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date: 12 November 2019

Crispell [née Braune], Marilynlocked

  • Chadwick Jenkins

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(b Philadelphia, PA, March 30, 1947). American jazz and avant-garde pianist and bandleader. She studied classical piano at the Peabody Music School in Baltimore and piano and composition at the New England Conservatory of Music. For the first six years after graduation, she did not pursue music professionally; however, hearing John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme inspired her to learn jazz. She studied jazz harmony with Charles Banacos and then joined the Creative Music Studio run by Karl Berger in Woodstock, New York. It was there that she met Anthony Braxton; she toured with his ensemble the Creative Music Orchestra in 1978. The 1980s witnessed an explosion of creative output from Crispell. She recorded albums as an unaccompanied soloist (Rhythms Hung in Undrawn Sky, 1983, Leo), in a trio with Billy Bang and John Betsch (Spirit Music, 1981–2, Cadence Jazz), duos with the drummer Doug James (...

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