Marilyn Crispell

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About Marilyn Crispell

A highly inventive pianist known for her extensive work in avant-garde jazz, Marilyn Crispell emerged as an adventurous soloist and composer on the free scene in the early '80s. Influenced by John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor, she gained acclaim as a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet during the 1980s and '90s, and with artists like Reggie Workman, Barry Guy, and Roscoe Mitchell. She has also led her own ambitious dates, like 1982's Spirit Music with Billy Bang, 1990's Circles with Oliver Lake and Gerry Hemingway, and 2013's Azure, a duo recording with longtime associate Gary Peacock. Since the '70s, Crispell has retained an ongoing association with the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York, where she performs and leads improvisation workshops. Along with duo albums like 2019's Adornment of Time with Tyshawn Sorey and 2021's Streams with Yuma Uesaka, Crispell records as a member of Joe Lovano's Trio Tapestry.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
March 30, 1947
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