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."