- Released: August 27, 1996
- Label: Delmark
Down Beat - 4/97, p.593.5 Stars (out of 5)
- "...his first piano solo on wax, and it's the first record to expose [Henry] Threadgill....'Young At Heart' is lyrical, impressionistic, shifting from bursts of cluster and clamor or stride and swings back to the dominant mood of contemplation and resolution..."
- 1.Young At Heart
- 2.Wise In Time
YOUNG AT HEART/WISE IN TIME comprises a solo piano improvisation ("Young At Heart") and a quintet session ("Wise In Time").
Personnel includes: Muhal Richard Abrams (piano); Henry Threadgill (alto saxophone); Leo Smith (trumpet, flugelhorn); Lester Lashley (bass); Thurman Barker (percussion).
Recorded in 1969.
Personnel: Muhal Richard Abrams (piano); Henry Threadgill (alto saxophone); Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet, flugelhorn); Richard Abrahams (piano); Thurman Barker (drums, percussion); Lester Lashley (percussion).
Audio Remixer: Paul Serrano.
Liner Note Author: John B. Litweiler.
Recording information: Sound Studiosk, Inc (07/02/1969-08/20/1969).
Photographer: Roy Lewis.
Unknown Contributor Role: Kate Hoddinott.
Muhal Richard Abrams, as the founder of the AACM in Chicago, has been one of the unsung leaders of the avant-garde ever since the mid-'60s. A versatile pianist, Abrams is heard in two different settings on this, his second session as a leader. "Young at Heart" finds him stretching out on a solo piano performance that hints at earlier styles while exploring the potential sounds and silence of free jazz. Wise in Time has Abrams functioning as part of an explorative quintet with trumpeter Leo Smith and altoist Henry Threadgill, both of whom were unknown youngsters at the time. Fascinating music, it is recommended strictly for the open-eared listener who does not demand that all jazz swing conventionally. ~ Scott Yanow