Milford Graves had been defined as a 20th-century shaman. Last week’s farewell articles tried to do justice to this Queens-born magician and craftsman. For so many decades, he had not only contributed to the musical avant-garde. Still, he stretched and practiced his skills as a gardener or inventing a martial art called Yara based on Lindy Hop or African dances.
Still feeling the mourning for the loss due to heart disease (amyloid cardiomyopathy), we wanted to show his discography’s concrete refinement.
Graves was not only an artist in every sense of the word, open to mixing disciplines, which allowed him to transport, for example, elements of acupuncture to mutate jazz, but especially he was a great musician with an exquisite legacy for music lovers.
To speak of free jazz without going crazy, it must be understood as an exercise in phrasing, a methodology to build stories on the spot with instruments, riding the rhythms with all…