Joe Maneri / Feb 9, 1927 - Aug 24, 2009

Happy birthday to the underrated microtonal composer and reedsman Joe Maneri. In 1963 he recorded a demo of 12-tone music with ethnic influence and a sort-of free jazz for Atlantic Records that didn't see release until 1998 (Paniots Nine, released on John Zorn's Tzadik label, and later used in the movie American Splendor), which would've placed him in the avant-garde of jazz had it seen the light of day at the time. Instead, nothing much happened for Maneri, outside of Boston, until his son Mat encouraged him to be more active in the 1990s. He made several records in the '90s and 2000s.

Here is a cut from that '63 demo, unissued at the time. The recording is unpolished. Don Burns plays the piano, the drummer (and composer) is Pete Dolger and the bassist is John Beal.

And here's some more rare & amazing Maneri music, live at Jordan Hall in Boston, 1981.

Tagged: avant-garde, Boston, Celebrate Icons, jazz, Joe Maneri, out-jazz, reeds

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