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Julius Hemphill

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Julius Hemphill - alto and soprano saxophone (1928 - 1995) For over thirty-five years Julius Hemphill earned a reputation as one who broke down boundaries and defied labels. A prodigious composer who wrote luscious and shimmering sonorities with the ever-present tang of the blues, Hemphill was as comfortable writing for full orchestra as he was for his Sextet or Big Band. He composed for theater and multi-media productions and worked with some of this generation’s most acclaimed writers and choreographers who sought his unifying consciousness for collaborative projects. An improviser of immense talent and saxophonist who could coax the best out of any musical unit, Hemphill performed in almost every major jazz festival and hall in North America and Europe, including the Berlin, Montreal, Kool, Rome, Paris, Den Haag (North Sea), and Warsaw festivals. Born in 1938, Julius Hemphill divided his attention between music and sports while growing up in the fertile musical environment of Fort Worth, Texas

Album

Frequency Equilibrium Koan

Label: Golden Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Frequency Equilibrium Koan; Heart & Center; Clarity; A Meditation.

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The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony

Label: New World Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: CD 1—The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony I: Dear Friend; Zuli; Band Introduction; At Harmony; Air Rings; Dimples: The Fat Lady on Parade.
CD 2—The Julius Hemphill/Abdul Wadud Duo: Syntax; Tightenin’; Slang; Unknown Title; Rhapsody; Downstairs.
CD 3—The Janus Company: Opener; #4; #3; Collective Improvisation; Dogon A.D.
CD 4—Chamber Music: Parchment (1988); Mingus Gold (1988); Nostalgia in Times Square; Alice’s Wonderland; Better Get Hit in Your Soul; Daedalus String Quartet: Unknown Title No. 1 (1981); Unknown Title No. 2 (1981).
CD 5—Roi Boyé Solo and Text: Trills; Unfiltered Dreams; Wade in the Water; Change My Clothes.
CD 6—The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony II: K.C. Line; Testament #5; Song Suite: At Harmony; Sixty/Sixty; Astrid; Mailika; Pull It; Rites; Pigskin; For Billie (for Billie Holiday); One/Waltz/Time.
CD 7—Live at Joyous Lake: Mirrors; Dung; Band Introduction; Would Boogie.

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The Latest From Clean Feed Records

Read "The Latest From Clean Feed Records" reviewed by Mark Corroto


2021 marks the twentieth year of Lisbon's Clean Feed Records. Listeners went from thinking ”who knew there was jazz in Portugal?" to acknowledging the label as the flag bearer of jazz' vanguard. Besides releasing music by Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson, Steve Lehman, Julius Hemphill, Charles Gayle, Anthony Braxton, Elliott Sharp, Eric Revis, Harris Eisenstadt, and Kris ...

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Warriors of the Wonderful Sound: Soundpath

Read "Soundpath" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If we alter President John F. Kennedy's 1962 moon spaceflight speech just a bit, it easily fits the big band adaptation of Muhal Richard Abrams' magnum opus Soundpath, “We choose to perform this composition not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of ...

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Exploring Broken Shadows

Read "Exploring Broken Shadows" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This show focuses on the reissue of the album by Broken Shadows a band inspired by the music of Ornette Coleman, Julius Hemphill, Charlie Haden and Dewey Redman. There is music from that release plus tunes from the musicians who inspired them, as well as from the individual members of the Broken Shadows band. Also featured ...

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Warriors of the Wonderful Sound: Soundpath

Read "Soundpath" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Nel 2011 il sassofonista di Filadelfia Bobby Zankel, leader della big band The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound e promotore di laboratori di musica contemporanea, propose a Muhal Richard Abrams un lavoro compositivo che avrebbe dovuto essere affidato alla band, con la direzione dello stesso pianista. Operazioni di questo tipo erano già state realizzate da Zankel ...

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Broken Shadows: Broken Shadows with Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson, Dave King

Read "Broken Shadows with Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson, Dave King" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


The context for Broken Shadows is--can you guess--the Ornette Coleman album of the same name, recorded in 1971 and released on Columbia Records in 1982. That, along with three tunes from Coleman's Science Fiction (Columbia, 1971), and more from the free jazz pioneer's Atlantic and Blue Note Records days. And while we're at it, throw in ...

Article: Extended Analysis

The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony

Read "The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony" reviewed by Stefano Merighi


Che trionfo per Julius Hemphill! A dispetto delle poche pagine--o righe--che le recenti storie del jazz dedicano al maestro di Fort Worth, Hemphill emerge da questo cofanetto di inediti come sassofonista-improvvisatore-compositore tra i più profondi della musica afroamericana nei decenni compresi tra gli anni '70 e '90. E questa preziosa edizione non solo ...

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Julius Hemphill: The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony

Read "The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony" reviewed by Mark Corroto


There is something inherently objectionable when a billionaire acquires an artistic masterpiece by say, Leonardo DaVinci or Claude Monet, only to sequester it from public view. You might feel the same about Julius Hemphill's recordings Dogon A.D. (Mbari, 1972) and 'Coon Bid'ness (Arista/Freedom, 1975). Both five star recordings, now out of print, cost a small fortune ...


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