This is a really loose album. You get the feeling that there’s little organization to it, that it’s a hodgepodge of R&B, gospel, and avant garde jazz-with even a poetry reading and a children’s chorus. Bluiett, best known for his baritone saxophone work with the World Saxophone Quartet, explores all the sonic range of the horn here: the overtones of overblowing; the squeals of “false,” upper register notes; the flabby, mooing subtones; and various earth-shaking low notes and surreal sounds of nature. On “Body and Soul,” the lone standard (unless you count “Precious Lord,” sung by gospel singer Amba Hawthorne), he plays bass saxophone; sad to say, this embarrassing track should never have been released.
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