Marion Brown / Sept 8, 1931 - Oct 18, 2010

Happy birthday to the alto sax icon Marion Brown! He made so many great records, from the ESP Disks to the records with Gunter Hampel, the awesome early '70s trilogy (Afternoon of a Georgia Faun, Geechee Recollections and Sweet Earth Flying), some records for Freedom and Baystate and on and on.

Plus he started his Sweet Earth label out of Western Massachusetts. He played with John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Stanley Cowell, Harold Budd and others and was an educator and a fine artist (drawing, painting). I was fortunate enough to meet him in the '90s. His son Djinji was in the hardcore band Absolution as well as a house-music producer.

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