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John Gilmore Interview Zine - Val Wilmer


[John Gilmore Interview Zine].
8vo. 8pp text on orange and yellow stocks with various illustrations of John Gilmore performing and pictured with Sun Ra in black risograph print. Stiff cream card stapled wrappers with the colour rubber stamp of Omni Press. Millbrae, CA: Sun Ra Research, [n.d.].  

Wrappers a little rubbed. Inside clean and bright.
Scarce, OCLC locates one copy at Hamilton College.

A scarce zine reprinting an interview with Sun Ra’s saxophonist John Gilmore by Val Wilmer. The Interview entitled ‘Gilmore and ‘Trane: The Sun Ra Link’ first appeared in Jazz Magazine (Paris) and subsequently in Melody Maker in 1980’. Val Wilmer’s interview emphasises the importance of Gilmore’s contrapuntal saxophone style, which was influential to John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders, among others. 

With Wilmer, Gilmore discusses quite openly the demanding energies of Sun Ra and the rigorous rehearsal schedule he imposed on his Arkestra. Gilmore played for Sun Ra for a period of forty years, and briefly led the Arkestra after Ra's death in 1993. The zine includes illustrations of Gilmore playing drums as well as saxophone with the Sun Ra Arkestra.

Writer and photographer Val Wilmer has been documenting jazz, gospel, blues and British African-Carribean music and culture since the early 1960s. In 1983, with Maggie Murray, Wilmer founded Format, the first all-women photographer’s agency in Britain.

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