Sound Awareness (CD)


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Format: CD 
Label: Manufactured Recordings 
Year: 2016 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 

TRACKS: 

1 Beyond Yourself (The Midnight Confession) (22:04) 
2 Love Piece (16:20) 

PERSONNEL: 

Cello – Pat Dixon 
Rap – Max Roach 
Flute, French Horn Natural Sounds – Brother Ah 
Text – Pat Curtis 
Percussion – Barbara Burton, M'Boom Re Percussion Ensemble 
Chorus – The 90 Voice Sound Awareness Ensemble 
Soprano Vocals – Barbara Grant 
Tuba – Howard Johnson 
Written-By, Arranged By – R. Northern 

The renowned French horn player known as Brother Ah (aka Robert Northern) is one of the most prolific and respected musicians in the history of jazz music. 

Brother Ah recorded with some of the most illustrious names in the genre, including Donald Byrd, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and, perhaps most influentially, Sun Ra. In 1969, Ah formed his own group, the Musical Sound Awareness Ensemble, and released several works under his own name from 1974 onward. 

In the early 1980's Brother Ah settled permanently in Washington, DC, where he taught music, hosted a weekly radio program on WPFW, formed the World Music Ensemble, and thankfully continued to record. 

Sound Awareness was released on the Strata East label in 1972. By this time, Ah had recorded extensively with the Sun Ra Arkestra and his solo work continued the boundary-pushing approaches he explored with that ensemble. 

Consisting of two side-length tracks, “Beyond Yourself (The Midnight Confession)”, and “Love Piece”, the album features notable appearances by percussionist Max Roach and the M'Boom Re:percussion Ensemble, as well as a 90-piece vocal choir. The 22-minute “Beyond Yourself” is billed as “a sound journey” in seven parts, outlining a man's struggle to either give up drugs or become a monk. 

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