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James Spaulding

Born: July 30, 1937    Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

James Spaulding

James Spaulding, has established his reputation as a masterful soloist for ensemble performances, and for many years was among the busier sidemen for Blue Note Records. An exceptional saxophonist and flutist, he is one of the many fine artists to come out James has worked with Sun Ra, Freddie Hubbard, Max Roach, and more...of the Indianapolis, Indiana area. James is a modernist, with solid roots in classical jazz; his saxophone style is an extension of the Charlie Parker influence, but his overall concept incorporates much of the broad jazz saxophone heritage.

Spaulding's musical training started early, as he came from a musical family in his place of birth Indiana (his father was a professional musician who played the guitar and led his own big band, traveling throughout the country). James began playing a bugle when he was in grade school. He later took up the trumpet and saxophone on his own, and while in high school studied clarinet. He made his professional debut playing around Indianapolis with a rhythm “n” blues group. He has performed as a sideman and been recorded on over 100 recordings... See discography »...
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Selected Discography

James Spaulding/Pierre Christophe Trio, Down With It! Live at The Sunside (Disques Futura & Marge, 2007)
James Spaulding, Round To It! (Speetones, 2005)
Sun Ra, Spaceship Lullaby--Chicago 1954-60 (Unheard Music Series, 2003)
Alvin Queen, Ashanti (Nilva Records Stereo NQ-34,2002)
James Spaulding Quintet, Blues Up and Over (Speetones, 2001)
James Spaulding, Escapade (HighNote, 1999)
James Spaulding, The Smile of the Snake (HighNote, 1996)
James Spaulding, Blues Nexus (Muse, 1993)
David Murray, David Murray Big Band Conducted by Lawrence "Butch" Morris (Columbia, 1991)
James Spaulding, Songs of Courage (Muse, 1991)
James Spaulding, Gotstabe A Better Way! (Muse, 1988)
James Spaulding, Brilliant Corners (Muse, 1988)
James Spaulding, Plays the Legacy of Duke Ellington (Storyville, 1976)
Charles Tolliver, Impact (Strata-East, 1975)
The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Continuum (Fantasy, 1975)
Archie Shepp, For Losers (Impulse, 1971)
Pharoah Sanders, Karma (Impulse, 1969)
Freddie Hubbard, The Black Angel (Atlantic, 1969)
Lee Morgan, Standards (Blue Note, 1967)
Freddie Hubbard, High Blues Pressure (Atlantic, 1967)
Larry Young,Of Love and Peace (Blue Note, 1966)
Freddie Hubbard, Blue Spirits (Blue Note, 1965)
Wayne Shorter, The Soothsayer (Blue Note, 1965)
Bobby Hutcherson, Components (Blue Note, 1965)
Wayne Shorter, The All Seeing Eye (Blue Note, 1965)
Max Roach, Drums Unlimited (Atlantic, 1965)
Freddie Hubbard, Hub-Tones (Blue Note, 1962)
Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra, The Nubians of Plutonia (Evidence, 1959)
Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra, Visits Planet Earth (Evidence, 1958)
Sun Ra and his Astro Infinity Arkestra, Sound Sun Pleasure!! (Evidence, 1953)

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