Blues For Falasha

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Blues For Falasha 46:10 $11.98
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1 The Old Book [Glenn Spearman] 2:18 $1.49 Buy
2 Rituals [Glenn Spearman] 5:29 $1.49 Buy
3 Cold Water And Dirt [Glenn Spearman] 10:05 44.1/16 Album only
4 Seed Sounds [Glenn Spearman] 28:18 44.1/16 Album only

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The question of identity has historically played a large role in the survival of the Jewish people and had special significance to free jazz tenor titan Glenn Spearman, as the son of an African-American father and a Jewish mother.

Before his death of cancer in October 1998, Spearman became involved in a deep exploration of his Jewish roots, a journey that expresses itself musically in Blues For Falasha, his last and most adventurous recorded composition. This powerful meeting of Jewish and African-American traditions features Spearman’s landmark group "The Double Trio" in a long, visionary work composed especially for the Tzadik Jewish series. We all mourn the loss of this talented and dedicated musician. His work helps keep him alive to us for all time.

The saxes of Spearman and Ochs supply subtle dialogue as Chris Brown utilizes the piano pedals which serves as an eerie backdrop suggesting notions of uncertainty or doubt. This apparent mysticism segues into the piece titled Cold Water and Dirt which continues with the ambient feel presented thus far. Cold Water and Dirt is a quiet, almost solemn piece which develops into a rousing 28-minute extravaganza Seed Sounds that typifies the hard blowing manic pace of the Double Trio. Percussionist's Willie Winant and Donald Robinson rip through startling yet coordinated rhythms. Ochs and Spearman breathe fire while bassist Lisle Ellis and pianist Chris Brown alter the proceedings with an introspective duet featuring Ellis' skilled arco bass work. Blues For Falasha hits you from many different angles and reverently displays the tranquillity and inner character of Spearman's music, which up until this point may have signified a new direction for Spearman as Larry Ochs imparts in the liner notes. - Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz