20 gennaio 2014

Altro lutto di questi giorni nel mondo del jazz riguarda la scomparsa del trombettista Roy Campbell, che segue di pochi giorni quella del suo anziano insegnante e mentore, Yusef Lateef. Lo ricorda con affetto e grande rispetto sulle pagine del New Yorker l'amico e collega Taylor Ho Bynum: "Campbell was a global traveller and an omnivorous collaborator, working with hundreds of musicians around the world and even living in the Netherlands for a period in the early nineteen-nineties. But at his core he was a true New Yorker, representing a particularly rugged and independent streak of African-American improvisational music that has stubbornly survived in the city despite gentrification and changing trends. Drawing from the ecstatic spiritualism of Albert Ayler and John Coltrane in the nineteen-sixties, which developed in Lower East Side lofts and alternative-art spaces in the nineteen-seventies, Campbell was committed to a kind of free-improvisational music that prized passionate individualism over faceless technique, and advocated for a shared sense of community over the fickle rewards of the music industry."