A severely undersung Jazz hero, he was known for employing exotic and unusual horns, like the nagaswaram -- a South Indian classical wind instrument -- into his music.
Now they call it "world music" and it rakes in the cash, but back then such hybrid approaches were not yet a thing.
He passed in 2009 after a long career challenging the boundaries, as both a part of a handful of seminal bands as well as on his own, but he'd have been a century old today.
Let's pay him the proper tribute, with a sizzling 1986 concert from Austrian radio.... and just maybe a little something extra.
Charlie Mariano Quartet
01 Lucie Wrong
03 To an Elfin Princess
08 One Day
Total time: 1:20:52
disc break goes after Track 04
Charlie Mariano - saxophones & reeds
Jasper van't Hof - piano & keyboards
Bo Stief - bass
Freddy Studer - drums
digital capture of an OE1 digital FM rebroadcast from November 2023
482 MB FLAC/direct link
There's an additional treat in the folder there, which I think will set your Funky Fusion detectors buzzing with a Greasy Gravy alert... but we'll let that be a special surprise.
I'll be back with more Business As Usual in a few days, but don't forget to enjoy these Charlie Mariano centennial expressions, as we celebrate one of the most uncompromising players ever to wail!--J.
11.12.1923 - 6.16.2009