Considered by John Sinclair “a leading musical figure in our circle,” trumpeter Charles Moore espoused a clean, bright tone. Many critics drew favorable comparisons between Moore’s CJQ and the influential combos led by fellow trumpeter Miles Davis.
Charles Moore and John Sinclair met in the early ’60s and quickly formulated what Leni Sinclair deemed “a friendship made in heaven.” Their late-night talks and shared musical obsessions led to the formation in 1964 of the Detroit Artists Workshop, and subsequently Strata Records.
A cooperative where musicians could feel comfortable and carry out creative concepts, Detroit Artists Workshop was where much of the city’s rebellious music—whether free jazz or hard rock—could cross-pollinate. Over time, the Detroit Artists Workshop mutated into an even zanier entity called Trans-Love Energies, a management collective handling furious Motor City rock icons Iggy and the Stooges and the MC5. Appropriately, Moore played flugelhorn on the MC5′s 1971 album High Time.

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