a stunning set, from one of my very favourite musicians...this has been out of circulation way too long.
as much as i like Sunny Murray ,Milford Graves,Tony Oxley ..and DOZENS OF OTHERS
Andrew Cyrille is the master post free, jazz drummer as far as i'm concerned ...nothing i can say here will do the man justice.
He first came to prominence in the mid 60's appearing on classic Walt Dickerson quartet dates for prestige 'new jazz 'and audio fidelity..he'd also previously recorded with Coleman Hawkins among others.
most here will know him as Cecil Taylors drummer of a dozen or so years standing..his most conceptually in tune drummer from my point of view.
The late 70's was an era of creative resurgence and eclectic syntheses after the Dead End, purveyance of slick Light weight fusion,and the grotesque formulaic excesses of would be funksters and card board cut out hard boppers.
A certain postmodern sensibility seemed to flower out of the ashes of what some might call the 2nd wave of the 'new thing', that sensibility was of course already present in the work of members of the AACM... irony and savage satire co-existing with playful homage..even reverence for the past.
Cyrilles band Moano was there in the midst of it all drawing on and combining stylistic elements of all previous subgenres in jazz and whatever else they felt like using.
for Me the great enduring classic in this vein is Cyrille and moano's Meta Musicians stomp(1978) on black saint .
ON the other hand they sometimes also laid down ferocious freely improvised sets, this is perhaps more "free" but none the less compelling.
its clear that some of the 'tunes'owe something to cecil taylor's shamans chant, no surprise given that Cyrille ,Daniel, and Ware were at the time all still members of CT's unit.
ted daniel plays mostly electric trumpet and flugelhorn(uncredited)here..sounding more than a bit like the forbear of what T.Kondo often does in the classic Die like a dog quartet dates on FMP.
anyone who likes this ought to check out virtually anything Cyrille has ever done... starting with metamusicians stomp 1978, Nuba 1979, and special people 1980
all excellent black saint release.
'junction was recorded live at Sam Rivers rivbea studios may 3rd 1976 ...and at wollman auditorium, Columbia university on june 12 1976
Cyrille- perc,sanza,voice, composer
Ted Daniel-trpt ,flugelhorn, flute
David S Ware-tenor sax
covers included in both fl ac and lame files.
BTW/ I'm willing to be schooled in the finer points of photographing images and record covers ..i only have a cheap 6 mega pixel camera, and find it excruciatingly difficult.
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