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World Saxophone Quartet – Takin’ It 2 The Next Level 1996

Posted in David MURRAY, Hamiet BLUIETT, JAZZ, World Saxophone Quartet on December 25, 2010 by whoisthemonk

World Saxophone Quartet – Takin’ It 2 The Next Level 1996


Members include Hamiet Bluiett (born on September 16, 1940, in Lovejoy, IL), baritone saxophone, alto clarinet; Arthur Blythe (born on July 5, 1940, in Los Angeles, CA; joined group, 1990; left group, 1992; rejoined group, 1994; left group, 1995), alto saxophone; Julius Hemphill (born in 1940 in Fort Worth, TX; died on April 2, 1995; left group, 1990), soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, flute; Oliver Lake (born on September 14, 1942, in Marianna, AR), soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, keyboards, flute; DavidMurray (born on February 19, 1955), tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Eric Person (born in St. Louis, MO; group member, 1993-96), soprano saxophone, alto saxophone; John Purcell (joined group, 1996), saxophones, saxello, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinets; James Spaulding (born on July 30, 1937, in Indianapolis, IN; group member, 1993), alto saxophone, flute. Addresses: Record company–Justin Time Records, Inc., 5455 Pare, Suite 101, Montreal, QC H4P 1P7, Canada.

Since its inception in 1976, the World Saxophone Quartet has been critically lauded for its improvisatory skills and is considered among the legitimate heirs to such post-bop, free jazz, and postmodern jazz pioneers as Albert Ayler, Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, and Eric Dolphy. The tonal innovations and radical new approaches that these musicians introduced to the jazz idiom in the 1960s include a rejection of mainstream jazz in favor of music more closely resembling that of such modern composers as Charles Ives and John Cage; these innovations eventually influenced some of the most highly regarded jazz recordings of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Pharoah Sanders. These recordings feature longer performances of individual musical pieces, which were played in a more spontaneous, unstructured fashion that often resulted in deeply disturbing, cacophonous performances.

The World Saxophone Quartet has continued these groundbreaking traditions, while adding the musicians’ individual abilities to compose distinctive jazz music that serves as a launching pad for their improvisatory skills. While the largely unaccompanied four-saxophone lineup of the World Saxophone Quartet has drawn critical comparisons to the string quartets most commonly associated with classical chamber music, the Quartet has experimented equally with atonal music, distortion, volume, jazz standards by such composers as Duke Ellington, and European classical compositions. Each member of the original lineup of the World Saxophone Quartet was associated with the 1970s “loft jazz” scene in New York City.
Three original members of the World Saxophone Quartet–Hamiet Bluiett, Julius Hemphill, and Oliver Lake–were acquaintances from the vibrant jazz scene of St. Louis, Missouri, during the 1960s and early 1970s. Hemphill grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and immersed himself in the city’s jazz and R&B scene, including a period of study with jazz clarinetist John Carter. After a brief stint as a saxophonist for Ike Turner, Hemphill joined the Black Artists Group in St. Louis, a loosely knit consortium of artists who experimented with poetry, theater, painting, sculpture, and music. He moved to New York City in the mid-1970s and worked with such free jazz proponents as Anthony Braxton and Lester Bowie.By Bruce Walker.

It is obvious from the first notes that this is a very different outing by the World Saxophone Quartet — the band is backed by a rhythm section. The playing of keyboardist Donald Blackman, bassist Calvin Jones and drummer Ronnie Burrage actually adds to the music rather than taking away from the core band, for their funky rhythms are fairly unpredictable and adventurous in their own way. The WSQ (which at the time consisted of David Murray on tenor and bass clarinet, baritonist Hamiet Bluiett, altoist Oliver Lake and John Purcell on saxello and tenor) sounds inspired by the “new” setting, and their playing is as adventurous as ever. Mostly sticking to group originals, the expanded band explores many moods on such numbers as “Wiring,” “Rio,” “The Desegregation of Our Children” and
“When Thee Monarchs Come to Town”.All Music Guide.
David Murray– Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet on track 7
Hamiet Bluiett– Baritone Saxophone
Oliver Lake– Alto Saxophone
John R. Purcell– Saxello, Tenor Saxophone on track 6
Donald Blackman– Piano and Keyboards
Calvin Jones– Acoustic & Electric Bass
Ronnie Barrage– Drums, Shékéré, Tamboura, Vocals, Keyboards and other miscellaneous percussion
01. Wiring (Lake) 6:28
02. Soft Landing (Lake) 1:11
03. Rio (Lake) 7:30
04. The Peace Before (Blackman) 1:23
05. Blues for a Warrior Spirit (Bluiett) 13:08
06. The Desegregation of Our Children (Murray) 12:35
07. When the Monarchs Come to Town (Murray) 2:51
08. Endless Flight (Burrage) 7:35
09. Ballad After Us (Purcell) 4:36
10. Australopithecus (Underwood) 9:29
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World Saxophone Quartet – Breath Of Life 1995

Posted in David MURRAY, Fontella BASS, Hamiet BLUIETT, JAZZ, World Saxophone Quartet on December 2, 2010 by whoisthemonk

World Saxophone Quartet – Breath Of Life 1995


This is the second World Saxophone Quartet disc to feature alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe (who replaced Julius Hemphill) and the first to feature a full rhythm section including bass, piano, and organ. Going a step further from the previous year’s experiment with African drums on Metamorphosis, Breath of Life continues to find the sax quartet stretching the boundaries associated with its a cappella approach of the past. Included on its final release for the Elektra Nonesuch label are rhythm & blues-influenced originals by David Murray, Oliver Lake, and Hamiet Bluiett. The Quartet also pays tribute to Ray Charles, Little Willie John, and James Brown on “You Don’t Know Me” and “Suffering With the Blues,” featuring gospel-inspired performances by Fontella Bass (vocals), Donald Smith (organ), and Amina Claudine Myers (piano and organ).
By Al Campbell. AMG.
Described by the New York Times as “one of the finest ensembles in American music, with a velvety sonic blend and a wild-eyed imagination,” the World Saxophone Quartet incorporates wildly divergent styles and approaches to the saxophone quartet. Here, the group teams up with vocalist Fontella Bass for a set of originals and covers, material ranging from avant-garde to R&B to jazz-rock.
Hamiet Bluiett- Baritone Sax, Contra-Alto Clarinet (2)
Arthur Blythe- Alto Sax
Oliver Lake- Alto Sax
David Murray- Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet (2)
Fontella Bass- Vocals (3, 4, 7)
Amina Claudine Meyers- Organ (1, 6)
Donald Smith- Piano (1, 6, 8), Organ (3, 4)
Fred Hopkins- Bass
Tarik Shah- Bass (6, 8)
Ronnie Burrage- Drums (1, 6, 8)
Gene Lake- Drums (3, 7)
01. Jest a Little 9:13
02. Cairo Blues 1:10
03. Suffering with the Blues 5:34
04. You Don’t Know Me 6:35
05. Picasso 5:51
06. Song for Camille 7:41
07. Breath of Life 4:43
08. Deb 4:43

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Hamiet BLUIETT And Muhal Richard ABRAMS – Saying Something For All 1977

Posted in Hamiet BLUIETT, JAZZ, Muhal Richard ABRAMS on November 29, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Hamiet BLUIETT And Muhal Richard ABRAMS – Saying Something For All 1977
Recorded live at The Environ Club, New York in 1977.
1998 Issue.JAM 9134-2


This CD can easily be divided into two parts. The first four selections are duets between Hamiet Bluiett (who is heard on baritone sax, flute, and soprano clarinet) and pianist Muhal Richard Abrams. In general, Abrams takes a supporting role, but the chemistry is simply not there between these two avant-garde masters. Much of the music seems a bit self-indulgent, particularly Bluiett’s improvisation on Saying Something for All. Of much greater interest are the final two selections, both of which are unaccompanied baritone sax solos. Solo Flight is from the same concert as the duets, while Requiem for Kent State is from two years later. The latter is particularly wide-ranging, going through several themes and showing Bluiett’s connection to the jazz tradition while being quite unpredictable. If the rest of the CD was of the same quality, this disc would be essential.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
Hamiet Bluiett is the unsung hero of the jazz avant garde. Having played with Mingus, David Murray, Oliver Lake and Julius Hemphill just to name a few, his talents go mostly unnoticed. This cd, recorded live captures Hamiet at his most intense featuring a riveting baritone sax solo on “Requeim For Kent State” and outstanding accompaniment from legendary pianist Muhal Richard Abrams and The Sam Rivers Big Band. The music is consistent, intense and maybe even a bit spiritual. All in all free jazz at it’s best.
Hamiet Bluiett- (Baritone Sax, Flute)
Muhal Richard Abrams- (Piano)
01. Nightdreams for Daytime Viewing  11:23
02. Dual Reflections  9:38
03. Suite Pretty Tune  11:13
04. Saying Something for All  7:55
05. Solo Flight  5:27
06. Requiem for Kent State  10:49

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