Julius Hemphill

The Boye Multi-National Crusade for Harmony (80825-2)

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The Boye Multi-National Crusade for Harmony

Julius Hemphill

New World Records

093228082521

NWR 162700

80825-2

JAZZ

7

CD 90,91 €

7X CD SET

In response to the arguably self-righteous pronouncements made in the 1990s as to what jazz is and isn’t, Julius Hemphill (1938–1995) spoke up as he had done throughout his career. “Well, you often hear people nowadays talking about the tradition, tradition, tradition. But they have tunnel vision in this tradition. Because tradition in African-American music is wide as all outdoors.” This collection of music, this celebration of artistic collaborations that engaged Julius Hemphill throughout his life, adds much to what we know of his creativity in exploring the implications in that wide space.

His work, done in what was not much more than twenty-five years, illuminated so many byways of that protean tradition, created in America against the direst of odds. Equally vital, Julius claimed, with great passion, his space to be expressive. He worked inward as much as he looked outward, in his artistic creativity and cultural engagements.

This box set contains musical compositions and performances that have come to light from the Julius Hemphill Archive at the Fales Library of New York University. These performances present thirty-five Hemphill compositions culled from close to 180 audio and visual documents of his work. Twenty-five of these works did not receive a commercial recording in his lifetime. Also represented in this box set are ensemble contexts Julius formed which did not receive substantial, or in some cases, any public documentation. These performances put Julius’s improvisational work as a saxophonist and flutist to the fore, from solo to quintet contexts. (The one exception being Disc 4, where we hear pieces Julius wrote for others to interpret.) Equally important, these performances deepen our experience of Julius’s long associations in artistic collaboration. — Marty Ehrlich (from the liner notes)

PERSONNEL:

  • Julius Hemphill with:
  • • Malinké Elliott • K. Curtis Lyle • Abdul Wadud • Baikida Carroll • John Carter • Olu Dara • Nels Cline • Alan Jaffe • Jehri Riley • Jack Wilkins • Jerome Harris • Dave Holland • Steuart Liebig • Roberto Miranda • Michael Carvin • Alex Cline • Jack DeJohnette • Philip Wilson • Ursula Oppens • Daedalus String Quartet • Ray Anderson • Marty Ehrlich • Janet Grice • John Purcell • Bruce Purse

TRACKS:

  • CD ONE: The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony I [74:20]
  • 01. Dear Friend
  • 02. Zuli
  • 03. Julis Hemphill Band Introduction
  • 04. At Harmony
  • 05. Air Rings
  • 06. Dimples: Fat Lady On Parade
  • CD TWO: The Julius Hemphill/Abdul Wadud Duo [60:51]
  • 01. Syntax
  • 02. Tightenin'
  • 03. Slang
  • 04. Unknown Title
  • 05. Rhapsody
  • 06. Downstairs
  • CD THREE: The Janus Company [73:47]
  • 01. Opener
  • 02. #4
  • 03. #3—Improvisation—#2
  • 04. Collective Improvisation
  • 05. Dogon A.D.
  • CD FOUR: Chamber Music [63:32]
  • 01. Parchment
  • 02. Nostalgia In Times Square
  • 03. Alice's Wonderland
  • 04. Better Get It In Your Soul
  • 05. Unknown Title No. 1
  • 06. Unknown Title No. 2
  • CD FIVE: Roi Boyé Solo and Text [75:01]
  • 01. Trills
  • 02. Wade In The Water
  • 03. Change My Clothes
  • 04. Nobody Tells Me What To Do
  • 05. Rapture Is The Rupture We Are Looking For
  • 06. Compute The Dolphin
  • 07. In Periods Of Trance
  • 08. Why I Left St. Louis Soliloquy
  • 09. Power Dancer
  • 10. Part I: The Orator
  • 11. Part II: What Are They Waiting For Me To Tell Them?
  • 12. Part III: The Hipster
  • 13. Part IV: The Preacher
  • 14. Part V: Carnival Barker
  • 15. Solo Soprano Saxophone With "Bells" Recording
  • CD SIX: The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony II [65:07]
  • 01. K.C. Line
  • 02. Testament #5
  • 03. At Harmony
  • 04. Sixty/Sixty
  • 05. Astrid
  • 06. Mailika
  • 07. Pull It
  • 08. Rites
  • 09. Pigskin
  • 10. For Billie (For Billie Holiday)
  • 11. One / Waltz / Time
  • CD SEVEN: Live At Joyous Lake [66:44]
  • 01. Mirrors
  • 02. Dung
  • 03. Julius Hemphill Band Introduction
  • 04. Would Boogie