The first Marion Brown record I ever heard and still arguably his finest. My friend Mac turned me onto this when he wanted me to burn his lp onto disc. It was like a gateway drug, I was hooked. Even though his band had recorded a song named for Marion Brown, I had never really explored his music. I was in his hometown a few weeks after Marion's passing and I was thrilled to hear the band break this song out, if only for a few performances. Which has little or nothing to do with this actual record, which still takes my breath away each time I listen. It plays even now as I type and struggle for words.
This record has languished too long in limbo and needs to be rediscovered and added to many a Top 100 list.
Sounding very much of its time - mid 70's* - if you are a fan of jazz of that period - you need to hear this. If you are not such a fan, now is the time to give it a try - no better place to start than here.
Sweet Earth Flying
1.Eleven Light City Part 1
2. Eleven Light City Part 2
3. Eleven Light City Part 3
4. Eleven Light City Part 4
5. Sweet Earth Flying Part 1
6. Sweet Earth Flying Part3
7. Sweet Earth Flying Part 4: Prince Willie
8. Sweet Earth Flying Part 5
1-4 Marion Brown (ss) Paul Bley (p, el-p, org) Muhal Richard Abrahms (el-p, org) James Jefferson (b, el-b) Steve McCall (d) Bill Hasson (per)
Boston, MA, May 6, 1974
5-8 Marion Brown (as) Muhal Richard Abrahms (p, el-p, org -2/4) Paul Bley (el-p -1,2) James Jefferson (b, el-b) Steve McCall (d, per -3) Bill Hasson (per, nar -3)
Boston, MA, May 7, 1974
Impulse AS 9275
* 1974 I was a sophomore in high school, and wouldn't even discover Miles Davis for another year.