Still an active musical explorer, Makanda Ken McIntyre (b. 9/7/31, Boston MA) is one of the great multi-reedists, an innovative soloist on alto, flute, bassoon, oboe, and bass clarinet. After serving in the military and graduating from the Boston Conservatory, he moved to New York in 1960, drawing attention for his fleet improvisations. He recorded two albums for New Jazz that year; on the latter, Looking Ahead, he matched wits with the great Eric Dolphy. McIntyre soon became more involved in education, teaching in public schools starting in 1961. In the mid-´70s he recorded with Steeplechase and received his doctorate in education from University of Massachusetts (´75). Since then, he has played the occasional session and continues to gig around New York, where his thoughtful yet visceral offerings are always well received.