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The Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles$
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Bob Gluck

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226180762

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226303390.001.0001

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The Revolutionary Ensemble

The Revolutionary Ensemble

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The Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles

Bob Gluck

University of Chicago Press

When Chicago-born violinist Leroy Jenkins returned from a sojourn in Paris, he moved to New York. There, Jenkins formed a cooperative trio with bassist Sirone (Norris Jones) and drummer Jerome Cooper. In this leaderless band, individual and group configurations were malleable constructs, negotiated in the moment. Living in downtown New York, the Revolutionary Ensemble was part of an emerging musical culture known for its creativity but inability to gain commercial traction. Instead, informal venues arose in lofts such as Sam and Bea Rivers’ Studio Rivbea. The band rehearsed constantly but rarely performed in public during its early years. Still, the band developed a committed group of followers of their concerts, some of which were documented on recordings. A short-lived record contract with A&M Records, on its Horizon Jazz Series helped the trio gain recognition In the mid-1970s, when they began to play festivals. Disbanding in 1977, the band reunited in the early 2000s to revisit their “devil take care” approach to making music for the sheer joy of making music.

Keywords:   revolutionary ensemble, Leroy Jenkins, Jerome Cooper, Sirone, New York, jazz

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