Vision Live

Vision Festival

An historic double disc CD/DVD release, Vision compiles highlight performances from the Vision Festival, New York's own world-renowned multi-arts festival. Past Vision Festivals have been described as avant-jazz. However, as the festival has evolved we have come to understand that it is no longer meaningful as a description of what we present nor is it how we wish to be seen. A better description might be freedom music. For it is not limited by any particular tradition, but may in any instance utilize any tradition. It is art built on the development of craft and vision with each artist using a voice that is uniquely their own. It is art with a most decidedly disciplined disregard for tradition and boundaries.

Vision boasts stunning performances from a full spectrum of advanced musical thinkers and improvisers who draw on a rich collective history. The nine selections include performances from Blue Series regulars Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Mat Maneri, Roy Campbell, and Hamid Drake, all of whom offer moments of transcendence and grace, fire and succor, heady introspection and soulful groove. Also included are great performances by pianist Dave Burrell; bassoonist Karen Borca; vocalist Ellen Christi; and reed man Douglas Ewart with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith. Finally, there is a valedictory solo from German bass explorer Peter Kowald, who died several months after the recording.


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1-Muntu* Truth Is Marching In
Alto Saxophone – Jemeel Moondoc
Bass – William Parker
Composed By [Originally] – Albert Ayler
Drums – Rashid Bakr
Trumpet – Roy Campbell
2–Dave Burrell And Tyrone Brown Existence
Bass – Tyrone Brown
Piano – Dave Burrell
3–Billy Bang Trio Bangart 100
Baritone Saxophone – Hamiet Bluiett
Violin – Billy Bang
Zither [Komungo] – Jin Hi Kim
4-Douglas Ewart Quintet Crepuscule IV In Powderhorn Park
Bass – William Parker
Drums – Hamid Drake
Reeds – Douglas Ewart, Joseph Jarman
Trumpet – Wadada Leo Smith
5–Matthew Shipp String Trio Speech Of Form
Bass – William Parker
Piano – Matthew Shipp
Viola – Mat Maneri
6–Karen Borca Quartet 45 Hours
Alto Saxophone – Rob Brown (4)
Bass – Reggie Workman
Bassoon – Karen Borca
Drums – Newman Taylor-Baker*
7–Ellen Christi Quartet Synchronicity
Bass – William Parker
Drums – Hamid Drake
Guitar – Rolf Strum
Voice – Ellen Christi (2)
8–Kidd Jordan / Fred Anderson Quartet Spirits Came In
Alto Saxophone – Fred Anderson, Kidd Jordan
Bass – William Parker
Drums – Hamid Drake

9–Peter Kowald Improvisation
Bass – Peter Kowald