Muhal Richard Abrams: C.C.'s World
Muhal Richard Abrams (piano)
Roots of Blue (RPR Records, RPR 001)
Recorded: New York, January 1986
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
Upon first listening to this, one might think it was a beautiful improvisation. Muhal improvises on the melody for the first four minutes, then spends the last three minutes playing the melody. In this piece, his lush voicings are simply perfect. A player like Muhal constantly defies your expectations. At one moment he can play as sensitive as Herbie Hancock, at another as densely as Cecil Taylor, but he always maintains his identity.
Reviewer: Jason Moran