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Sirone (musician)

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Birth nameNorris Jones
Born(1940-09-28)September 28, 1940
Atlanta, United States
DiedOctober 21, 2009(2009-10-21) (aged 69)
Berlin, Germany
GenresJazz, free jazz, avant-garde jazz.
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Instrument(s)Bass, trombone

Norris Jones, better known as Sirone (September 28, 1940[1] – October 21, 2009)[2] was an American jazz bassist, trombonist, and composer.


Born in Atlanta, Georgia,[3] Sirone worked in Atlanta late in the 1950s and early in the 1960s with "The Group" alongside George Adams; he also recorded with R&B musicians such as Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson.[1] In 1966, in response to a call from Marion Brown, he moved to New York City,[4] where he co-founded the "Untraditional Jazz Improvisational Team" with Dave Burrell.[1] He also worked with Brown, Gato Barbieri, Pharoah Sanders, Noah Howard, Sonny Sharrock, Sunny Murray, Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, and Sun Ra,[1] as well as with John Coltrane when he was near the end of his career.[5]

He co-founded the Revolutionary Ensemble with Leroy Jenkins and Frank Clayton in 1971; Jerome Cooper later replaced Clayton in the ensemble, which was active for much of the decade.[1] In the 1970s and early 1980s Sirone recorded with Clifford Thornton, Roswell Rudd, Dewey Redman, Cecil Taylor, and Walt Dickerson.[1]

In the 1980s, he was member of Phalanx, a group with guitarist James "Blood" Ulmer, drummer Rashied Ali, and tenor saxophonist George Adams.[6]

From 1989, he lived in Berlin, Germany, where he was active with his group 'Concord' (with Ben Abarbanel-Wolff and Ulli Bartel.) He was involved in theater, film, and was a practicing Buddhist.

He died on October 21, 2009, at the age of 69.[2]


As leader or co-leader[edit]

With the Revolutionary Ensemble

With Sabir Mateen and Andrew Barker

  • 2013: Infinite Flowers (Sagittarius A-Star)

With Oluyemi Thomas and Michael Wimberly

As sideman[edit]

With George Adams

With The All Ear Trio (John Tchicai, Thomas Agergaard, and Peter Ole Jorgensen)

  • 2008: Boiler (Ninth World Music)

With Albert Ayler

With Billy Bang

With Gato Barbieri

With Dane Belany

  • 1975: Motivations (Sahara Records)

With Marion Brown

With Dave Burrell

With Zusaan Kali Fasteau [de]

  • 2004: Making Waves (Flying Note)

With Charles Gayle

With The Group (Ahmed Abdullah, Marion Brown, Billy Bang, Sirone, Fred Hopkins, Andrew Cyrille)

With Noah Howard

With The Jazz Composer's Orchestra

With Guerino Mazzola

  • 2009: Liquid Bridges (Springer)

with the William Parker Bass Quartet

With Phalanx

With Dewey Redman

With Pharoah Sanders

With Sonny Sharrock

With Cecil Taylor

With Clifford Thornton



  1. ^ a b c d e f Sirone biography, AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Gotrich, Lars (23 October 2009). "Sirone, 'Revolutionary' Bassist, Dies". Npr.org. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  3. ^ John Fordham Obituary, The Guardian, 9 November 2009
  4. ^ Wilmer, Val (2009). As Serious As Your Life. Serpent's Tail. p. 186.
  5. ^ Wilmer, Val (2009). As Serious As Your Life. Serpent's Tail. p. 33.
  6. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 365. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  7. ^ "Artistry - Sirone - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 November 2017.

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