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Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 2

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Released  2008
Artist  Billy Harper
Label  Talking House Records
Recorded  August 8-10, 2006
Release date  2008
Genre  Jazz
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Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 2 is an album by saxophonist Billy Harper recorded in 1997 and released on the Talking House label.

Contents

Reception

In his review for AllMusic, Michael G. Nastos states "Certainly a celebration for fans of the 65-year-old Harper and a welcome addition to his potent discography, this CD represents him playing at an exceptionally high level, staying true to his spirit, and still making powerful music". In JazzTimes Michael J. West wrote "The album is a tableau of Harper’s spiritual jazz, bookended with Amiri Baraka poems on the music’s evolution in both America and Africa. When it’s on point, Blueprints is brilliant; when it’s off, it just misses the mark".

Track listing

All compositions by Billy Harper except as indicated

  1. "Africa Revisited" (Amiri Baraka, Billy Harper) - 16:45
  2. "Knowledge of Self" (Baraka, Harper) - 9:06
  3. "Another Kind of Thoroughbred" - 4:33
  4. "Thoughts and Slow Actions" - 5:37
  5. "Time and Time Again" - 5:14
  6. "Who Here Can Just Our Fates?" - 7:46
  7. "Amazing Grace" (Traditional) - 4:03
  8. "Cast the First Stone? (...If You Yourself Have No Sins)" - 12:26
  9. "Oh... If Only" (Baraka, Harper) - 6:14

Personnel

  • Billy Harper - tenor saxophone, vocals
  • Amiri Baraka - spoken word (tracks 1, 2 & 9)
  • Keyon Harold - trumpet, French horn
  • Charles McNeal - alto saxophone (tracks 5 & 8)
  • Francesca Tanksley - piano
  • Clarence Seay (tracks 1-6 & 8), Louie Spears (tracks: 1-3 & 5-9) - bass
  • Aaron Scott - drums
  • Songs

    1Africa Revisited (With Amiri Baraka)16:47
    2Knowledge of Self (With Amiri Baraka)9:09
    3Another Kind of Thoroughbred4:37

    References

    Blueprints of Jazz Vol. 2 Wikipedia


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