Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Muhal Richard Abrams|
Things to Come from Those Now Gone
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Pianist Muhal Richard Abrams will forever be remembered as a cofounder of Chicago's venerated Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). While his leadership in the organization is admirable (he was pres... more »
Pianist Muhal Richard Abrams will forever be remembered as a cofounder of Chicago's venerated Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). While his leadership in the organization is admirable (he was president almost continuously from 1965 to 1977), Abrams was a musical innovator as well. Things to Come from Those Now Gone, originally released in 1972, was his third album for Delmark. Featuring the talents of reedist Ari Brown, bassist Rufus Reid, drummer Steve McCall, and others, the album is extremely varied, featuring different combinations of instruments on each of the seven tracks. Abrams and company often dwell on elegiac musings rooted in the blues, early jazz, and gospel, but there is also some ferocious free jazz interplay at times. The pianist's playing is often contemplative, filled with open spaces and spare chords; when he does pick up the pace, though, Abrams produces material that fits nicely into the great bop-colored traditions in much the same way the Art Ensemble of Chicago's music does. Undoubtedly a sign of how fresh this album sounded when it was originally released, the music here is timeless. --Tad Hendrickson
A masterful set of music.
jazzfanmn | St Cloud, MN United States | 07/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Simply put, this cd is a classic. Abrams really flexed his compositional muscle for these seven tracks. From the opening number through the closer the music here is a study in contrasts, contrast in instrumentation, texture, tone, structure, and direction. Swinging wildly from serene tonal explorations, to vicious free improvisation and back again all the while making perfect sense, the listener's attention is consistantly rewarded. This is a fantasic place to start for those unfamiliar with the works of the Chicago free jazz scene of the late 60's and early 70's as well as a worthy addition to any jazz collection."