The Visitors were a modern jazz quintet out of Philadelphia led by saxophone-playing brothers Carl Grubbs (alto) and Earl Grubbs (tenor and soprano) and also featuring Sid Simmons on piano, John Goldsmith on drums, and a young Stanley Clarke on bass. Carl and Earl actually took sax lessons in the mid-'50s from none other than John Coltrane, who just happened to be dating their cousin Naima (Coltrane later married her). To say that Coltrane was an influence would be an understatement, and when the brothers formed the Visitors in the early '70s, observers noted that the group sounded like two Coltranes playing at once. The Visitors recorded four interesting albums for Muse Records between 1972 and 1975: Rebirth, In My Youth, Neptune, and Motherland. Earl Grubbs passed in 1989. Carl Grubbs has continued as an active jazz performer, composer, and educator, and runs his own record label, B&C Productions. ~ Steve LeggettPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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