Milford Graves: Nothing




Milford Graves Percussion Ensemble


Milford Graves Percussion Ensemble (ESP 1015)

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Milford Graves (drums, bells, gongs, shakers),

Sunny Morgan (drums, bells)


Composed by Milford Graves


Recorded: July 1965


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

I have always had a thing for percussion music. I've also had loads of fun defending it as music. That's right, some folks cling so desperately to the harmony/rhythm/melody (read: Western) model of music that when an element is absent, even merely implied, they're sure that the sounds don't add up.

If you listen to what Milford Graves and Sunny Morgan are up to here, there is a wealth of interactions and textures to contemplate. From the first clipped hi-hat segment to the various call and response interludes, Graves and Morgan build loads of tension, dispersing it at will as they shift off in other directions (the bells over the gong a few minutes in are particularly nice).

Not music? C'mon, you're kidding, right?

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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