BBC Radio 3 Freeness: A History of Connectivity

A well-loved group of American players create music that’s joyful, engaged and intimate. Plus a track from the formative years of pioneering drummer Milford Graves.

Rolling grooves, fragments of melody and a canny understanding of each other’s space makes a joyful listen from an American group of well-loved players who create music that’s engaged and intimate. Over many decades of musical partnership, the connection between bassist William Parker, drummer Gerald Cleaver, pianist Matthew Shipp and saxophonist Daniel Carter runs deep.

Plus, a track from the formative years of the pioneering drummer Milford Graves who died last month, and there’s a quiet call and response in the soundworld of Olivia Moore, Sue Lynch and Douglas Benford.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3



1 Tom Moore & Archie Moss – Oculus

2 Rick Wilson – The Life of a Man (for W.E.)

3 QOW TRIO – Qow

4 Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker & Gerald Cleaver – Majestic Travel Agency

5 New York Art Quartet – Untitled Original

6 Lara Jones – A Piano At Night

7 Olivia Moore, Sue Lynch & Douglas Benford – Maple

8 Alice Just – Vouloir

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