Henry Grimes


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Krentz Ratings:
More Call (2003), 6/10
Going to the Ritual (2008), 5.5/10
Solo (2008), 6/10
Spirits Aloft (2010), 5/10
The Tone of Wonder (2013), 6.5/10
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New York's double-bassist Henry Grimes (1935) emerged in the 1960s playing with Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Coleman Hawkins, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner and many others, but then abandoned music for a while, living in Los Angeles.

A trio with Perry Robinson on clarinet and Tom Price on drums recorded The Call (december 1965).

After many years, he returned to New York and released his first solo recording, the lengthy live improvisation of More Call (june 2003). In 2005 Grimes played the violin for Cecil Taylor. After a collaboration with with Rashied Ali, Going to the Ritual (2008), which was followed by Spirits Aloft (2010), he released another solo album, the 154-minute double-disc Solo (august 2008). The Tone Of Wonder (may 2013) contains two more of his improvisations, the 42-minute Cyclic Passions and the 30-minute Soul Recall.

He also published poetry.

Grimes died in 2020 at the age of 84 during the covid-19 epidemic.

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