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This legendary drummer was everywhere adventurous jazz went in the heady heyday of Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland, and many others. His powerful new trio, The 3dom Factor, performs original compositions and includes Hayes Greenfield (alto sax) and Joe Fonda (bass). As Jazz Inside said, "Even if he had retired from music 40 years ago, he would have gone down in jazz history."
Altschul was a largely self-taught drummer until 1960, when he began study with Charlie Persip. From 1964 until 1970, Altschul played regularly with pianist Paul Bley; their relationship continued intermittently through the 1970s and 1980s. He was a member of the Jazz Composer's Guild and the Jazz Composer's Orchestra Association from 1964 to 1968. He spent a portion of the 1960s playing mainstream jazz in Europe. In the early 1970s, Altschul was the drummer for Circle the free jazz ensemble including Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Anthony Braxton. Altschul's drumming with that band was stylistically all-encompassing, thanks to his background in traditional jazz styles that gave him a solid grounding to build his free playing.
In the 1980s, Altschul made records of his own for Soul Note and continued his sideman work with such musicians as the Russian-born pianist Simon Nabotov and Kenny Drew, Sr. Altschul has played or recorded with many musicians, including Roswell Rudd, Dave Liebman, Andrew Hill, Sonny Criss, Hampton Hawes and Lee Konitz.
Photo by Dmitry Mandel.
PONCHO Concert Hall (Kerry Hall, Cornish College of the Arts) (View)
710 E. Roy Street
Seattle, WA 98102
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