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Jemeel Moondoc

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: August 5, 1951    

Jemeel Moondoc

A powerful and vastly underrated avant-garde alto saxophonist, Jemeel Moondoc blended the free-form melodic thought of Ornette Coleman and the sharp edge of Jackie McLean or Charles Tyler with the sort of ferocious “energy playing” usually reserved for tenorists.

Moondoc began playing piano as a child, studied clarinet and flute, and settled on alto around age 16; he subsequently studied with Cecil Taylor at various colleges in the early '70s. In 1972, he moved to New York, where he formed Ensemble Muntu with trumpeter Roy Campbell, bassist William Parker, and drummer Rashid Baker. The group recorded for its own Muntu label in the late '70s, and Moondoc also led solo sessions for labels like Soul Note and Cadence through the early '80s....
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Source: Steve Huey

  • Yellow Back Radio Break Down

    Relative Pitch Records
    2013
    BUY
  • Two

    Relative Pitch Records
    2012
    BUY
  • Jemeel Moondoc: Muntu Recordings

    NoBusiness Records
    2010
    BUY
  • Muntu Recordings

    Relative Pitch Records
    2009
    BUY
  • We Don't

    Eremite Records
    2003
    BUY
  • New World Pygmies Vol. 2

    Relative Pitch Records
    2001
    BUY
  • Spirit House

    Relative Pitch Records
    2000
    BUY
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