Prologue | Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 Muhal Richard Abrams, Joseph Jarman, John TchicaiVision FestivalAbrons Arts CenterNew York CityJune 24, 2010 Never has the Vision Festival tradition of honoring the lifetime achievement of seminal figures in the avant jazz world seemed more timely. In an eight-day period, which saw the passing of previous honorees Bill Dixon and Fred Anderson, the award for Chicago AACM founder Muhal Richard Abrams was spectacularly apt. News of Anderson's death in ...read more
Muhal Richard Abrams and Roscoe Mitchell are arguably the two figures most central to the birth and rearing of the seminal '60s collective the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The organization was borne out of Abrams' Experimental Band and the first standing group to emerge from it was the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble (later rechristened the Art Ensemble of Chicago). It seems a bit strange, then, that their careers have run such separate, while nearly parallel, paths. Both have worked deeply in the particular form of exploratory jazz that came out of the AACM through various instrumentations ...read more
This is a live solo piano set from 1998's Guelph Jazz Festival, in Canada. Chicagoan-cum-New York pianist Muhal Richard Abrams performs the album's title piece, which is around an hour long and is divided into three parts. Ultimately, there are only the tiniest breaks in this improvisation and these demarcations only exist for listening convenience. Once Abrams begins, he's off on a journey that's so organized that it appears to possess the discipline of a premeditated composition. He views this solo improvising setting as the peak of his own artistic expression, but Abrams also contributes in the visual zone, by ...read more
By Ted Panken At a certain point in the mid-1960s--the exact date escapes him--pianist/composer Muhal Richard Abrams, a lifelong resident of the South Side of Chicago, visited New York for the first time on a gig with saxophonist Eddie Harris at Harlem's Club Barron. New York suited my energy, Abrams recalled. Of course. But I was already in that sort of energy. I had no doubt that I could be in New York. No doubt at all. Doubt seems to be a concept foreign to Abrams, 76, who moved to New York permanently in ...read more
To paraphrase Jack Nicholson from the 1997 film As Good As It Gets, this recording ...makes me want to be a better listener. Impeccably recorded, Streaming brings together (once again) three AACM giants for an hour of open (their word) improvisation.
Like Stephen Hawkins has done with casual conversation, artists Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, and Roscoe Mitchell have long since abandoned music--for sound. That is not to say that for these artists, or the act of creating these open improvisations of sound, are anything but musical. It's like the difference between the euphony of a Southerner's voice ...read more
Inspired in part by a live reunion concert at the 2003 Venice Biennale, seminal AACM members Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis and Roscoe Mitchell recently reconvened for a studio session, having not recorded together since the late 1970s. They reveal a synergistic rapport, perhaps unsurprisingly due to their three decade-plus common history. An exceptional document of empathetic interplay, Streaming embodies the AACM's expansive aesthetic. These five lengthy, open improvisations reveal the trio's fine-tuned listening skills, conciliatory communication and knowing restraint, punctuated by passages of unbridled enthusiasm.
Flowing with a sense of linear narrative, these pieces fluctuate organically between ...read more
Muhal Richard Abrams is the grand patriarch of the AACM. He set-up shop on the ground floor as a co-founder of the Association in 1965 and has since served as one of the guiding forces behind its direction and longevity. Things To Come From Those Now Gone was Abrams third album for Delmark. It’s the last to be reissued by the label and remains one of Abrams most eclectic offerings. As if in deference to his position as educator the gathering of players on hand for the date is largely made up of AACM students. Abrams makes use of the ...read more