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Released  2003
Length  67:03
Release date  2003
Label  ECM Records
Recorded  June 2001
Artists  John Surman, London Brass
Producer  Manfred Eicher
Genre  Jazz
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Venue  Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
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Similar  John Surman albums, Jazz albums

Free and Equal is a live album by English saxophonist John Surman featuring American drummer Jack DeJohnette and the London Brass recorded in Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in 2001 and released on the ECM label.



The Allmusic review by Alain Drouot awarded the album 3½ stars stating "Free and Equal finds its place somewhere between John Surman's past collaborations with Jack DeJohnette and his Brass Project with composer Peter Warren. Less atmospheric than the duos with the drummer and less jazzy than the latter, it still bears the inimitable stamp of the British reed player. It harks back to his pastoral and even medieval leanings and his arranging skills certainly capture the spotlight, his lyrical and often fragile compositions soaring with incredible grace".

Track listing

All compositions by John Surman.

  1. "Preamble" – 4:11
  2. "Groundwork" – 9:33
  3. "Sea Change" – 10:14
  4. "Back and Forth" – 11:51
  5. "Fire" – 6:47
  6. "Debased Line" – 5:02
  7. "In the Shadow" – 6:56
  8. "Free and Equal" – 8:47
  9. "Epilogue" – 3:42


  • John Surman – soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
  • Jack DeJohnette – drums, piano
  • London Brass – trumpet, flugelhorn, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba
  • Songs

    3Sea Change10:14


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