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Album Review

This CD has such intriguing writing by Muhal Richard Abrams for his sextet that the group sounds like an orchestra at times. Trumpeter Jack Walrath, Patience Higgins (on tenor, bass clarinet, and English horn), bassist Brad Jones, drummer Reggie Nicholson (who also plays marimba and bells), Warren Smith (vibes, timpani, marimba, and gongs), and Abrams (on piano and synthesizer) all have their spots to interact, and the wide variety of colors that Abrams achieves from this instrumentation is always unpredictable. In addition to freer explorations, "DizBirdMonkBudMax" is an effective tribute to Abrams' bebop roots, and several other pieces have sections where there are hints of early jazz while still looking forward to the future. This is one of Muhal Richard Abrams' better-known combo sessions.


Born: 19 September 1930 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Composer, arranger, and pianist Muhal Richard Abrams is largely a self-taught musician who was deeply influenced by the bop innovations of the late Bud Powell. Abrams has been a beacon in the jazz community as a co-founder (and first president), in 1965, of Chicago's legendary vanguard music institution, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). While Abrams is well-known as a mentor to three generations of younger musicians -- born in 1930 he was a decade older than his closest...
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Familytalk, Muhal Richard Abrams
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 28 December 1993

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