Musical Rumblings in Chelsea
While playing with Miles Davis, Chick Corea and Dave Holland lived in the same loft building in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, where they began to play acoustic duets. They moved there at the suggestion of saxophonist Dave Liebman, whose loft became a musical center for exploratory young, mostly white, musicians playing in the cacophonous style of John Coltrane’s Ascension. The neighborhood was also home to a number of musician studios, notably Warren Smith’s Studio WIS. Liebman and his associates began to organize their activities under the banner of a collective they called Free Life Communications. Steve Grossman and other future Miles Davis band members participated in the jams, which led to programming concert events. Meanwhile, Corea and Holland recruited multidirectional drummer Barry Altschul to form an open improvisational acoustic trio, leading to their decision to leave the Miles Davis band.
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