CD A New Beginning [Ken McIntyre] (CD 946494),
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A New Beginning [Ken McIntyre]

  • 1. Black Sugar Cane
    2. Evolvement
    3. Breadfruit
    4. Witch's Brew
    5. Another Look
    6. Monk and Trane
    7. Toy Rugs
    8. Joyous Remembrance
    9. Smile
    10. Sonny
    11. Tomorrow? Tonight!
    12. New Beginning, A
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 41215

  • Credits
    EngineerLou Holtzman

    Personnel: Ken McIntyre (flute, bass clarinet, oboe, bassoon, alto saxophone); Wilber Morris (bass instrument); Joanne Brackeen (piano); Charlie Persip (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Lou Holtzman.
    Liner Note Author: Timothy D. Price.
    Recording information: Eastside Sound Studios, NY.
    Multi-instrumentalist, musicologist, and educator Makanda Ken McIntyre led his last recording session on September 18, 1999, playing flute, oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet, and alto saxophone with pianist Joanne Brackeen, bassist Wilber Morris, and drummer Charlie Persip. McIntyre, who wrote all 12 of the pieces realized on that day, left more than 400 compositions and one-dozen albums recorded over a span of 40 years. In keeping with the textural versatility of this artist's recorded output, there are reflective moods, friendly romps, and beatific studies ("Evolvement," "Witch's Brew," "Another Look," and "A New Beginning"); searching lyrical improvisations ("Black Sugar Cane," "Monk & Trane," "Toy Rugs," "Tomorrow? Tonight!") and rhythmic dances suffused with Caribbean rhythms ("Breadfruit," "Smile," and "Sonny," which is clearly a respectful portrait of tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins.) Brackeen, Morris and Persip interact wonderfully with the composer and multi-instrumentalists on what turned out to be his final gift to the world. ~ arwulf arwulf

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (5/02, p.129) - "...A sunny album..."
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