New York Contemporary Five
Live At Koncertsal, Copenhagen 1963
New York Contemporary Five: Live at Koncertsal, Copenhagen, 17.10.1963 The short-lived quintet known as the New York Contemporary Five had a lasting impact on the free jazz movement. It was formed in 1962 with trumpeter Don Cherry, who had been working with free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman; tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp, whod been working with Cecil Taylor, Gil Evans and more recently, Bill Dixon; Danish alto saxophonist John Tchicai (whose father was Congolese), a former member of the quintet assembled by the poet and filmmaker Jorgen Leth, who moved to New York shortly before the Contemporary Fives formation; acoustic bassist Don Moore, who had played with Shepp and Dixon; and drummer JC Moses, who had played with Clifford Jordan and trumpeter Kenny Dorham. This rare performance, given at Copenhagens Koncertsal on 17 October 1963, has epically-extended cuts of Don Cherrys "Consequences" and Ornette Colemans "Emotions," plus a peppy take of Thelonious Monks "Monks Mood."