Muhal Richard Abrams: Things to Come From Those Now Gone


Things To Come From Those Now Gone



Things To Come From Those Now Gone (Delmark DS-430 )

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Muhal Richard Abrams (piano), Steve McCall (drums),

Edwin Daugherty (alto sax), Wallace McMillan (alto sax), Reggie Willis (bass), Wilbur Campbell (drums)


Recorded: Chicago, October 10-11, 1972


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

While Muhal Richard Abrams is versed in the open improvisations and extended forms that have come to characterize the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (which he co-founded in Chicago in 1965), his discography also abounds with terse and tightly structured works for small groups and big bands. The title track from his third Delmark album is exemplary of his ingenious short-form writing, in this case for sextet. The piece opens with a spacious drum duet, and spikes in intensity when the twinned altos enter, spitting out the bent and steely postbop theme, navigating narrow passes in tandem, trading phrases at peak velocity. Eschewing any avant-garde tendency toward longwinded statements, Abrams plays a solo of approximately six seconds.

Reviewer: Joe Petrucelli

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