Joe McPhee is a saxophonist, improviser, American musical iconoclast, and a storyteller. A lucky few have been able to hear the stories of Joe’s life, usually after concerts, and often with a glass of wine. His stories of Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Albert Ayler are essential American free jazz apocrypha, but it is the stories of his own upbringing, his time in Europe, and his formative years as a musician are the real gems. Rarely has an artist been asked to tell the story of their life in such an intimate fashion.
Originally recorded as an interview with Corbett vs. Dempsey’s John Corbett over two days at Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio, One Day…A Lightning Storm is a profound documentation of one artist’s path through discovering their voice while negotiating one of the most profoundly disturbing periods in American history. Joe’s stories remind us of the joy of self-discovery and give insight to a true American master.
This very special limited edition EP was released in October 2018 and is now out of print, but audio of the interview remains available for download.