It seems we’re in the midst of a veritable explosion of Muhal Richard Abrams recordings, what with his ongoing relationships with both the Black Saint and New World labels. No lightweight indeed, Muhal is an artist who certainly lives up to the mantle of composer. Many of his pieces bear the feeling of being nearly through-composed, despite the obvious breadth and depth of the room for improvisation he leaves for his players. Song For All is a program of eight Abrams originals for septet, with his graceful daughter Richarda added to the cast for an opening recitation and vocal on the title track.
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