• More Hemphill Music

    11 Aug 2007, 02:56 by dalemcbdnl

    I just picked some wonderful live performances by Julius Hemphill. The First is an incredible live Julius Hemphill/Peter Kowald encounter from Wuppertal Germany - January, 1987. There are 6 pieces (solos and duets)- more than 90 minutes! It’s a compressed file (mp3 224 kbps) from http://huppeshyalites.blogspot.com/. I think the sound quality is quite good - CERTAINLY worth checking out if you love these two musician’s work. There’s other good stuff on this particular blog too.

    The other live work is solo (flute, alto & soprano saxes). The recording was made during the 1980 Verona Jazz Festival. Marty Ehrlich got this from Ursula Oppens who only recently discovered the tapes in a box of Julius’ stuff she’d stored at the time of his sickness and death in early 1995. It was very generous of Malinke Elliott to share this unique item with me. It was duped from a soundboard recording so the quality is fairly good.

    More about all this later BUT keep your eyes open for these blogs because…
  • Long Tongues

    13 Apr 2007, 03:29 by dalemcbdnl

    I acquired a couple Julius Hemphill items recently that I think are relevant to my forum article AND appropriate here in my profile page journals. They come from Malenke Elliott who has quite a collection of original Black Artist Group (BAG) music (and other material too). FIRST is "Long Tongues: A Saxophone Opera." The work received its world premiere in Washington D.C. in 1989 and its New York premiere at the Apollo Theater in 1990. At this juncture in Julius' life his performance work was being supplanted by time spent composing. He had parted with The World Saxophone Quartet because of this issue among others. He was beginning to feel like WSQ was repeating itself and wanted to move on. AND, he was, at the time, living with Ursula Oppens. She was/is a terrific concert pianist and has recorded at least one of Hemhill's tangos. Maybe other stuff too. Anyway, classical elements were influencing his thinking as he was moving toward more "composed" work. …