Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Marion Brown - 1975 - Vista

Marion Brown 

01. Maimoun 7:31
02. Visions 5:40
03. Vista 7:47
04. Moment Of Truth 4:35
05. Bismillahi 'Rrahmani 'Rrahim 6:00
06. Djinji 9:45

Recorded February 18-19, 1975 at Generation Sound Studios, New York City.

Alto Saxophone, Wind Chimes – Marion Brown
Bass – Reggie Workman
Celesta [Celestes], Gong – Harold Budd
Drums, Cymbal – Jimmy Hopps
Drums, Drum [Slit Drum] – Ed Blackwell
Piano, Celesta [Celestes], Electric Piano [Rmi] – Bill Braynon
Piano, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes] – Anthony Davis
Piano, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes], Mbira – Stanley Cowell
Tambourine, Congas, Finger Cymbals – Jose Goico
Vocals, Bells – Allen Murphy

Altoist Marion Brown, one of the potentially great high-energy saxophonists to emerge in the mid-'60s (he was on John Coltrane's famous Ascension record), has had somewhat of a directionless career. This disc certainly boasts an impressive backup crew (including both Anthony Davis and Stanley Cowell on keyboards along with bassist Reggie Workman and some appearances by drummer Ed Blackwell) but does not seem to know what it wants to be. The solos are relatively short, there is a poppish vocal by Allen Murphy on a Stevie Wonder tune and little that is all that memorable actually occurs. Better to acquire Marion Brown's earlier recordings.


  1. http://www.filefactory.com/file/6ktwak3tvfrt/5116.rar

  2. Bollocks to the above. This is a fantastic album. You don't have to be "difficult" to be good.