French jazzman who blew out New Yorkmain
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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