13 Aug 2022

USA

You can lose yourself in this, fantastic.... -Original-Steve

'Insane Japanese only Spiritual session from 1976 with Steve McCraven, Joe Aponte and vocalist Terry Jenoure. Amazingly this was only released in Japan on the exquisite Baystate imprint. Remember pulling a mint copy for 30 euros or so at the Utrecht record fair in the good old days and selling it to my future Superfly half for a little bit more. This record is a beast.' -Superfly Records

SOLA
5.0 out of 5 stars 魂の叫び
Reviewed in Japan

長らく待っていたベイステイトレーベルのアルバムがやっと初CD化。

ジャンルで行くとスピリチュアルジャズということです。
アフリカンミニマルとも言えるんでしょうか。

今の家内と結婚するまで時折聞いていたんですが,10年くらい前に知らないうちにレコード全部処分されました。><

LP時代の最後は針も picup も取り換えがきかず,盤面はざらざらになって針飛びしていました。
カセットに録音していたものを車でよく聞いていましたが,それも伸びてしまってました。

なかなかCD化されずこのたび初のCD化。
渋谷ジャズ維新シリーズで tokyorican でラファエル・セバーグ(よくしりません)セレクトで2004年に side B-1のみ聴けるようになってましたが,とうとう全曲聴けるようになりました。

やっぱりいい。

Marion Brown Solo 1978

Marion Brown

Biography

Brown was born in Atlanta, in 1931. He joined the Army in 1953 and in 1956 went to Clark College to study music. In 1960 Brown left Atlanta and studied pre-law at Howard University for two years. He moved in 1962 to New York, where he befriended poet Amiri Baraka and many musicians including Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Paul Bley, Clifford Thornton, and Rashied Ali. He appeared on several important albums from this period, such as Shepp's Fire Music and Attica Blues, but most notably John Coltrane's Ascension.

In 1967, Brown travelled to Paris, where he developed an interest in architecture, Impressionistic art, African music and the music of Erik Satie. In the late 1960s, he was an American Fellow in Music Composition and Performance at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Around 1970, he provided the soundtrack for Marcel Camus' film Le temps fou, a soundtrack featuring Steve McCall, Barre Phillips, Ambrose Jackson and Gunter Hampel.

Brown returned to the US in 1970, where he felt a newfound sense of creative drive. He moved to New Haven, Connecticut, to serve as a resource teacher in a child study center in the city's public school system until 1971. He composed and performed incidental music for a Georg Büchner play, Woyzeck. In 1971, Brown was an assistant professor of music at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, a position he held until he attained his Bachelor's degree in 1974. In addition to this role, he held faculty positions at Brandeis University (1971–74), Colby College (1973–74), and Amherst College (1974–75), as well as a graduate assistant position at Wesleyan University (1974–76). Brown earned a Master's degree in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan in 1976. His master's thesis was entitled "Faces and Places: The Music and Travels of a Contemporary Jazz Musician".

In 1976 he played alto saxophone on Harold Budd's The Pavilion of Dreams. Throughout his many educational positions, Brown continued to compose and perform. In 1972 and 1976, Brown received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, which he used to compose and publish several pieces for solo piano, one of which was based on the poetry of Jean Toomer in his book Cane. He also transcribed some piano and organ music by Erik Satie including his Messe des pauvres and Pages mysterieuses, and arranged the composer's Le Fils des étoiles for two guitars and violin.

In 1981, Brown began focusing on drawing and painting. His charcoal portrait of blues guitarist Blind Lemon Jefferson was included in a New York City Kenkeleba Gallery art show called Jus' Jass, which also included works by artists such as Romare Bearden, Charles Searles and Joe Overstreet.

By the 2000s, Brown had fallen ill; due to a series of surgeries and a partial leg amputation, Brown resided for a time in a nursing home in New York. By 2005 he had moved to an assisted living facility in Hollywood, Florida, where he died in 2010, aged 79.

Influence

Pianist Amina Claudine Myers' debut album Poems for Piano: The Piano Music of Marion Brown (Sweet Earth, 1979) featured Brown's compositions predominantly.

Aside from his influence in the jazz avant-garde, several other areas of music have taken interest in Brown's music. Indie rockers Superchunk included a song called "Song for Marion Brown" on their Indoor Living release, and Savath and Savalas released a piece entitled "Two Blues for Marion Brown" as part of Hefty Records's Immediate Action series.

His Name Is Alive performed a tribute concert in 2004, performing solely Brown's music. In 2007, High Two released portions of the concert with studio versions as Sweet Earth Flower: A Tribute to Marion Brown.

As leader

1966: Three for Shepp (Impulse!)
1966: Juba Lee (Fontana)
1966: Why Not? (ESP-Disk)
1967: Marion Brown Quartet (ESP/Fontana)
1967: Porto Novo (Arista)
1968: Gesprächsfetzen with Gunter Hampel (Calig)
1969; In Sommerhausen with Gunter Hampel and Jeanne Lee
1970: Afternoon of a Georgia Faun (ECM)
1973: Duets (Freedom)
1973: Geechee Recollections (Impulse!)
1974: Sweet Earth Flying (Impulse!)
1975: Vista (Impulse!)
1977: La Placita / Live in Willisau (Timeless Muse)
1977: Solo Saxophone (Sweet Earth)
1977: Zenzile Featuring Marion Brown (Baystate)
1978: Reeds 'n Vibes with Gunter Hampel (Improvising Artists)
1978: Passion Flower (Baystate)
1979: November Cotton Flower (Baystate)
1979: Soul Eyes (Baystate)
1980: Back to Paris (Freelance)
1983: Gemini (Birth)
1985: Recollections (Creative Works)
1985: Songs of Love and Regret with Mal Waldron (Freelance)
1988: Much More (Freelance)
1990: Native Land (ITM)

As sideman

With John Coltrane
Ascension (Impulse!, 1965)

With Stanley Cowell
Regeneration (Strata-East, 1976)

With Archie Shepp
Fire Music (Impulse!, 1965)
Attica Blues (Impulse!, 1972)

With Harold Budd
The Pavilion of Dreams (Editions EG, 1976)


Zenzile Featuring Marion Brown – Zenzile Featuring Marion Brown

Label: Baystate – BVCJ-35123
Series: Baystate Spiritual Jazz Series
Format: CD, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered, Paper Sleeve
Country: Japan
Released: 1976 / Mar 25, 2009
Genre: Jazz
Style: Spiritual Jazz, African Minimalism
1. Sweet Earth Flying 11:32
2. I Think You Really Like Me 4:48
3. Piece Of Ground 10:30
4. Long Distance 9:11

Credits
Alto Saxophone, Producer – Marion Brown
Bass – Kevin Ross
Design – Tadao Aoyagi
Drums – Steve McCraven
Engineer – Craig O'Donnell, Jim Wright
Executive-Producer – Yoshio Ozawa
Guitar – Brandon Ross
Supervised By [監修], Liner Notes – 原田和典
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Alden Griggs
Vocals, Violin, Percussion – Terry Jenoure

Notes
Recorded November 1976 at Lobster Sound, Amherst, Massachusetts.