To introduce this post, a small note intended for those who are only able to bring criticism but nothing more, you are not obliged to download content if for some reason you do not like it.
Here is a rarity.
Here is a rarity.
Douglas Ewart is one important member of the AACM since the early seventies. He have played with almost all the musicians of this association and you can find him on records by George Lewis, Muhal Richard Abrams or Anthony Braxton to name a few.
In the early eighties Ewart started is own record company: Arawak and the two first releases were tapes. Here is the first one probably recorded in 1985.
Douglas Ewart b-flat bass clarinet, contrabass b-flat clarinet, b-flat soprano clarinet, endblown flute (on Jamaican bamboo)
Edward Wilkerson b flat soprano clarinet (not on whale song)
Mwata Bowden e-flat soprano clarinet, contra alto clarinet, e-flat sopranino clarinet, b-flat sopranino clarinet
J.D. Parran contra alto clarinet, e-flat alto clarinet (only on whale song and red hills)
2. whale song
3. red hills
4. Jamaican bamboo
Instruments are listed in the order they are played.
The music is deeply soulful and spiritual. The meaning of the title is in relation with Martin Luther King’s speech pronounced on August 28, 1963. Here are the words:
« I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaves owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. »
With the « Invention Clarinet Choir » Douglas Ewart have made a second record:
It seems that Mr Ewart still have some copies of this cd, that includes more guiding lights of the AACM.
…and for those who still understand that it is important to pay for getting music, for the present of the musicians and the future of the culture you can purchase two recent releases featuring Douglas Ewart, both are great:
Arawak 002 cassette rip.