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Marion Brown – Duets Vol 1

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Marion Brown – Duets Vol 1

Centering - 1:14
Njung-Lumumba Malcolm - 18:12
And Then They Danced - 16:18
Rhythmus No.1 -
3:31

Marion Brown – Duets Vol 1

Free jazz alto saxophonist Marion Brown is often overlooked, though he made important contributions during his career, which spanned almost three decades. He came to New York City in 1965, working with Sun Ra and taking part in John Coltrane’s free jazz record date “Ascension” and Archie Shepp’s “Fire Music” before beginning to get attention from critics. Brown had greater success touring in Europe, where audiences were receptive to his daring improvisations. Brown’s taught at a number of schools, including Bowdion College, Brandeis University, Amherst College and Wesleyan University. Health problems ended his performing career in the early 1990s; Marion Brown died in Hollywood Florida on October 18, 2010.

“Duets” is one of Brown’s more sparse record dates. Joined by trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, the musicians are anything but predictable throughout this session, with both of them occasionally putting aside their main instruments to accompany each other on percussion throughout the date, occasionally at the same time. The brief introduction “Centering,” composed by Wadada Leo Smith, features trumpet and percussion. Smith’s “Njung-Lumumba Malcolm” for eighteen minutes, at one point going into an acoustic guitar-percussion duet, then adding what sounds like toy piano for a time. A good portion of Brown’s “And Then They Danced” is a percussion duet, though his alto saxophone takes on a comical tone upon its return. “Rhythmus No. 1” is likely a total improvisation, a miniature featuring both players playing percussion exclusively. This session is easily one of the more adventurous recordings in Marion Brown’s discography.

 

 

 

 
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