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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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Yellow Back Radio...

Relative Pitch Records
2013

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Two

Relative Pitch Records
2012

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Jemeel Moondoc: Muntu Recordings

Jemeel Moondoc: Muntu...

NoBusiness Records
2010

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Muntu Recordings

Relative Pitch Records
2009

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We Don't

We Don't

Eremite Records
2003

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New World Pygmies...

Relative Pitch Records
2001

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