World of Jazz 423

  1. Bobby Few “Let It Rain” from Let It Rain (Self Released) 00:00
  2. Undivided “Moves Between Clouds” from Moves Between Clouds (Multikulti Project) 05:35
  3. Steve Lacy “Forgetful” from The Door (Novus) 20:34
  4. Albert Ayler “Desert Blood” from The Last Album (Impulse!) 28:22
  5. Cheikh Tidiane Fall, Bobby Few, Jo Maka “Sunflowers” from Diom Futa (Free Lance) 34:44
  6. Noah Howard Featuring Kenny Clarke “Creole Girl” from Red Star (Mercury) 43:39
  7. Gilles Torrent “Desert De Sel” from Desert De Sel (Doron Jazz) 52:15
  8. Tailb Kibwe “Egyptian Oasis” from Egyptian Oasis (Cryonic) 55:21
  9. Frank Wright Quartet “Grooving” from Uhuru Na Umoja (America Records) 1:00:53
  10. Zusaan Kali Fasteau, Noah Howard, Bobby Few “Truth Be Told” from Expatriate Kin (CIMP) 1:08:08
  11. Steve Lacy “The Rent” from Duets Associates (New Tone Records) 1:22:00
  12. Noah Howard Quartet “The Blessing” from Live at the Unity Temple (Ayler Records) 1:31:48
  13. Undivided “Król wyśmiany / Zaparcie się Piotra [Ridiculed King / The denial of St. Peter]” from The Passion (Multikulti Project) 1:44:41

  • A tribute to pianist, composer and improviser Bobby Few – who died in January 2021 aged 85. Whilst not well known outside of the Jazz World he has a CV which many would envy working with some of the leading names in the business.
  • Few was born in Cleveland, Ohio. With his mother’s encouragement, he studied classical piano but later discovered jazz upon listening to his father’s Jazz at the Philharmonic records. His father became his first booking agent and soon Few was gigging around the greater Cleveland area with other local musicians including Bill Hardman, Bob Cunningham, Cevera Jefferies and Frank Wright. He was exposed to Tadd Dameron and Benny Bailey as a youth and knew Albert Ayler, with whom he played in high school. As a young man, Few also gigged with local tenor legend Tony “Big T” Lovano – Joe Lovano’s father.
  • In the late 1950s Few relocated to New York, where he led a trio from 1958 to 1964; there, he met and began working with many world class musicians, including singer Brook Benton, and saxophonists Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jackie McLean, Joe Henderson and Ayler. Few played on several of Ayler’s albums and also recorded with Alan Silva, Noah Howard, Muhammad Ali, Booker Ervin, and Kali Fasteau. In 1969 he moved to France and rapidly integrated the expatriate jazz community, working frequently with Archie Shepp, Sunny Murray, Steve Lacy and Rasul Siddik. From 2001, he toured internationally with American saxophonist Avram Fefer, with whom he recorded four critically acclaimed CDs.
  • Few played extensively around Europe and made regular trips back to the United States. Recently, he played with saxophonist Charles Gayle and led his own trio in Paris.

  • HOUR ONE
  • Bobby Few “Let It Rain” from Let It Rain (Self Released)
  • Released 2002
  • Recorded and mixed in January 2002 at Studio Cargo, Montreuil, France.
  • Bass – Harry Swift
  • Drums – Bob Demeo
  • Tenor Saxophone – Jon Handelsman
  • Trumpet – Rasul Siddik
  • Piano – Bobby Few
  • Undivided “Moves Between Clouds” from Moves Between Clouds (Multikulti Project)
  • Recorded live at Teatr Akademia, Warsaw (Poland) on 29-09-2009
  • Released 2011
  • Bass – Mark Tokar
  • Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Tárogató – Wacław Zimpel
  • Clarinet – Perry Robinson
  • Drums – Klaus Kugel
  • Piano – Bobby Few
  • Thanks to Klaus Kugel
  • Steve Lacy “Forgetful” from The Door (Novus)
  • Released 1989
  • Recorded directly to two-track digital tape, July 4 and 5, 1988, Family Sound, Paris
  • Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Steve Potts
  • Bass, Mbira [Sanza] – Jean-Jacques Avenel
  • Drums – Oliver Johnson
  • Piano – Bobby Few
  • Soprano Saxophone – Steve Lacy
  • Albert Ayler “Desert Blood” from The Last Album (Impulse!)
  • Released 1971
  • Recorded at Plaza Sound Studios, New York City, August 26, 27, 28 and 29, 1969.
  • Bass – Stafford James
  • Bass, Electric Bass [Fender Bass] – Bill Folwell
  • Chanter [Bagpipe Chanter], Tenor Saxophone, Vocals – Albert Ayler
  • Drums – Muhammad Ali
  • Electric Guitar – Henry Vestine
  • Piano – Bobby Few
  • Vocals – Mary Maria
  • Throughout the album Bill Folwell’s bass is heard on the left channel, Stafford James’ on the right.
  • Cheikh Tidiane Fall, Bobby Few, Jo Maka “Sunflowers” from Diom Futa (Free Lance)
  • Released 1979
  • Recorded at Résonances studio, Paris, May 1979
  • Percussion – Cheikh Tidiane Fall
  • Piano – Bobby Few
  • Soprano Saxophone – Jo Maka
  • Noah Howard Featuring Kenny Clarke “Creole Girl” from Red Star (Mercury)
  • Released 1977
  • Recorded and mastered at Studio Clarens-Vincennes, Paris, France on 16th May 1977
  • Alto Saxophone, Composed By, Producer – Noah Howard
  • Bass – Guy Pederson
  • Drums – Kenny Clarke
  • Piano – Bobby Few
  • Trumpet – Richard Williams
  • Gilles Torrent “Desert De Sel” from Desert De Sel (Doron Jazz)
  • Released 2004
  • Recorded: October 25-26-27, 2002 at the Axis studio, Geneva
  • Bass – François Gallix
  • Drums – Sunny Murray
  • Piano – Bobby Few
  • Tenor Saxophone– Gilles Torrent
  • Tailb Kibwe “Egyptian Oasis” from Egyptian Oasis (Cryonic)
  • Released 1987
  • Acoustic Bass – Louis Petrucciani
  • Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Kalimba – Talib Kibwe
  • Drums, Percussion – Sangoma Everett
  • Piano – Bobby Few
  • HOUR TWO
  • Frank Wright Quartet “Grooving” from Uhuru Na Umoja (America Records)
  • Released 1970
  • Recorded 1970 in Paris
  • Alto Saxophone – Noah Howard
  • Drums – Arthur Taylor
  • Piano – Bobby Few
  • Tenor Saxophone – Frank Wright
  • Zusaan Kali Fasteau, Noah Howard, Bobby Few “Truth Be Told” from Expatriate Kin (CIMP)
  • 1997
  • Recorded at Tedesco Studios, Paramus, New Jersey, March 20 1997
  • Alto Saxophone – Noah Howard
  • Cello, Soprano Saxophone, Voice – Zusaan Kali Fasteau
  • Piano – Bobby Few
  • Steve Lacy “The Rent” from Duets Associates (New Tone Records)
  • Released 1997
  • Recorded on March 9th, 1992 in Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Just Bobby and Steve
  • Noah Howard Quartet “The Blessing” from Live at the Unity Temple (Ayler Records)
  • Released 2000
  • Recorded in concert at the Unity Temple, Chicago, September 9, 1997
  • Bass – Wilber Morris
  • Drums – Calyer Duncan
  • Piano – Bobby Few
  • Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone – Noah Howard
  • Undivided “Król wyśmiany / Zaparcie się Piotra [Ridiculed King / The denial of St. Peter]” from The Passion (Multikulti Project)
  • Released 2010
  • Recorded live at Dwór Artusa, Toruń, Poland on April 8, 2009
  • Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tárogató, Percussion – Wacław Zimpel
  • Double Bass, Percussion – Mark Tokar
  • Drums, Percussion – Klaus Kugel
  • Piano, Percussion – Bobby Few

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