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Juice Quartet

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NYC – 14:10
  • Juice (Alan Glover) - tenor sax
  • William Parker - bass
  • Ali K. Abuwi – drums
  • Kasa Allah - piano

"...(T)hey called him "Juice". It stuck and his group became known as the Juice Quartet. When I met him, the quartet was manned by pianist Kasa Allah, bassist William Parker and drummer Abu Kali (Ali K Abuwi?). This band held together for a number of years and it was with them that Juice developed his approach to music. The Quartet worked out its sound at Juice's loft; the Firehouse Theater on 11th Street and Ave. B in that creative cultural mecca, the East Village of New York City."
-- from the website for Alan Glover: http://www.juicejazz.com/bio.htm

“Well, in the early 70s,” says William Parker in an online interview, “you had a lot of musicians coming to New York…. So people were finding storefronts, lofts, and creating and producing their own concerts because the established clubs were not that receptive to hiring them. So you had all of these musicians who instead of staying at home, came out and created work for themselves, performing and recording their music. So it was very lively at that time. And there was a lot of energy in the air...it was a nice fever-pitch happening. Rashied Ali had a club, Ornette Coleman had a place, Sam Rivers had a place, Joe Lee Wilson had a place, there was Studio We run by James Dubois and Juma Sultan, and then John Fischer had a place...so you’ve got six to ten places that are run by musicians where musicians can play. Which is a big difference from what’s happening now. Mind you, the real estate is way up now, but in those times musicians were running their own places...at Rashied Ali’s, you could play for a whole week!”

“…I had been going down to Studio Rivbea. I think I first started playing down there with Jemeel Moondoc. And a lot of the musicians lived on the Lower East Side on 11th Street between B and C. I used to rehearse with a group called The Juice Quartet down the block on 11th Street, where Wilbur Ware lived and Charles Brackeen lived around the corner. Andrew Hill lived down the block, and Rashied Sinan lived in the neighborhood. So you saw a lot of musicians down there and you just meet people.

From an interview with Brian Carpenter, WZBC, Boston College, http://www.freeassociationradio.com/wparker2002.htm