Tracking The Odds: Reggie Workman
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Produced by Roulette Intermedium.
The doublebass master with John Purcell on reeds, Miya Masoaka on koto, and Gerry Hemingway on drums, percussion and electronics, recorded at Roulette on November 15, 2002. Workman described this improvised set as as a “futuristic collaboration.” Reginald "Reggie" Workman (born 1937 in Philadelphia) is an American avant-garde jazz and hard bop double bassist. Among his achievements, in 1961, Workman joined the John Coltrane Quartet and appears on the legendary Live at the Village Vanguard album. In 1962, Workman joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and worked alongside Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter. Workman has also played with Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, Thelonious Monk, Archie Shepp, Marilyn Crispell, and David Murray. He is a professor at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, and is a member of the group, Trio 3, with Oliver Lake and Andrew Cyrille.
Tracking The Odds: The Roulette Concert Archive is a monthly hour-long radio special produced by Roulette Intermedium (roulette.org) and broadcast in partnership with Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM and Standing Wave Radio. The broadcasts feature selected highlights from Roulette’s New York experimental music space dating from the early 1980s to the present. Thousands of rare, formative, and often unheard recordings by innovators and adventurous musicians populate the archive. Tracking The Odds airs the fourth Monday of the month from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is archived at wavefarm.org.
Founded in 1978, Roulette operates a 400-seat concert hall on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn with a focus on experimental and unorthodox music and performance across all genres and media. It's archive of thousands of audio and video recordings is currently being restored.
Pictured: A screening, reading, and performance for Henry Hills' film "Money" at Roulette (1985) with dancer Pooh Kaye surrounded by (L-R) John Zorn, Tom Cora, Ciro Baptiste, (obstructed, possibly Sally Silvers), Abigail Child, Diane Ward, Susie Timmons, Alan Davies, Bruce Andrews, Ikue Mori, Jim Staley, Butch Morris. Photo: Lona Foote.