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Raphe Malik, trumpeter, has died.

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  • hertzlion
    Hello unto you. Born: November 1, 1948 in Cambridge, MA Died: March 8, 2006 in Guilford, VT Free jazz trumpeter with Taylor, Lyons by Todd S. Jenkins
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 11, 2006
      Hello unto you.

      "Born: November 1, 1948 in Cambridge, MA
      Died: March 8, 2006 in Guilford, VT

      Free jazz trumpeter with Taylor, Lyons
      by Todd S. Jenkins

      Trumpeter Raphe Malik, a fixture in the bands of Cecil Taylor and
      Jimmy Lyons during the 1970s and 80s, has died of a prolonged illness.
      He had undergone a liver transplant a year ago but continued to suffer
      ill health up until his death on March 8, 2006. He was 57 years old.
      Malik was born Laurence Mazel in Cambridge, Massachusetts on November
      1, 1948. He was a regional tennis champion in high school but foresaw
      a career in music for himself. Mazel attended UMass-Amherst in the
      late 1960s, then spent some time checking out the free-jazz scene in
      Paris before going to Ohio's Antioch College. There his fate was
      sealed, as he studied under three men who would become longtime
      friends and associates: Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons and Andrew Cyrille.
      After graduation he moved to New York, where he continued to work with
      his former professors at, among other things, a 1974 Carnegie Hall
      performance. It was then that he set Laurence Mazel aside and took on
      the stage name, Raphe Malik.

      Malik's first appearance on a recording came in 1976, on Taylor's
      Dark Unto Themselves. Over the next several years Malik toured with
      Taylor and made three more albums with the pianist: Three Phasis,
      Cecil Taylor Unit, and One Too Many Salty Swift and Not Goodbye, all
      of which are considered high points of Taylor's large catalog. Malik's
      bold yet melodic approach was an excellent complement to altoist Lyons
      and violinist Ramsey Ameen. The trumpeter also continued to work with
      Lyons outside the Taylor unit (Wee Sneezawee, 1983), as well as
      pianist Joel Futterman (Berlin Images, To the Edge) and saxophonist
      Glenn Spearman (Free Worlds). He soon became one of the premier
      trumpeters in American free jazz.

      Besides his formidable trumpet talents, Malik was also a respectable
      composer and producer. However, the 1980s brought a denouement in his
      career. He found regular work as a tilesetter while leading his own
      quintet in the Boston area. In 1992 his fortunes improved, beginning
      with his marriage to Marguerite Serkin. The couple moved to Vermont,
      where Malik built the family home and began teaching at Bennington

      In 1994 Malik recorded Sirens Sweet and Slow for the small Outsounds
      label, reestablishing his reputation in the free-jazz community. He
      worked occasionally with Dennis Warren's Full Metal Revolutionary
      Jazz Ensemble (Very Live; Watch Out!). William Parker, Alan Silva,
      Sabir Mateen, and avant-garde singer Syd Straw also employed the
      trumpeter at times. In 1995 he worked with the Rova Saxophone Quartet
      on a revisitation of John Coltrane's Ascension. In 1997 Malik was
      signed to the upstart Eremite label and recorded three albums there as
      a leader (The Short Form; ConSequences; Companions). He was also a key
      player for Boxholder, releasing Storyline, Looking East: A Suite in
      Three Parts and Last Set: Live at the 1369 Jazz Club. Other labels for
      which he recorded include FMP, Mapleshade and Le Systeme. Malik's
      last recording before the advance of his illness was the excellent
      Sympathy (Boxholder), with drummer Donald Robinson and Joe McPhee on
      soprano sax and pocket trumpet.

      Raphe Malik is survived by his wife, Marguerite Mazel, of Guilford,
      Vermont; daughter Lena Mazel of Guilford; two sons, Miles Mazel of
      Guilford and Joel Ortlip of Denver, Colorado; and sister Marjorie
      Hecht of Leesburg, Va. Donations can be made in Mr. Mazel's memory to
      the Musician's Emergency Fund in New York or the Morningside Shelter
      in Brattleboro, Vermont."


      David Cotner,

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