thru, 2011)
  • Wheels (Passin' Thru, 2013)
  • All Decks (Intakt, 2013)
  • What I Heard (Passin' Thru, 2014)
  • To Roy (Intakt, 2015)
  • Live at the Downtown Music Gallery NYC (2016)
  • Right Up On (Passin' Thru, 2017)

With Trio 3

As sideman[edit]

With Bjork

  • Debut (One Little Indian, 1993)
  • Celebrating Wood and Metal (MTV, 1997)
  • Surrounded (One Little Indian, 2006)

With World Saxophone Quartet

With others

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 251. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  2. ^ a b c "Oliver Lake | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  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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