About

Writings and research on the history of avant-garde jazz. Publications I have contributed to include The Wire, New York City Jazz Record, Point of Departure, Chimurenga Chronic, and Current Research in Jazz.


I can be reached at pierre.crepon@outlook.com

Selected publications

Ongoing research includes Charles Moffett, Clifford Thornton, Sunny Murray, and the Cleveland scene.

Publications

François Tusques

Playlist: François Tusques

"Wire Playlist: Nouveau Jazz and Next to Last Blues, An Introduction to François Tusques," The Wire, May 2022. Photograph by Thierry Trombert.

Laurence Cook/Jacques Coursil/Warren Gale/Perry Robinson/Steve Tintweiss - Ave B Free Jam

Record review: Laurence Cook/Jacques Coursil/Warren Gale/Perry Robinson/Steve Tintweiss (Inky Dot Media)

Review of Laurence Cook/Jacques Coursil/Warren Gale/Perry Robinson/Steve Tintweiss, Ave B Free Jam, New York City Jazz Record, May 2022, 31. [PDF]

Celeste Day Moore - Soundscapes of Liberation: African American Music in Postwar France

Book review: Celeste Day Moore

Review of Celeste Day Moore, Soundscapes of Liberation: African American Music in Postwar France, The Wire, no. 455 (January 2022): 88.

The Jazz Workshop/L’Atelier de jazz

Chronology: Jazz Workshop, Montreal

"The Jazz Workshop/L’Atelier de jazz (1966–1968)," Current Research in Jazz 13 (2021).

Mototeru Takagi - Live at Little John

Record review: Mototeru Takagi (NoBusiness)

Review of Derek Bailey and Mototeru Takagi, Live at FarOut, Atsugi 1987, and Mototeru Takagi, Live at Little John, Yokohama 1999, New York City Jazz Record, December 2021, 27. [PDF]

Mark Whitecage

[EDITING] Interview: Mark Whitecage

Marc Chaloin, "Mark Whitecage, 1997: An Interview," Point of Departure, no. 76 (September 2021). Photograph by Michael Wilderman.

Yusuf Mumin - Sketches of the Invisible: A Tribute to Albert Ayler

Record review: Yusuf Mumin (Phillips Enterprise)

Review of Yusuf Mumin, Sketches of the Invisible: A Tribute to Albert Ayler, New York City Jazz Record, August 2021, 20. [PDF]

Steve Tintweiss and The Purple Why - MarksTown

Record review: Steve Tintweiss and The Purple Why (Inky Dot Media)

Review of Steve Tintweiss and The Purple Why, MarksTown, New York City Jazz Record, July 2021, 26. [PDF]

Jef Gilson

Playlist: PALM

"Wire Playlist: Jef Gilson’s PALM Label, Independent Jazz Production in 1970s France," The Wire, June 2021.

Sezgin Boynik and Taneli Viitahuhta

Book review: Archie Shepp

With David Grundy, review of Sezgin Boynik and Taneli Viitahuhta, eds., Free Jazz Communism: Archie Shepp-Bill Dixon Quartet at the 8th World Festival of Youth and Students in Helsinki 1962, Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation 14, nos. 2-3 (2021). [PDF]

Sunny Murray

Playlist: American Avant-Garde Jazz in Paris, 1969

"The Summer of '69," Chimurenga, April 2021.

Chimurenga Chronic: Imagi-nation Nwar

Essay: American Avant-Garde Jazz in Paris, 1969

"The Summer of '69," Chimurenga Chronic: Imagi-nation Nwar (April 2021): 26, 28, 59, 61, 65, 67.

Earl Freeman - Poems and Drawings

Review: Earl Freeman

With David Grundy, review of Earl Freeman, Poems and Drawings, New York City Jazz Record, March 2021, 24. [PDF]

Don Cherry - Cherry Jam

Record review: Don Cherry (Gearbox)

Review of Don Cherry, Cherry Jam, New York City Jazz Record, February 2021, 18. [PDF]

Bobby Few and Alan Silva

Essay: Bobby Few

"Let It Rain: Bobby Few, 1935-2021," The Wire, January 2021. Photograph by Gilbert Spagnoli.

Julius Hemphill and Abdul Wadud

[EDITING] Interview: Abdul Wadud

David Lee, "Knocking Down Barriers: An Interview with Abdul Wadud, 1980," Point of Departure, no. 73 (December 2020).

Yusuf Mumin

[EDITING] Essay: Yusuf Mumin

Yusuf Mumin, "Wire playlist: Yusuf Mumin and The Black Unity Trio," The Wire, November 2020.

Hasan Abdur-Razzaq artwork

[EDITING] Essay: Black Unity Trio

Hasan Abdur-Razzaq, "Creative Urban Momentum: Witnessing the Black Unity Trio," Chimurenga, November 2020.

Jothan Callins and the Sounds of Togetherness - Winds of Change

Playlist: Musician-Owned Record Labels, 2/2

With Mutawaf A. Shaheed, "Wire Playlist: Musician-Owned Record Labels in Jazz in the 1970s," The Wire, September 2020.

Eric Fillion - Jazz libre et la révolution québécoise: Musique-action

Review essay: Quatuor de Jazz Libre du Québec

"Free Jazz/Québec Libre: Le Quatuor de Jazz Libre du Québec, 1967-1975," review of Eric Fillion, Jazz libre et la révolution québécoise: Musique-action, 1967-1975, Point of Departure, no. 72 (September 2020).

François Tusques - La Chasse au snark

"Memories refreshed": François Tusques (Cacophonic)

François Tusques, La Chasse au snark, Cacophonic 27CACKLP, 2020.

Burton Greene - Presenting Burton Greene

Record review: Burton Greene (Legacy)

Review of Burton Greene, Presenting Burton Greene, New York City Jazz Record, September 2020, 23. [PDF]

TEST and Roy Campbell - TEST and Roy Campbell

Record review: TEST and Roy Campbell (577 Records)

Review of TEST and Roy Campbell, TEST and Roy Campbell, New York City Jazz Record, September 2020, 22. [PDF]

Charles Mingus and Spaulding Givens - Strings and Keys

Playlist: Musician-Owned Record Labels, 1/2

"Wire Playlist: Musician-Owned Record Labels in Jazz in the 1940s-60s," The Wire, July 2020.

Jacques Coursil

Obituary: Jacques Coursil

"Jacques Coursil, 1938-2020," The Wire, June 2020. Photograph by Thierry Trombert.

Borah Bergman

Record review: Borah Bergman, Wilber Morris, and Sunny Murray (Some Real Music)

Review of Borah Bergman, Wilber Morris, and Sunny Murray, Monks, New York City Jazz Record, June 2020, 30. [PDF]

François Tusques and Sunny Murray - Intercommunal Dialogue 1 & 2

Record review: François Tusques and Sunny Murray (Ni vu ni connu)

Review of François Tusques and Sunny Murray, Intercommunal Dialogue 1 & 2, New York City Jazz Record, May 2020, 15. [PDF]

Japanese free jazz

Discography: Japanese free jazz

With Ernst Nebhuth, "Japanese Free Jazz: A Chronological Discography, 1969-1976," Jazz à Paris, April 2020.

Giuseppi Logan

Obituary: Giuseppi Logan

"Giuseppi Logan, 1935-2020," The Wire, April 2020. Photograph by Val Wilmer.

Black Unity Trio - Al-Fatihah

Interview: Hasan Shahid

"The Blistering Cosmic Music of the Black Unity Trio," The Wire, March 2020.

Actuel

Bibliography: Actuel

"Jazz in Claude Delcloo’s Actuel: An Annotated Bibliography," Current Research in Jazz 11 (2019).

Amougies European Music Revolution poster detail

Essay: Amougies Music Power and Amougies European Music Revolution

"Seeing Amougies: Music Power and European Music Revolution," Point of Departure, no. 69 (December 2019).

Sunny Murray

Record review: Sunny Murray, Bob Dickie, and Robert Andreano (NoBusiness)

With Marc Chaloin, review of Sunny Murray, Bob Dickie, and Robert Andreano, Homework, New York City Jazz Record, December 2019, 30. [PDF]

Noah Howard - Space Dimension

Record review: Noah Howard (Eating Standing)

Review of Noah Howard, Space Dimension, New York City Jazz Record, December 2019, 24. [PDF]

François Tusques - Alors Nosferatu combina un plan ingénieux

"Memories refreshed": François Tusques (Cacophonic)

François Tusques, Alors Nosferatu combina un plan ingénieux, Cacophonic 26CACKLP, 2019.

Festival Actuel

Chronology: Festival Actuel

"Free Jazz in Amougies: Research on the Schedule of the Festival Actuel, October 24-28, 1969," Discogs, October 2019.

John Gray - Creative Improvised Music: An International Bibliography of the Jazz Avant-Garde

Interview: John Gray

"Free Jazz Research and Guerrilla Scholarship: An Interview with John Gray," The Wire, September 2019.

Sounds of Liberation - Unreleased

Record review: Sounds of Liberation (Dogtown/Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Review of Sounds of Liberation, Unreleased, New York City Jazz Record, August 2019, 24. [PDF]

Bobby Few

Playlist: Bobby Few

"Wire Playlist: From Cleveland to Paris, the Many Sides of Bobby Few," The Wire, July 2019. Photograph by Gilbert Spagnoli. Detailed discographical information at Jazz à Paris.

Alfred Panou and the Art Ensemble of Chicago - Je suis un sauvage/Le moral nécessaire

Record review: Alfred Panou and the Art Ensemble of Chicago (Souffle Continu)

Review of Alfred Panou and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Je suis un sauvage/Le moral nécessaire, New York City Jazz Record, July 2019, 16. [PDF]

Alan Silva

Concert review: Alan Silva

"Three Hundred Seasons and Some: Alan Silva at 80," Arteidolia, June 2019. French translation at Le Son du grisli, August 2019. Photographs by Olivier Ledure.

Teruto Soejima - Free Jazz in Japan: A Personal History

Review essay: Japanese free jazz

"Omnidirectional Projection: Teruto Soejima and Japanese Free Jazz," review of Teruto Soejima, Free Jazz in Japan: A Personal History, Point of Departure, no. 67 (June 2019). Photograph by Tatsuro Minami

Milford Graves - Bäbi

Record review: Milford Graves (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Review of Milford Graves, Bäbi, New York City Jazz Record, June 2019, 19. [PDF]

Masayuki Takayanagi and Masahiko Togashi

Playlist: Japanese Free Jazz

"Wire Playlist: Free Jazz in Japan, Sounds from the First Decade," The Wire, May 2019.

Kaoru Abe and Sabu Toyozumi - Mannyoka

Record review: Kaoru Abe and Sabu Toyozumi (NoBusiness)

Review of Kaoru Abe and Sabu Toyozumi, Mannyoka, New York City Jazz Record, May 2019, 29. [PDF]

Cheikh Tidiane Fall Bobby Few and Jo Maka - Diom Futa

Record review: Cheikh Tidiane Fall, Bobby Few, and Jo Maka (Komos)

Review of Cheikh Tidiane Fall, Bobby Few, and Jo Maka, Diom Futa, New York City Jazz Record, May 2019, 24. [PDF]

Mutawaf A. Shaheed

Interview: Mutawaf A. Shaheed

With Richard J. Koloda, "Avant-Garde Jazz and Black Rights Activism in 1960s Cleveland, Ohio: An Interview with Mutawaf A. Shaheed," The Wire, March 2019.

Bill Folwell

[EDITING] Interview: Bill Folwell

Marc Chaloin, "Bill Folwell," Point of Departure, no. 66 (March 2019).

Marion Brown and Dave Burrell - Live at the Black Musicians Conference 1981

Record review: Marion Brown and Dave Burrell (NoBusiness)

With Parker Fishel, review of Marion Brown and Dave Burrell, Live at the Black Musicians' Conference, 1981, New York City Jazz Record, March 2019, 24. [PDF]

Gérard Terronès

Chronologies and bibliographies: Gérard Terronès

"Gérard Terronès: Introduction," Current Research in Jazz 10 (2018).

"Gérard Terronès: The Blues Jazz Museum (1965–1966)," Current Research in Jazz 10 (2018).

"Gérard Terronès: The Gill’s Club (1967–1970)," Current Research in Jazz 10 (2018).

"Gérard Terronès: Totem (1977–1979)," Current Research in Jazz 10 (2018).

"Gérard Terronès: Jazz Unité (1981–1982)," Current Research in Jazz 10 (2018).

"Gérard Terronès: Trou Noir (1984–1985)," Current Research in Jazz 10 (2018).

Noel McGhie

Interview: Noel McGhie, 2/2

"Noel McGhie: Lacy, Tusques and Space Spies," Point of Departure, no. 65 (December 2018). Photograph by Uli Templin.

Sunny Murray

Essay: Sunny Murray

"Playing the Theory of Relativity: Sunny Murray in Europe, 1968-1972," The Wire, December 2018. Photographs by Thierry Trombert.

Marzette Watts

[EDITING] Interview: Marzette Watts

Chris Flicker and Thierry Trombert, "An Interview with Marzette Watts," The Wire, November 2018. Photographs by Thierry Trombert.

Cecil Taylor and Sunny Murray - Corona

Record review: Cecil Taylor and Sunny Murray (FMP/Destination: OUT)

Review of Cecil Taylor and Sunny Murray, Corona, New York City Jazz Record, November 2018, 26. [PDF]

Johnny Dyani - African Bass Solo Concert: Willisau Jazz Festival 1978

Record review: Johnny Dyani (Sing a Song Fighter)

With Olivier Ledure, review of Johnny Dyani, African Bass Solo Concert: Willisau Jazz Festival 1978, New York City Jazz Record, October 2018, 27. [PDF]

Noel McGhie

Interview: Noel McGhie, 1/2

With Jochen Behring, "Noel McGhie: Free Jazz, Paris and the Seventies," Point of Departure, no. 64 (September 2018). Photographs by Uli Templin.

Lincoln T. Beauchamp Jr. with J. LaBosse - Too Much UnConvenience: Recollections of a Blues Gypsy

Book review: Chicago Beau [in French]

"Livre: Lincoln T. Beauchamp Jr. with J. LaBosse, Too Much UnConvenience: Recollections of a Blues Gypsy," Improjazz, no. 248 (September 2018): 30.

Barre Phillips and Motoharu Yoshizawa - Oh My Those Boys

Record review: Barre Phillips and Motoharu Yoshizawa (NoBusiness)

Review of Barre Phillips and Motoharu Yoshizawa, Oh My, Those Boys!, New York City Jazz Record, September 2018, 26. [PDF]

Dewey Johnson - Ken Simon - Malik Baraka - David S. Ware - Toshi Tsuchitori - William Parker

Obituary: Dewey Johnson

"The Alphabet of Dewey Johnson," The Wire, July 2018. Photograph from the Toshi Tsuchitori archives.

Marion Brown and Mal Waldron

Playlist: Gérard Terronès

"Wire Playlist: Once upon a Time in Paris," The Wire, May 2018.

The Wire 412

Feature: Gérard Terronès

"Once upon a Time in Paris," The Wire, no. 412 (June 2018): 36-41. Photographs by Gérard Rouy, Guy Le Querrec, Christian Ducasse. [PDF]

Marco Eneidi Philipp Quehenberger Didi Kern - Circular Mood Scale Music for Franz West

Record review: Marco Eneidi (Sonorus)

Review of Marco Eneidi, Philipp Quehenberger, Didi Kern, Circular Mood Scale (Music for Franz West), New York City Jazz Record, May 2018, 27. [PDF]

Kent Carter

Concert review: Kent Carter & German Friends [in French]

"Au rapport: Kent Carter & German Friends," Le Son du grisli, May 2018. Photographs by Olivier Ledure. Print version in Le Son du grisli, no. 4 (June 2018): 64-65.

Izumi Ose and Akira Ando

Concert review: Itaru Oki, Makoto Sato et. al. [in French]

"Au rapport: Shigemasa Horio, Itaru Oki, Kei Yoshida, Izumi Ose, Akira Ando, Makoto Sato," Le Son du grisli, February 2018. Photographs by JJGFREE, additional pictures Au Grisli clandestin. Print version in Le Son du grisli, no. 4 (June 2018): 62-63.

Milford Graves: Full Mantis

Documentary film review: Milford Graves

"Fragments from the Sound World," review of Milford Graves: Full Mantis, directed by Jake Meginsky and Neil Young, Independencia, February 2018. International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Bobby Few

Documentary film review: Bobby Few [in French]

Review of Bobby Few: Musical Hurricane, directed by Nicolas Barachin, Improjazz, no. 241 (January 2018): 40. Festival international du film d’Amiens.

Marco Eneidi

Essay: Marco Eneidi

"Contrary Motion: Marco Eneidi, 1956-2016," Point of Departure, no. 57 (December 2016). Photograph by Michael Wilderman.

Henry Grimes

Review essay: Henry Grimes biography

"Henry Grimes and the Spiral of Time," review of Barbara Frenz, Music to Silence to Music: A Biography of Henry Grimes, Point of Departure, no. 55 (June 2016). Photographs by Kelly Rae Weime.

Bernard Stollman

[TRANSLATION] Interview: Bernard Stollman

Jason Weiss, "Bernard Stollman," Improjazz, no. 182 (February 2012): 24-25.

Albert Ayler and Milford Graves

[TRANSLATION] Interview: Milford Graves

Jason Weiss, "Milford Graves," Improjazz, no. 180 (November-December 2011): 10-15.

Improjazz 176

[TRANSLATION] Interview: Michael D. Anderson

Jason Weiss, "Michael D. Anderson," Improjazz, no. 176 (June 2011): 22-24.

Jason Weiss, "Michael D. Anderson: Deuxième partie," Improjazz, no. 177 (July-August 2011): 25-26.

Richard Alderson and Bob Dylan

[TRANSLATION] Interview: Richard Alderson

Jason Weiss, "Richard Alderson," Improjazz, no. 174 (April 2011): 12-13.

Jason Weiss, "Richard Alderson," Improjazz, no. 175 (May 2011): 12-15.

James Zitro

[TRANSLATION] Interview: James Zitro

Jason Weiss, "James Zitro," Improjazz, no. 172 (February 2011): 18-22.

Improjazz 171

[TRANSLATION] Interview: Marion Brown

Jason Weiss, "Marion Brown," Improjazz, no. 171 (January 2011): 16-18.