We were shocked to hear about the passing of guitarist Ken Aldcroft. The Toronto based musician was a celebrated musician, band leader, and teacher. His music explored free improvisation, honored Thelonius Monk and Eric Dolphy, and so much more.
Both in his compositions and guitar-playing Aldcroft manages to integrate the whole jazz-legacy without loosing his own voice, which is airy, carefully composed and free in the improvizations. At one moment it's bop, then free, then funk, then modern, but always with a creative touch, and a little harshness in the delivery, the tone of his guitar being more tuned for rock than for jazz, but it's accessible and compelling all the way. - StefIt's an untimely and sad loss, our condolences to his family and friends.
Please take a moment to learn more about Ken Aldcroft's work here:
- Ken Aldcroft & William Parker – “Live at Tranzac Vol.1”
- Ken Aldcroft & Scott Thomson – Red & Blue
- Ken Aldcroft's Convergence Ensemble -Tangent (For Eric Dolphy)
- Ken Aldcroft THREADS (Quintet)- "10/09/11"
- Hat and Beard - Reflections
- Ken Aldcroft & Dave Clark - Hat & Beard /The Music Of Thelonious Monk
- Ken Aldcroft - From Our Time