In fact this date, issued as a limited edition LP forms a companion piece to Kuhn's reissue, as it was recorded for the same WKCR radio broadcast by the same line up. It's a continuous 30-minute performance spread across the two sides. Even though the ensembles seem hesitant at times, it nonetheless contains some fascinating playing and is well worth hearing as an important addition to a slender discography. Williams boasts a distinctive style, contrasting a legato stream of half valve effects, slurs and growls with shorter repeated phrases derived from his themes, heightened by explosive cries and hollers.
The piece proceeds as a series of unisons interspersed with freer conversational interplay, and it's in the latter that the meat of the session resides. On the first side bassist William Parker's atmospheric arco sawing combines well, initially with trumpeter Toshinori Kondo's muttering, moaning textures, and then later with Kuhn's whinnying bass clarinet. Kuhn even blends horn and voice for a passage of gritty speaking in tongues which represents one of the earliest examples of what has become a more widespread technique. Drummer Denis Charles fuels pungent group polyphony on the second side, before opening into an exuberant drum solo which pits punchy figures against his accented bass drum rumble.
It must have been a treat to hear such dramatic sounds emanating from the radio.
Forgiveness Suite part I; Forgiveness Suite part II.
Arthur Williams: trumpet; Toshinori Kondo: trumpet; Peter Kuhn: tenor saxophone; William Parker: bass; Denis Charles: drums.
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