A talented alto saxophonist who hardly ever became extremely famous, Frank Strozier is definitely a top-notch hard bop stylist whose intense audio recalls (but isn’t derivative of) Jackie McLean. Among the many exceptional jazzmen who was raised in Memphis, Strozier used other Memphis music artists also after he transferred to Chicago in 1954 (including Harold Mabern, Booker Small, and George Coleman). He documented using the MJT + 3 from 1959-1960, and led periods for Vee Jay through the same period. After shifting to NY, Strozier was briefly using the Mls Davis Quintet in 1963 (between Hank Mobley and George Coleman), gigged with Roy Haynes, and relocated to LA. During his L.A. years, he caused Chet Baker, Shelly Manne, & most notably the Don Ellis big music group (with whom he got a memorable single on “K.C. Blues” from Ellis’ Fall record). He came back to NY in 1971, dealing with the Jazz Contemporaries, the brand new York Jazz Repertory Business, and Horace Parlan, amongst others, but not attaining the reputation he deserved. Frustrated along with his lack of function, Strozier for a while reappeared being a pianist, but small resulted from that. Being a head, Frank Strozier’s Vee Jay recordings (with significant amounts of added materials) have already been reissued on Compact disc; his Jazzland schedules from 1961-1962 stay out of print out, and he also led periods for Trident (1972) and SteepleChase (1976-1977).
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|The Preacher's Wife||1996||Sax Player|
|A Field of Honor||1973||Short|
|Comédie!||1987||musician: Tenor Sax - as Georges Coleman|
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|1||Holding on with both feet, like a chicken in a high wind!|
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