The subject of this week's profile is pianist and composer Don Pullen. We began the show with a chronological look at Pullen's early work, followed by a thematic tour through the phases of an incredibly varied career as leader, sideman, and artist. Leena Mahan took over hosting & DJ duties following Pullen's "Solo Piano Album"
On this Jazz Profiles, we belatedly celebrated the 66th birthday of Anthony Braxton (b. 6/4/1945) by examining his early work with other members of the AACM as well as his solo and duet excursions and his flirtation with the jazz songbook. Leena Mahan took over DJ duties after Braxton's Donna Lee.
This week on Jazz Profiles, we looked at the work of Abdullah Ibrahim (b. 1934), a South African pianist and saxophonist influenced heavily by his time growing up in apartheid South Africa and by such jazz greats as Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk.
Dave Holland (b. Oct 1, 1946): bassist and composer. Today we examined his output with Miles Davis, solo and collaborative efforts throughout the 70s and 80s, and finally his own projects in the 90s and 2000s.