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Frank Strozier


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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Full Name Frank Strozier
Date Of Birth June 13, 1937
Music Songs W.K. Blues, A Starling's Theme, Waltz Of The Demons, Long Night, Psalm for John Coltrane, Off Shore, What's Goin' On, Cloudy And Cool, Get out of Town, Kram Samba, Day In, Day Out, Tibbit, Chelsea Drugs, How Little We Know, Neicy, Will I Forget?, Something I Dreamed Last Night, Runnin', Lucka Duce, Hey Lee!, For Our Elders, March of the Siamese Children, The Man That Got Away, Just Think It Over, Don't Follow the Crowd, Extension 27, The Need for Love, Nice N' Easy, The Crystal Ball, Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe, Our Waltz, Pacemaker
Albums Fantastic Frank Strozier, MJT + 3, March of the Siamese Children, Down Home Reunion - Young Men From Memphis, Remember Me, What's Goin' On, Day in, Day Out, March of the Siamese Children (Remastered 2015), Waltz Of The Demons, Long Night, Fantastic Frank Strozier - Plus, Essential Jazz Masters, Explore, Cloudy and Cool, Days To Come, Level Of Emotion, The Unreleased Frank Strozier - Cool, Calm and Collected, Day In, Fantastic Frank Strozier (Remastered 2015)

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