Nothing doing in Krakow is composed by John Tchicai and is the last track on the album Real Tchicai by John Tchicai Trio, recorded at the legendary Sweet Silence Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark in 1977.
Saxophonist John Tchicai is best known for his time in New York during the height of the ’60s free jazz explosion, but he actually spent the majority of his career advancing the cause of avant-garde jazz in Northern Europe. Thicai was born April 28, 1936, in Copenhagen to a Danish mother and Congolese father; he began playing violin at age ten, switched to both clarinet and alto sax at 16, and focused on the latter at Denmark’s Conservatory of Music. In the late ’50s, Thicai began making the rounds of the North European jazz scene, which was quick to pick up on the early innovations of the American avant-garde. In 1963, he moved to New York City to immerse himself in the epicenter of free jazz. He hooked up with Archie Shepp and Don Cherry, eventually co-founding the New York Contemporary Five with them; he was also a founding member of the New York Art Qurtet with Roswell Rudd and Milfor Graves. [read more]
John Tchicai – Alto & Tenor sax
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – Bass
Pierre Dørge – Guitar
[John Tchicai R.I.P.]