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At Dr King's Table
Julius Hemphill
At Dr King's Table
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Classical
 
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Like with Ellington and Basie, the intricacy of the late altoist Julius Hemphill's vision deserves a ghost band. He may not have often fronted a large group as the above legends did, but, like Benny Golson, he had a knack ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Julius Hemphill
Title: At Dr King's Table
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: New World Records
Original Release Date: 9/17/1997
Re-Release Date: 10/14/1997
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Classical
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093228052425

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Like with Ellington and Basie, the intricacy of the late altoist Julius Hemphill's vision deserves a ghost band. He may not have often fronted a large group as the above legends did, but, like Benny Golson, he had a knack for making four musicians sound like 15, as any World Saxophone Quartet release will show. Marty Ehrlich, a former student of Hemphill's, organized this sextet, which is not unlike (and contains many of the participants on) the Black Saint release, Five Chord Stud. It's nothing but saxophones, which means that, with Hemphill's genre-busting compositions, it's a history of the saxophone, as gutbucket R&B merges with free improv, and classical music dances merge with the blues. The performances are great--Ehrlich, after all, is no poor bandleader himself--but the compositions are key here. One only hopes that these compositions will get more of a workout in the future. --D. Strauss
 

CD Reviews

Carrying on
Douglas T Martin | Alpharetta, GA USA | 01/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Marty Ehrlich, longtime interpreter of Julius Hemphill's music, moves to the director's position to lead the Sextet in a collection of previously unrecorded Julius Hemphill works. Everything sounds great, from the compositions to the performances themselves.Two tracks, "Flair" and "The Children's Song: First Vision", are played solely by Marty Ehrlich, overdubbing a variety of flutes and clarinets much in the same way that Hemphill did himself. "Flair" opens with someone (probably Ehrlich) saying "Flair!"; this is something Hemphill did with each of his songs on "Flat-Out Jump Suite". Andrew White, always a solid soloist, contributes a good one to "JiJi Tune"; the whole ensemble gets inspirational on "Sojourner's Blues" and wails on "Bumpkin".Extensive liner notes provide a wealth of information about Hemphill's compositional styles for his various ensembles. Also provided is a select discography of Hemphill's works, either performed by Hemphill or others. Very recommended.Marty Ehrlich: alto & soprano sax, flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet; Sam Furnace: alto & soprano sax; Andy Laster: alto sax & flute; Gene Ghee: tenor sax; Andrew White: tenor sax; Alex Harding: baritone sax."