French jazzman who blew out New York

French jazzman who blew out New York


norman lebrecht

July 01, 2020

The Wire has a fine obit for Jacques Coursil, a livewire of the free jazz scene who has died at 82.

After a tentative start on the violin at age nine, Coursil took up the cornet as a teenager. Early jazz interests included New Orleans players Sidney Bechet and Albert Nicholas. A live performance by saxophonist Don Byas left a strong mark. Contemporary classical music – Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern – and Pierre Schaeffer’s experimentations were other strong early interests.

In 1958, during decolonisation, Coursil left for Africa. …

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  • E. says:

    A fine article on the life of Jacques Coursil, a man of unending creativity.