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Fritz Novotny has died

Founding member of The Reform Art Unit died on 7 May

The Austrian saxophonist Fritz Novotny died on 7 May aged 78. Novotny was a founding member of The Reform Art Unit. Formed in Vienna in 1965 by Novotny, his wife and vocalist Kristin, trumpeter Sepp Mitterbauer and drummer Muhammad Malli, The Reform Art Unit was Austria’s leading avant grade music ensemble for more than four decades, working with many leading US and European composers and improvisors including Carla Bley, Don Cherry, Sunny Murray, Evan Parker, Linda Sharrock and Anthony Braxton. The group combined free jazz with improvised music and contemporary composition, and also performed as The Reform Art Orchestra and The Reform Art Quartet.