Artist: 侯维翰, Quincy Saul
Album: The Music Of Cal Massey: A Tribute
Genre: Free Jazz
Label: Mutable Music
“What Fred Ho has done with his orchestra here is quite remarkable— the first recording ever of Massey’s 1970 10-movement “The Black Liberation Movement Suite” to which updates were made in 1986 by Romulus Franceschini.” – J. S., Buffalo News
Calvin Massey (1928-1972) is virtually unknown with the exception of both highly knowledgeable “jazz” scholars and a small coterie of illustrious musicians who remain alive and were immensely indebted to Massey’s musical influence and mentorship. Massey was a father figure and close friend to many of the greatest “jazz” musicians of the post-World War era until his early death in 1972.
Massey was a trumpeter, but was most noted as a composer of magisterial works, of which his epic opus was The Black Liberation Movement Suite, an extended work of nine movements. Until now, the work had never been recorded in its entirety. Cal Massey ranked among the greatest “jazz” composers of the 20th century, included with Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Sun Ra.
The Black Liberation Movement Suite is one of the undiscovered gems of an epic “jazz” extended work. It perhaps may be regarded through the exposure of this recording release as one of the greatest “jazz” suites of the 20th century, joining Mingus’ Epitaph, Let My Children Music and The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, the major Ellington suites and extended form works (the Sacred Concerts, The Liberian Suite, The Drum is a Woman, etc.), Oliver Nelson’s The Afro-American Suite, and the varying cosmo-dramas of Sun Ra. While of considerable musical and artistic grandeur as these other great extended works, The BLM Suite is also a work of considerable socio-political significance, commissioned by the Black Panther Party and musically and ideologically expressing the revolutionary upsurge of the Black Liberation struggle in the U.S. during the late-1960s.
Three other Massey compositions are featured herein. Quiet Dawn was composed for the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Goodbye Sweet Pops is an homage to Louis Armstrong. Finally, The Cry of My People epitomizes Cal’s compositional energy for combining the soulfulness of Spiritual-like melody with bold and complex harmonic structures.
Bobby Zankel (alto sax)
Bhinda Keidel, Salim Washington (tenor sax & other woodwinds)
Ben Barson (baritone sax)
Jackie Coleman, Nabate Isles, Jameson Chandler (trumpets)
Frank Kuumba Lacy, Aaron Johnson (trombones)
Art Hirahara (piano)
Wes Brown (bass)
Royal hartigan (drums, African percussion)
Melanie Dyer (viola)
Dorothy Lawson (cello)
Whitney George (conductor)
1 The Black Liberation Movement Suite, Pt. 1: Prayer4:00
2 The Black Liberation Movement Suite, Pt. 2: (Hey God-Damn-It) Things Have Got To Change7:11
3 The Black Liberation Movement Suite, Pt. 3: Man At Peace In Algiers (For Eldridge Cleaver) 5:14
4 The Black Liberation Movement Suite, Pt. 4: The Black Saint (For Malcolm X)3:56
5 The Black Liberation Movement Suite, Pt. 5: The Peaceful Warrior (For Martin Luther King, Jr.)5:31
6 The Black Liberation Movement Suite, Pt. 6: The Damned Don’t Cry (For Huey P. Newton)4:50
7 The Black Liberation Movement Suite, Pt. 7: Reminiscing About Dear John (For John Coltrane)2:15
8 The Black Liberation Movement Suite, Pt. 8: Babylon2:00
9 The Black Liberation Movement Suite, Pt. 9: Back To Africa (For Marcus Garvey) 6:20
10 Quiet Dawn 5:33
11 Goodbye Sweet Pops (For Louis Armstrong)5:40
12 The Cry Of My People10:26
The Music Of Cal Massey: A Tribute