From New Sounds: “Cult ‘Valley of Search’ Reissue Show with Alan Braufman and Cooper-Moore”

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Wednesday, August 1 at 6 pm, New Sounds welcomed Alan Braufman, Cooper-Moore and a full band to The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR to perform selections from Braufman’s free jazz album Valley of Search live for the first time in over 40 years. Originally released in 1975 by India Navigation, Valley of Search has enjoyed a cult status and captures a unique and very alive historical slice of New York’s creative improvised jazz underground. A limited number of free tickets are available.

Inset photo by Bob Cummins

This show celebrates the first ever reissue of the album on June 29, and features a Q&A with New York writer Clifford Allen, who contributed the liner notes to the Valley of Search reissue.

Valley of Search was originally recorded live in the performance space at 501 Canal Street by Bob Cummins, the owner of India Navigation and was the label’s second release. Cooper-Moore, Cecil McBee, David Lee and Ralph Williams performed as Alan Braufman’s band. After Valley of Search, Braufman spent much of the ’70s and ’80s touring as a saxophonist with Carla Bley, The Psychedelic Furs and Philip Glass. Braufman later began to record and perform as Alan Michael. He currently lives in Salt Lake City, UT where he performs regularly.

Born in segregated Virginia, Cooper-Moore came of age as a musician and active member of the civil rights and peace movements. He became a pivotal member of the Free Jazz movement beginning with his tenure with David S. Ware in the ’70s as part of the Jazz Loft at 501 Canal Street. Cooper-Moore’s primary instrument is the piano, but he has become well known for the many instruments he has designed and built. He is an important educator, inspiring generations of young artists through Head Start and other music programs around the world.

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