Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre

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Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre
Birth nameMaurice Benford McIntyre [1]
Also known asKalaparush Ahrah Difda [1]
Born(1936-03-24)March 24, 1936
Clarksville, Arkansas, US
DiedNovember 9, 2013(2013-11-09) (aged 77)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Instruments Tenor saxophone, woodwind instruments
Years active1960s–2013 [2]

Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre (March 24, 1936 – November 9, 2013) [3] was an American free jazz tenor saxophonist. [4]



McIntyre, who was born in Clarksville, Arkansas, United States, [5] but raised in Chicago, Illinois, studied at the Chicago College of Music, and during the 1960s began playing with musicians such as Malachi Favors, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Roscoe Mitchell. [5] Along with them he became a member of the ensemble Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1965. [5] His first solo record appeared in 1969. [5] During this time he also recorded as a session musician for Delmark Records, playing with George Freeman, J.B. Hutto, and Little Milton, among others. [5]

That year, McIntyre was convicted for drug offences, and served his sentence in Lexington, Kentucky; a prison friend of his at the time was Tadd Dameron. [1]

McIntyre moved to New York City in the 1970s, playing at Sam Rivers's Rivbea Studios and teaching at Karl Berger's Creative Studio. [4] He and Muhal Richard Abrams toured Europe several times. [4] After his 1981 live album, McIntyre recorded very little, playing on the streets and in the subways of New York. [3] His next major appearance on record was not until 1998, with Pheeroan akLaff and Michael Logan; [4] the following year, he played with many AACM ensemble members on the album Bright Moments. [4] He continued to release as a leader into the 2000s. [6]

He died in November 2013, in The Bronx, New York, at the age of 77. [1]


As leader

As sideman

With Muhal Richard Abrams

With Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

With George Freeman

With Leroy Jenkins

With Roscoe Mitchell

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