Azar Lawrence Experience: Bridge Into The New Age

Co-presented by Concord Music and Jazz Dispensary

Azar Lawrence Experience: Bridge Into The New Age

Aquarium Drunkard DJs

Sun · November 12, 2017

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Azar Lawrence Experience: Bridge Into The New Age
Azar Lawrence Experience: Bridge Into The New Age
Written and recorded while he was still under 25 years old, Bridge Into the New Age is an absolute masterwork collection from Lawrence, released during a fertile period for adventurous jazz. The album is an expansive, forward-leaning, spiritual journey into richly textured, conversational, and powerfully intimate world, with knotty unison lines bending and twisting around supple yet strident female vocals (originally delivered by Jean Carn). Elsewhere, the group stretches out and explores the ethereal, free-flowing world of "The Beautiful and Omnipresent Love," and propels itself mightily through the modal-funk burners, "Forces of Nature" and "Warriors of Peace.” This is a one night only performance of this classic record in celebration of the long-awaited Jazz Dispensary re-release.

Embarking upon his musical journey as a very young man, Azar Lawrence honed his craft among musicians who would be remembered as larger than life: Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, and John Coltrane to name a few. Lawrence composed, produced and performed with jazz luminary McCoy Tyner for over five priceless years and for three years with the late great Elvin Jones, two-thirds of the classic John Coltrane Quartet made an indelible mark on Lawrence's life and music, imbuing him with a spirituality that would last a life time.

While still a teenager, he began playing with legends and, at just 17, he played his first professional gigs abroad with Clark Terry and Muddy Waters. By age 21, Lawrence had worked with War, Ike & Tina Turner, and Charles Watts 103rd St Band. Lawrence would follow that playing for almost the next decade with two Coltrane alumni, drummer Elvin Jones and pianist McCoy Tyner. In 1974, Lawrence recorded with Miles Davis on Dark Magus: Live at Carnegie Hall, performed on Marvin Gaye's Here My Dear and saw his compositions recorded by Stanley Turrentine and Earth, Wind & Fire, among many others.
Venue Information:
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039