Marion Brown - Geechee Recollections / Sweet Earth Flying (1973-74) (2011) Lossless
Artist: Marion Brown Title Of Album Geechee Recollections / Sweet Earth Flying Year Of Release: 1973-74/2011 Label (Catalog#) : Impulse! [06025 2780943] Country: USA Genre: Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz Quality: FLAC (tracks+cue,log) Total Size: 476mb(+3%)(cover)
This single-disc volume brings together the first two chapters in saxophonist and composer Marion Brown's stellar Impulse! trilogy. Geechee Recollections (1973) and Sweet Earth Flying (1974) are, along with their final chapter, Vista (1975), arguably the finest moments in his catalog. Thematically, these two titles and Vista examine and celebrate the legacy of poet Jean Toomer and also revisit Brown's childhood in Atlanta and around the Georgia countryside. They are grounded in Southern folk themes and blues with just a kiss of funk. The musicians on Geechee Recollections are vocalist Bill Hasson (who actually does a long-form accompanied sung/spoken recitation of Toomer's poem "Karintha"), percussionist Jumma Santos, trumpeter (pre-Wadada) Leo Smith, drummer Steve McCall, and bassist James Jefferson as well as others on percussion. Brown plays alto, soprano, and clarinet. The second of these two albums acts as a mirror image to the first. While the themes are the same, none of Toomer's poetry is actually used and Hasson speaks on only one selection. While there was no piano on Geechee Recollections, there are two pianists on Sweet Earth Flying, in Muhal Richard Abrams and Paul Bley. Both players use Rhodes as well as acoustic pianos, and Abrams plays an organ on the fourth part of the title suite. The rhythm section features Jefferson on upright and electric bass and McCall on drums and percussion. What holds everything together is Brown's playing: it always begins quietly and tentatively, almost haltingly, in the way he poetically approaches the material. On all his horns, however, he soon becomes the voice of authority underscoring his bandmembers as well as singing above them, pushing them toward something he wants them as well as the listener to be able to grasp aurally. While it would have been terrific to have this be a double disc with Vista added to round out the trilogy, the two albums presented here are a stellar introduction to Brown's most creative period. Remastered from analog tapes, the sound is full, rich, spacious, and warm.
Tracklist --------- Geechee Recollections 01. Once Upon A Time (A Children's Tale) - 6:27 02. Karintha - 9:25 03. Buttermilk Bottom - 4:43 04. Introduction - 1:18 05. Tokalokaloka, Part One - 7:00 06. Tokalokaloka, Part Two - 8:39 07. Tokalokaloka, Part Three - 1:46 08. Ending - 1:20 Sweet Earth Flying 09. Sweet Earth Flying, Part 1 - 3:40 10. Sweet Earth Flying, Part 2 - 5:58 11. Sweet Earth Flying, Part 4: Prince Willie - 5:58 12. Sweet Earth Flying, Part 5 - 4:58 13. Eleven Light City, Part 1 - 7:18 14. Eleven Light City, Part 2 - 2:11 15. Eleven Light City, Part 3 - 5:53 16. Eleven Light City, Part 4 - 3:02
Total Time: 01:19:33
Personnel: --------- Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Marion Brown Art Direction, Design – Mtrchoh Bass – James Jefferson Brass, Strings, Percussion – Wadada Leo Smith (tracks: 1 to 8) Cello, Percussion – James Jefferson (tracks: 1 to 8) Clarinet, Percussion – Marion Brown (tracks: 1 to 8) Composed By – Bill Hasson (tracks: 11), Jean Toomer (tracks: 2), Marion Brown (tracks: 1 to 7, 9 to 16), Wadada Leo Smith (tracks: 8) Congas, Percussion – Jumma Santos (tracks: 1 to 8) Drums, Percussion – Steve McCall Mbira [Thumb Piano], Autoharp, Percussion – William Malone (tracks: 1 to 8) Narrator, Percussion – Bill Hasson Percussion, Idiophone – A. Kobena Adzenyah (tracks: 1 to 8) Piano, Electric Piano, Organ – Muhal Richard Abrams (tracks: 9 to 16), Paul Bley (tracks: 9 to 16)