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Graves, Milford: Babi [2 CDs] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Recorded in 1976 at WBAI-FM/Free Music Store in New York, drummer percussionist Milford Graves goes head to head with two reedists, Arthur Doyle and Hugh Glover, an absolute stunner of percussive momentum and force, drawing the reeds into a frenzy of unbridled free playing; issued with a 2nd CD of a private recording of Graves plus unpublished photos.
 

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Milford Graves-percussion

Arthur Doyle-reeds

Hugh Glover-reeds


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Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CVSD052CD
Squidco Product Code: 26571

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
CD 1 recorded at WBAI-FM/Free Music Store, New York, March 20, 1976, by Ceil Muller.

CD 2 recorded in New York City, on December 14th, 1969.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"The long-awaited first reissue of one of the most legendary albums in the history of free music. Recorded live in concert in 1976, when Graves' trio with saxophonists Arthur Doyle and Hugh Glover was at the height of its powers, Bäbi is a testament to the absolutely unique approach the drummer had established for himself. He had reconfigured the drum kit, removing the second heads on all the drums and replacing the snare with two toms, which allowed him a much more nuanced sense of indirectness in his multi-directional adventures in time.

The track "Ba" remains one of the most astonishing feats of percussion alchemy ever waxed, as funky as ten slap bassists and as free as an exploding grenade. Doyle and Glover are incendiary, too, inspired by Graves to new and shocking heights of achievement, their hoarse cries and whistling split-tones carried to thrilling plateaus on the energy of Graves' hands and feet. The original tapes for the session have been lost, so the reissue was lovingly remastered from virgin vinyl, itself now worth a mint.

In 2017, Graves discovered a previously unknown tape in his archives featuring the same trio at its inception, in home recordings made seven years earlier in 1969. Graves pummels a huge gong while Glover plays an instrument that, after sounding like none ever known, turns out to be bass clarinet. Extreme music recorded up close and very hot, it is among the most searing sessions never heard. Until now.

Rounding out the 2-CD package are three previously unpublished photos by Gérard Rouy, and the original LP cover design by Graves himself."-Corbett vs Dempsey


Artist Biographies

"Milford Graves (born August 20, 1941 in Queens, New York) is an American jazz drummer and percussionist, most noteworthy for his early avant-garde contributions in the early 1960s with Paul Bley and the New York Art Quartet alongside John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, and Reggie Workman. He is considered to be a free jazz pioneer, liberating the percussion from its timekeeping role. In fact, many of his music contemporaries, musician inspirees, and fans worldwide would argue that Graves is perhaps the most influential known musician in the development and continuing evolution of free-jazz/avant-garde music, to date. Milford Graves taught at Bennington College, in Bennington, Vermont, as a full-time professor from 1973 until 2011, when he was awarded Emeritus status.

Initially playing timbales as a kid growing up in Queens, Graves has worked as a sideman and session musician with a variety of jazz musicians throughout his career, including Pharoah Sanders, Rashied Ali, Albert Ayler, Don Pullen, Kenny Clarke, Don Moye, Andrew Cyrille, Philly Joe Jones, Eddie Gómez, and John Zorn. He has invested his time in research within the field of healing through music.

In 2013, Milford Graves along with Drs.Carlo Tremolada and Carlo Ventura received a patent for an invention that relates to a process of preparing a non-expanded tissue derivative, that is not subjected to cell proliferation in vitro, which has a vascular-stromal fraction enriched in stem and multipotent elements, such as pericytes and/or mesenchymal stem cells, or for preparing non-embryonic stem cells obtained from a tissue sample or from such tissue derivative, wherein the tissue derivative or such cells are subjected to vibrations derived from a heart sound to control the degree of differentiation or possible differentiation of the stem and multipotent elements into several other types of cells and optimize their potency. The invention relates also to a device for carrying out the process, to stem cells obtainable by the process as well as a drug for the regeneration of an animal tissue."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milford_Graves)
5/15/2024

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"Arthur Doyle (June 26, 1944 Ð January 25, 2014) was an American jazz saxophonist, flutist, zanzithophonist and vocalist.

Arthur Doyle was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1944. He was inspired to play the saxophone as child, after watching Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington play music on television. He received a degree in Music Education from Tennessee State University. His first professional performance was with trumpeter Walter Miller, a Sun Ra alumnus. He often performed with Gladys Knight & the Pips, among others, in the R&B genre as well as in jazz. Although he performed primarily in Nashville early on in his career, he did go on tours that took him as far as Detroit. Doyle was not initially interested in free jazz, but after a performing for a Black Panthers festival he gradually gravitated toward free jazz, and sometimes appeared in concert with Pharoah Sanders and Sun Ra. Arthur Doyle's first recorded appearance was on Noah Howard's album The Black Ark. He would later appear on Milford Grave's album Babi Music, and Alan Silva's Desert Music, as well as performances with The Blue Humans. His first recording session as a leader was on Alabama Feeling, released in 1978. He appeared on a number of recordings in the 1990s and throughout the first decade of the 2000s as a leader, solo artist, or sideman. His last performance was recorded in 2013 and released on DVD."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Doyle)
5/15/2024

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Hugh Glover is an American free jazz saxophonist, known for his work with Milford Graves Jazz Band.

-Squidco 5/15/2024

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Track Listing:



CD1



1. Babi (11:08)

2. Bi (3:50)

3. Babi (15:14)

CD2



1. 1969 Trio 1 (28:40)

2. 1969 Trio 2 (12:44)

3. 1969 Trio 3 (8:24)

4. 1969 Trio 4 (6:58)

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