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Altschul, Barry

Altschul, Barry, drummer; b. N.Y., 6 January 1943. He is associated with free jazz but has also worked with the mainstream. He began playing drums at11, and later studied with Charlie Persip. By the mid-60s he was a member of the Jazz Composer's Guild and was working with Paul Bley and others. He worked with Carmell Jones, Leo Wright, and Johnny Griffin In Europe during 1968. From 1970 to 1972 he toured with Circle, along with Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Anthony Braxton, then continued to freelance with Braxton as well as other avant-garde musicians such as Sam Rivers, and the more mainstream Art Pepper. He has also led his own groups and has an interest in world percussion.

Recordings:
Virtuosi (1967); You Can't Name Your Own Tune (1977); Another Time, Another Place (1978); For Stu (1979); That's Nice (1985);
As sideperson:
Paul Bley: Closer (1965), Ramblin' (1966), Revenge (1969); Chick Corea: Song of Singing (1970)

Bibliography:
Michael Cuscuna: B.A. Mister Joy, Jazz and Pop, 7/4 (1968);
Valerie Wilmer: Altschul in a Nutshell, Melody Maker, 30.Jan.1971;
Peter Keepnews: B.A. Traps in the South Bronx, Down Beat (13.Feb.1975);
Keeping Time with Drummers. B.A., U.S.A., Jazz Forum 47 (1977);
H. Lukas Lindenmaier: B.A. Interview, Cadence (Jun.1980);
B.A.: The Music of the Drums, Modern Drummer (Apr.1981, Jun.1981);
Philippe Carles: Le Paris de Barry, Jazz Magazine (Jun.1981);
Lee Jeske: B.A.'s Drum Role, Down Beat (Feb.1982)

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