Muhal Richard Abrams & Marty Ehrlich: Blues to You
Blues To You
The Open Air Meeting (New World 80512 2)
Composed by Muhal Richard Abrams & Marty Ehrlich.
Recorded: New York, August 11, 1996
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
The most rooted, unsophisticated, basic blues – that's what Midwesterners Abrams (Illinois) and Ehrlich (Minnesota) decided to tackle during this New York concert. And they do it in such a raw, uninhibited way, with reverence to the old masters but without any stiff revivalist attitude, that they easily convince us that the blues live forever, and in them too. Those who may find it strange from supposed modernists, who have even been associated with free music, should listen to the intensity of the piano sound and of the alto growls to understand the link.
Reviewer: Thierry QuÃ©num
Tags: 1990s jazz