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A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe

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Released  1995
Length  72:51
Release date  1995
Label  ECM Records
Recorded  October 1994 (1994-10)
Artist  John Surman
Producer  Manfred Eicher
Genre  Jazz
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Similar  John Surman albums, Jazz albums

A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe is a solo album by English saxophonist John Surman recorded in 1994 and released on the ECM label.



The Allmusic review by Stacia Proefrock awarded the album 4½ stars stating "John Surman is an artist with an amazing range and depth of style, from contemporary classical to jazz to electronic music. In few places is this more evident than on A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe, on which Surman acts as a sort of one-man wind chamber ensemble... Elements of modern composition, jazz, and European folk can be heard throughout and the mood is one of reflection and wintry quiet. Overall, this is one of Surman's most daring and yet most successful projects to date".

Track listing

All compositions by John Surman.

  1. "First Light" – 2:45
  2. "Countless Journeys" – 7:34
  3. "A Monastic Calling" – 5:55
  4. "Druid's Circle" – 2:46
  5. "'Twas But Piety" – 7:23
  6. "Three Aspects" – 2:53
  7. "The Long Narrow Road" – 2:51
  8. "Wayfarer" – 9:31
  9. "The Far Corners" – 6:37
  10. "An Image" – 1:25


  • John Surman – soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, alto clarinet, keyboards
  • Songs

    1First Light2:45
    2Countless Journeys7:34
    3A Monastic Calling5:55


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