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As If It Were the Seasons


  • 1. As If It Were The Seasons / Song To Make The Sun Come Up
    2. Song For Christopher
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 417

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert G. Koester
    EngineerMalcolm Chisholm

    Personnel includes: Joseph Jarman, Sherri Scott, Charles Clark, Thurman Barker, Muhal Richard Abrams, Fred Anderson, John Stubblefield, Lester Lashley.
    Recorded in 1968.
    Personnel: Joseph Jarman (fife, recorder, bassoon, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Sherri Scott (vocals); Charles Clark (koto, cello, bass instrument); Muhal Richard Abrams (oboe, piano); Thurman Barker (drums).
    This set is one of the legendary early AACM releases. Joseph Jarman (heard on alto, bassoon and soprano in addition to fife and recorder) is featured shortly before he became a member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Some of his sidemen would become well-known (pianist Richard Abrams, tenors Fred Anderson and John Stubblefield), while others remained obscure or short-lived (bassist Charles Clark, drummer Thurman Barker, flutist Joel Brandon, trumpeter John Jackson and trombonist Lester Lashley). The two lengthy group improvisations (Sherri Scott adds her voice to "Song for Christopher") contrast sound and silence, noise with more conventional sounds, "little instruments" with powerful saxophones. Certainly not for everyone's taste, the truly open-eared will find the innovative results quite intriguing. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (4/97, p.59) - 4 Stars (out of 5) - "...two lengthy excursions that feature Thurman Barker's colorful percussion, Charles Clark's bass, cello and zither...and Jarman's various winds..."
    JazzTimes (p.119) - "[T]he small group's disciplined, deep listening approach makes for greater clarity, a wider array of sounds, and more successful music overall."
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