Blues Forever

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Blues Forever
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Studio album by
Released1982
RecordedJuly 20, 21, 27, 1981
StudioBarigozzi Studio, Milan
Genre Jazz
Length42:21
Label Black Saint
Producer Giovanni Bonandrini
Muhal Richard Abrams chronology
Duet
(1981)
Blues Forever
(1982)
Rejoicing with the Light
(1983)

Blues Forever is an album by Muhal Richard Abrams released by the Italian label Black Saint in 1982 and featuring performances of seven of Abrams compositions by an eleven-member big band.

Contents

Critical reception

The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn awarded the album 4 stars stating, "Although every arrangement doesn't click, the band successfully romps and stomps through enough cuts to show that the big band sound doesn't just mean "ghost" groups recreating dusty numbers from the 1930s and 1940s." [1] The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide called the album "Abrams's crowning achievement". [2] The Penguin Guide to Jazz described it as "a sparkling big-band date with some demanding charts and a vivid sub-current of the blues". [3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
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Track listing

  1. "Ancient and Future Reflections" – 6:46
  2. "Du King" (Dedicated to Duke Ellington) – 2:00
  3. "Chambea" – 7:30
  4. "Duet for One World" – 4:53
  5. "Blues Forever" – 9:01
  6. "Cluster for Many Worlds" – 5:02
  7. "Quartet to Quartet" – 7:09

Personnel

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References

  1. 1 2 Wynn, Ron. "Blues Forever - Muhal Richard Abrams". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  2. 1 2 Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. US: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 4. ISBN   0-394-72643-X.
  3. 1 2 Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 7. ISBN   978-0-141-03401-0.