A Meeting of the Times/Ornette!

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Your attention please: this duplex reissue disc does not contain two complete albums. One beautiful track -- "Something 'Bout Believing," Rahsaan's passionate rendition of a melody from Duke Ellington's Second Sacred Concert of 1968 -- was omitted simply because there wasn't room on the disc. And if there wasn't room on the disc for these two classic Atlantic albums, then the producers of the compilation damned well should have chosen another album that would have been a better fit, stylistically and spatially, with A Meeting of the Times, Kirk's amazing collaboration with Duke Ellington's star vocalist, Al Hibbler. This is not to say that the collectively improvised ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Your attention please: this duplex reissue disc does not contain two complete albums. One beautiful track -- "Something 'Bout Believing," Rahsaan's passionate rendition of a melody from Duke Ellington's Second Sacred Concert of 1968 -- was omitted simply because there wasn't room on the disc. And if there wasn't room on the disc for these two classic Atlantic albums, then the producers of the compilation damned well should have chosen another album that would have been a better fit, stylistically and spatially, with A Meeting of the Times, Kirk's amazing collaboration with Duke Ellington's star vocalist, Al Hibbler. This is not to say that the collectively improvised music recorded in 1961 by Ornette Coleman with Don Cherry, Scott LaFaro, and Ed Blackwell doesn't complement Kirk's. Rahsaan verbally acknowledged the discovery of harmolodics during his experiential sermon "The Seeker" on his 1969 album Rahsaan Rahsaan, respectfully including Ornette Coleman in his personal pantheon of "beautiful alto players" alongside Otto Hardwicke, Johnny Hodges, Charlie Parker, and Eric Dolphy. So the combination of the two albums would work just fine if "Something 'Bout Believing" hadn't been jettisoned. For this there is no excuse. In the original liner notes to A Meeting of the Times, producer Joel Dorn accurately described Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Al Hibbler as "two master surrealists." In addition to the five warm tracks featuring Hibbler's larger than life vocals, Kirk created three masterful tributes to Ellington: "I Didn't Know About You," a lovely ballad deliberately performed in the style of master chalumeau clarinetist Barney Bigard; "Carney and Begard Place" [sic], a Janus-headed portrait of Barney Bigard and Harry Carney during which Kirk simultaneously blows the clarinet and baritone sax; and the aforementioned "Something 'Bout Believing," the omission of which severely mars the conceptual structure of what was essentially Rahsaan's Ellington tribute album. As on the original LP, A Meeting of the Times closes with "Dream," a paean to unacknowledged musical archetypes sung by Leon Thomas this track was left over from Kirk's 1965 Here Comes the Whistleman album. A complete edition of the amazing Hibbler/Kirk/Ellington album was remastered and reissued on CD for the first time ever in 2004.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431626627
  • Catalog Number: 6266
  • Sales rank: 109,503

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (4:42)
  2. 2 Daybreak (3:15)
  3. 3 Lover, Come Back to Me (3:51)
  4. 4 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (2:59)
  5. 5 This Love of Mine (4:59)
  6. 6 Carney and Bigard Place (5:36)
  7. 7 I Didn't Know About You (4:04)
  8. 8 Dream (2:31)
  9. 9 W.R.U. (16:26)
  10. 10 T. & T. (4:37)
  11. 11 C. & D. (13:11)
  12. 12 R.P.D.D. (9:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Al Hibbler Vocals
Ron Carter Bass
Hank Jones Piano
Leon Thomas Vocals
Major Holley Bass
Oliver Jackson Drums
Ed Blackwell Drums
Ornette Coleman Alto Saxophone
Charles Crosby Drums
Scott LaFaro Bass
Ornette Coleman Quartet Track Performer
Technical Credits
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Composer
Ornette Coleman Composer
Ferde Grofé Composer
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