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21st Century Texts


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    (FMP CD 043)
    A Lost Classic! Simply put: "21st Century Texts" is a monster. It's gripping and intense without sacrificing memorable hooks, lyrical nuance, and rhythmic punch. As the song titles indicate, it's also steeped in jazz history while forging its own blazing trail. Trumpeter Malik's first recording under his own name, after slugging it out in Cecil Taylor's band for much of that Unit's 1970s reign, these Texts deserves a far wider audience.
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Extensions 14:02


All music composed by Raphe Malik.


released May 19, 1992


"A marvelous record, which you might not have expected from Cecil Taylor’s and Jimmy Lyons’ former associate, since it’s the first under the trumpeter’s own name and since he’s been offs the scene for so long. It sounds like a record he’s been dying to make. Articulated streams of very worked-out music flow all through the seven pieces; it’s one of those great examples of liberated and tight playing creating a tense, agile combination." -- Ben Ratliff, CODA

"Some of this is murderously brutal stuff, 'Talk' and 'Companions Too' exploding into raw slugging; but there is a pleasingly-toned 'T’s Quiet Time', in dedication to Monk, and the contrasts between Malik’s buzzy but essentially clear playing and the snarling assaults of the two saxes create a different kind of light and shade.... In its unabashed extremes, this is something of a rarity among modern records, even modern ‘free’ records." -- Richard Cook, The Wire

"The execution of written material is overall in the loose unison mode – purposefully ragged but never careless. Solos and interplay erupting from and dancing around these signposts are primarily intense. Of the horns, the leader shines with the greatest versatility. His piercing flurries are tempered by underlying linear concerns and a dash of unabashed lyricism." -- Milo Fine, Cadence

"If you are a supporter of the avant way of playing, this CD is an essential part of your collection. It has all the elements of spontaneity, color forms, and textures that define free jazz. Malik's solid tone and fresh ideas have always indicated he's a musician to be watched and heard. This CD brings all his talent to the surface, with a band that can match those common goals. Highly recommended." --- All Music Guide

"...bristles with fierce intensity..." -- Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Raphe Malik Quintet
Raphe Malik: trumpet
Brian King Nelson: C-melody saxophone
Glenn Spearman: tenor saxophone
Larry Roland: double bass
Dennis Warren: drums

Recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers on June 12th, 1991, during the Workshop Freie Musik at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.

Mixed by Jost Gebers.
Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers.

Booklet layout/design: Jost Gebers.
Photos: Dagmar Gebers.


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