Muhal Richard Abrams / The Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra - Rejoicing with the Light

Muhal Richard Abrams / The Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra - Rejoicing with the Light
Recording Date:
January 8, 1983 - January 25, 1983
Release Date:
1983
Styles:
Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz
Recording Location:
Greene Street Recording, Inc. Studio, NY
Genre:
Album:
Rejoicing with the Light
Duration:
41:12

Muhal Richard Abrams blended vintage and progressive sensibilities on this outstanding 1984 session. It was a large band outing, and Abrams assembled many of the finest active improvisers. His orchestra did not include just saxophones and trumpets, but also French horns, bass clarinets, cello, guitar, vibes, and timpani. This assured Abrams a varied, rich sound with multiple options. He led the orchestra through pieces that were sometimes introspective and other times jubilant and swinging, but never simple or predictable. This session was a challenging, instructive, and entertaining lesson in modern big band writing, arranging and performing.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
The Heart Is Love and "I Am" / Muhal Richard AbramsMuhal Richard Abrams / The Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra10:25
Blessed Be the Heavens at 12 / Muhal Richard AbramsMuhal Richard Abrams / The Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra9:33
Bloodline / Muhal Richard AbramsMuhal Richard Abrams / The Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra7:54
Rejoicing With the Light / Muhal Richard AbramsMuhal Richard Abrams / The Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra8:42
Spiral to Clarity / Muhal Richard AbramsMuhal Richard Abrams / The Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra4:38

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