One Line Two Views
Label: New World Records
One Line, Two Views features seven compositions for nine-piece
ensemble by Muhal Richard Abrams. Works range from the subtle textural
and tonal explorations of “Textures,” “Hydepth,” and the title track to
the hard bop revisitations of “11 over 4” and “The Prism 3.” The disc is
rounded out by an ebullient, joyous, and celebratory “Tribute to Julius
Hemphill and Don Pullen” and the blues-tinged “Ensemble Song.” Abrams
opts for unique instrumentation including violin, harp, and accordion.
These unconventional additions to the standard jazz ensemble enhance
the warm tones and full sound of this recording.
Muhal Richard Abrams was a founding member and the first
president of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
(AACM), organized in Chicago in 1965 to provide a forum for the young
musicians of the then burgeoning “free jazz” scene, at the time the most
exciting experimental jazz community in the world. He held this office
for more than a decade and had a profound influence on its members, most
prominent among them Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill and the members
of The Art Ensemble of Chicago. Abrams moved to New York City in the
early 1970s and has performed and recorded in settings ranging from solo
piano to his big band.
Cat. number: NW 80469-2