Julius Hemphill: Shorty




Julius Hemphill (leader)


Five Chord Stud (Black Saint)

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Julius Hemphill (leader), Tim Berne (alto sax),

Marty Ehrlich, Sam Furnace (soprano saxes, alto saxes), James Carter, Andrew White (tenor saxes), Fred Ho (baritone sax)


Composed by Julius Hemphill


Recorded: New York, November 18-19, 1993


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

The end of Julius Hemphill's life was plagued with health problems and, from 1993 on, doctors forbade him to play and tour. But Hemphill was not only a great altoist and teacher, who had influenced David Sanborn, Tim Berne and Marty Ehrlich, he was also a composer, and as such carried on writing music until he died in 1995. Some of this music was written specifically for this sextet of alumni dedicated to his work. On this track, Berne begins alone in a fiery solo full of slaps and shrieks before the other reeds join him in a slow blues, led by James Carter's huge tenor sax sound. Hemphill's Texas roots are obvious in this poignant tune that, beyond its free aspects, has all the characteristics of a classic in the vein of some of Ellington's or Mingus's compositions.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum


  • 1 carol // Feb 11, 2009 at 12:49 AM
    miss you terribly..forever fan nobody could duplicate your sound and approach.....carol