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Jemeel Moondoc

Born: August 5, 1951    Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

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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Live
Cadence Records

The Evening of the Blue Men
Muntu 1981

Judy's Bounce
Soul Note (Italy) 1981

Konstanze's Delight
Soul Note (Italy) 1993

Nostalgia in Times Square
Soul Note (Italy) 1993

Tri-P-Let
Eremite 1996

Fire in the Valley
Eremite 1996

New World Pygmies
Eremite 1998

Get Mooned
Koch Records 1999

Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys
Eremite 2001

Spirit House
Eremite 2001

Live at Glenn Miller Café, Vol. 1
Ayler Records 2002

Live in Paris
Cadencejazz 2003

Live at the Vision Festival
Ayler Records 2003

New World Pygmies, Vol. 2
Eremite 2003

We Don't
Eremite 2003

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