The Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra

The Hearinga Suite

Black Saint 120103-2

Item: full_album_8024709051721_CD

Artists :
Bill Lowe ( Bass Trombone )
Cecil Bridgewater ( Trumpet )
Charles Davis ( Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone )
Clifton Anderson ( Trombone )
Courtenay Wynter ( Bass Clarinet )
Dick Griffin ( Trombone )
Diedre Murray ( Cello )
Frank Gordon ( Trumpet )
Jack Jeffers ( Bass Trombone )
Jack Walrath ( Trumpet )
John Purcell ( Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet )
Marty Ehrlich ( Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Sax )
Muhal Richard Abrams ( Piano, Synthesizer )
Ron Tooley ( Trumpet )
Andrew Cyrille ( Drums, Percussion )
Warren Smith ( Percussion, Vibes )
Patience Higgins ( Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone )
Fred Hopkins ( Bass )
Release date
Dec 28, 1989

“…"This marks something of a quantum shift, a move towards something larger and more cohesive…." ”    (source: The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD)

"Pianist Muhal Richard Abrams leads an 18-piece orchestra on his seven originals that make up the Hearinga Suite. Much of the music is quite adventurous, although "Oldfotalk" is fairly conventional. Although the personnel includes such fine players as trumpeters Jack Walrath and Cecil Bridgewater and saxophonists John Purcell and Marty Ehrlich, the emphasis is on group interplay and the colorful arrangements. Throughout this very interesting set, Abrams shows how a big band can logically be utilized in freer forms of jazz. "

(source:,  S. Yanow)