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Grand Unification by Milford Graves

Along with Sunny Murray, Milford Graves is one of the fathers of the "free" school of jazz drumming in the early 1960s. They dispensed with the notion of drummer as "timekeeper" or "accompanist" - a drummer was on equal stature with a pianist or horn player, improvising along with them. Recorded in 1997 and released on the label of composer/saxophonist/fan John Zorn, UNIFICATION is a solo percussion tour-de-force. Graves is all over various drums and percussion, playing freely but dynamically - the cross-rhythms will make you dizzy with delight - and with a sense of urgent, driving inner logic. Often while he plays, Graves vocalizes "behind" the storms and flurries he lays down, bellerin' 'bout being a drummer (minus the usual bitterness or self-righteous ego-tripping). Beautifully recorded, GRAND UNIFICATION makes most jazz and rock drummers sound like metronomes.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Milford Graves
  • CD Title: Grand Unification
  • Year Released: 1997
  • Record Label: Tzadik Records
  • Musicians: Graves, drums, percussion, voice
  • Rating: Five Stars
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