Michael White (American jazz violinist)

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Michael Walter White (born 24 May 1930) is an American jazz violinist.

White was born in Houston, Texas, and grew up in Oakland, California, taking up the violin when he was nine years old. He first became known in 1965 when he played with the John Handy Quintet at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and recorded three albums with Handy. White was among the first to play the violin in avant-garde jazz, and in the late 1960s became one of the first jazz violinists to play jazz rock fusion (with his band The Fourth Way). He has played with musicians such as Sun Ra, Prince Lasha, McCoy Tyner, Eric Dolphy, Wes Montgomery, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson, and Richard Davis. In early 2007, The Michael White Quintet's "Mechanical Man" won in The 6th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Jazz Song.

White now lives in Los Angeles, California. After a long period of obscurity, in the mid 1990s he was involved in a reunion of the Handy Quintet, and recorded an album as co-leader with Bill Frisell, Motion Pictures (1997). In 2006 White released the album Voices.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1972 Pneuma 2
1972 Spirit Dance 1
1973 The Land of Spirit and Light 2
1974 Father Music, Mother Dance 1
1974 Go With the Flow 1
1978 The X Factor 1
1979 White Night 1
1997 Motion Pictures (with Bill Frisell) 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2011 Spirit Dance / Pneuma 1

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