Song For

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Song For
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Studio album by
Released1967
RecordedDecember 16, 1966
October 20, 1966 (tracks 2,5)
StudioSound Studios, Chicago
Genre Jazz
Length40:47 (LP)
51:37 (CD)
Label Delmark
Producer Robert G. Koester
Joseph Jarman chronology
Song For
(1967)
As If It Were the Seasons
(1968)

Song For is the debut album by American jazz saxophonist Joseph Jarman, recorded in 1966 and released on the Delmark label.

Contents

Background

Jarman's regular quintet with saxophonist Fred Anderson, trumpeter Billy Brimfield, bassist Charles Clark and drummer Thurman Barker was augmented for the record by another drummer, Steve McCall, and a new figure, pianist Christopher Gaddy, who had just returned from army service. Gaddy died on March 12, 1968, less than a month before his twenty-fifth birthday. Song For was his only recorded performance. [1] Before joining Jarman, Anderson and Brimfield co-led a quartet which was one of the seminal AACM group. [2]

Music

"Adam's Rib" is a Brimfield tune, while "Little Fox Run"" is an Anderson composition (the CD edition adds an unissued take of this piece). “Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City” is a work combining music with an extended poem by Jarman himself. [1]

Reception

Professional ratings
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Scott Yanow, in his review for AllMusic claims "this music was the next step in jazz after the high-energy passions of the earlier wave of the avant-garde started to run out of fresh ideas". [3] The Penguin Guide to Jazz states about the album "Of great documentary and historical significance, though unlikely to effect any dramatic conversions." [5]

Track listing

All compositions by Joseph Jarman except as indicated
  1. "Little Fox Run" (Fred Anderson) - 7:05
  2. "Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City" - 14:06
  3. "Adam's Rib" (Billy Brimfield) - 5:57
  4. "Song For" - 13:39

Bonus track on CD

  1. "Little Fox Run (Unissued)" (Fred Anderson) - 10:50

Personnel

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References

  1. 1 2 Lewis, George (2008). A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 141, 143, 187. ISBN   9780226476957.
  2. Original Liner Notes by J.B. Figi
  3. 1 2 Yanow, Scott. Joseph Jarman – Song For: Review at AllMusic . Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  4. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 112. ISBN   0-394-72643-X.
  5. Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2002). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (6th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 778. ISBN   0-14-051521-6.