Rejoicing with the Light

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Rejoicing with the Light
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Studio album by
Released1983
RecordedJanuary 8–25, 1983
Genre Jazz
Length41:12
Label Black Saint
Producer Giovanni Bonandrini
Muhal Richard Abrams chronology
Blues Forever
(1982)
Rejoicing with the Light
(1983)
View from Within
(1984)
Professional ratings
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Rejoicing with the Light is an album by Muhal Richard Abrams released on the Italian Black Saint label in 1983 and featuring performances of five of Abrams' compositions by a fourteen-member orchestra.

Muhal Richard Abrams American musician

Muhal Richard Abrams was an American educator, administrator, composer, arranger, clarinetist, cellist, and jazz pianist in the free jazz medium. He recorded and toured the United States, Canada and Europe with his orchestra, sextet, quartet, duo and as a solo pianist. His musical affiliations constitute a "who's who" of the jazz world, including Max Roach, Dexter Gordon, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Art Farmer, Sonny Stitt, Anthony Braxton, and The Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Black Saint and Soul Note are two affiliated Italian independent record labels. Since their conception in the 1970s, they have released albums from a variety of influential jazz musicians, particularly in the genre of free jazz.

Contents

Reception

The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn states "He led the orchestra through pieces that were sometimes introspective and other times jubilant and swinging, but never simple or predictable. This session was a challenging, instructive, and entertaining lesson in modern big band writing, arranging and performing". [3] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3 stars stating "These albums seem even more compelling now than they did when they first came out, because it is clear where the leader's ideas are going". [2]

<i>The Penguin Guide to Jazz</i> book

The Penguin Guide to Jazz is a reference work containing an encyclopedic directory of jazz recordings on CD which were currently available in Europe or the United States. The first nine editions were compiled by Richard Cook and Brian Morton, two well known chroniclers of jazz resident in the United Kingdom.

Track listing

'All compositions by Muhal Richard Abrams

  1. "The Heart Is Love and "I Am"" - 10:25
  2. "Blessed Be the Heavens at 12" - 9:33
  3. "Bloodline" - 7:54
  4. "Rejoicing with the Light" - 8:42
  5. "Spiral to Clarity" - 4:38

Personnel

Piano musical instrument

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Timbales shallow single-headed drums with a metal casing

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Vibraphone musical instrument

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References

  1. Allmusic Review
  2. 1 2 Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings . The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 5. ISBN   978-0-141-02327-4.
  3. Wynn, R. Allmusic Review accessed March 2, 2009.