Marion Brown Geechee Recollections / Sweet Earth Flying

Rating 5.0
1 rating
LOW STOCK: Only 2 copies left
List Price: $16.98
Your Price: $15.28
You Save: $1.70 (10% Off)
Available: Usually ships in 1-3 business days
Item:  VRV 2780943

CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2011
  • Label: Verve

Tracks:

  • Buy for $1.291.Once Upon a Time (a Children's Tale)
  • 2.Karintha
  • Buy for $1.293.Buttermilk Bottom
  • Buy for $1.294.Introduction
  • Buy for $1.295.Tokalokaloka [Part One]
  • 6.Tokalokaloka [Part Two]
  • Buy for $1.297.Tokalokaloka [Part Three]
  • Buy for $1.298.Ending
  • Buy for $1.299.Sweet Earth Flying [Part One]
  • Buy for $1.2910.Sweet Earth Flying [Part Three]
  • Buy for $1.2911.Sweet Earth Flying [Part Four: Prince Willie]
  • Buy for $1.2912.Sweet Earth Flying [Part Five]
  • 13.Eleven Light City [Part One]
  • Buy for $1.2914.Eleven Light City [Part Two]
  • Buy for $1.2915.Eleven Light City [Part Three]
  • Buy for $1.2916.Eleven Light City [Part Four]

Product Description:

Recording information: Intermedia Sound Studios, Boston, MA (1973-06-04_1973-06-05&1974-).
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. ~ Thom Jurek

Music Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:

Be the first Music Lover to write an online review of this product!

Similar Products:

Genre:

Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 123,550
  • UPC: 602527809434
  • Shipping Weight: 0.22/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item