Flowers for Albert: The Complete Concert

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Flowers for Albert: The Complete Concert
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Live album by David Murray
Released 1976
Recorded June 26, 1976
Genre Jazz
Length93:24
Label India Navigation
Producer Bob Cummins
David Murray chronology
Low Class Conspiracy
(1976)
Flowers for Albert: The Complete Concert
(1976)
Interboogieology
(1980)

Flowers for Albert is a jazz album by David Murray. It was originally released on the India Navigation label in 1976 and re-released in 1996 with three additional tracks (tracks 2, 4 & 6). It features a live performance by Murray, Olu Dara, Fred Hopkins and Phillip Wilson recorded in concert at the Ladies' Fort, NYC.

David Murray (saxophonist) American jazz musician (tenor saxophone and bass clarinet)

David Murray is an American jazz musician who plays tenor saxophone and bass clarinet mainly. He has recorded prolifically for many record labels since the mid-1970s.

India Navigation was an American record company and independent record label that specialized in avant-garde jazz in the 1970s and 1980s. It was founded by Bob Cummins, a corporate lawyer who helped jazz musicians with legal matters. Its catalogue included Arthur Blythe, Hamiet Bluiett, Chico Freeman, Cecil McBee, and the Revolutionary Ensemble. In addition to this, some recordings of minimal music, such as Arnold Dreyblatt, Phill Niblock and Joseph Celli, or Tom Johnson, also appeared.

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Contents

Reception

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars, stating, "The music is often quite free but it also takes its time, showing high energy in well-chosen spots. Since this period David Murray has lived up to his great potential". [1]

Scott Yanow is an American jazz reviewer, historian, and author.

Professional ratings
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Track listing

All compositions by David Murray except as indicated

  1. "Flowers for Albert" - 14:18
  2. "Santa Barbara and Crenshaw Follies" - 15:53
  3. "Joanne's Green Satin Dress" (Morris) - 12:56
  4. "After All This" - 13:59
  5. "Roscoe" - 9:05
  6. "The Hill" - 17:55
  7. "Ballad for a Decomposed Beauty" - 9:18

Personnel

Fred Hopkins was a Chicago double bassist who played a major role in the development of the avant-garde jazz movement. He was a member of the avant garde jazz trio Air and David Murray's Low Class Conspiracy; he frequently worked with the cellist Diedre Murray. Hopkins played with other musicians including Muhal Richard Abrams, Don Pullen, Hamiet Bluiett, Andrew Cyrille, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Sunny Murray, Kahil El'Zabar, Malachi Thompson, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Anthony Braxton and Marion Brown.

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References

  1. 1 2 Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed July 5, 2011
  2. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 150. ISBN   0-394-72643-X.