Byron Pope Speed Of Light - Music for Earthdwellers and Starseekers (180g LP)
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Byron Pope Speed Of Light

Music for Earthdwellers and Starseekers (180g LP)

Tidal Waves Music
Release date: 24/01/20
genre: Jazz
Format: LP
Byron Pope Speed Of Light - Music for Earthdwellers and Starseekers (180g LP)


Rare Cosmic Jazz album (with all-star line-up) // First vinyl reissue since 1982 // Comes with insert/liner notes // Deluxe 180g vinyl edition // Black Vinyl Edition Limited to 500 copies -
Alto saxophonist Byron Herman Pope (born 1934) might be a rather unsung name on the bill despite being part of the avant-garde jazz circuit for more than half a century. Deeply committed to the ideas of John Coltrane, he has played with Alan Silva and Sunny Murray but only recorded sporadically over the course of his long career. Coming from a musical family: Byron's father was the band leader of his own orchestra and was a writer for Billie Holiday, his uncle Lee was the tenor sax player with Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson (until he retired & was replaced by a young man named John Coltrane) and his cousin was Darlene Love, the famous R&R Hall Of Fame singer/actress who was married to Phil Spector and godmother to Whitney Houston. Growing up in a segregated Monroe-Louisiana in the 1940's, at the age of 12, Byron Pope was exposed to concerts by African American bands at his high school_this became his principal motivation to become a musician himself. At the age of 19, Byron came to Germany as a US military serviceman_after two and a half years he returned to the States but was not able to accept the racism and political climate in his home country anymore. After accumulating three professorships as a jazz teacher (including the title of professor in Jazz and Blues at University of Washington, Seattle in 1968) in the early Seventies Byron crossed the ocean again, this time he went to France. Here he met (and started performing with) the legendary Burton Greene and became friends with main players from the likes of Georges-Edouard Nouel and Chris Henderson. Throughout his long career Byron kept close friendships with famous jazz and blues players including Sun Ra and John Coltrane (Coltrane wanted to record his song "This Way" but unfortunately passed away before he could do it).

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