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Afternoon Of A Georgia Faun [CD]

Marion Brown Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B000024MDQ
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Afternoon Of A Georgia Faun
2. Djinji's Corner

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Recorded 1970. Personnel: Marion Brown (alto saxophone, zomari, percussion), Anthony Braxton (alto and soprano saxophones, clarinet, contrabass clarinet, chinese musette, flute, percussion), Bennie Maupin (tenor saxophone, alto flute, bass clarinet, acorn, bells, wooden flute, percussion), Chick Corea (piano, bells, gong, percussion), Andrew Cyrille, Larry Curtis (percussion), Jeanne Lee (voice, percussion), Jack Gregg (bass, percussion), Gayle Palmoré (voice, piano, percussion), William Green (top o'lin, percussion), Billy Malone (african drum)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Time-honoured rituals 15 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD
In my review of Brown's GEECHEE RECOLLECTIONS / SWEET EARTH FLYING on this site I argued that this album can be viewed as part of a trilogy, if you will, with the two LPs that make up that other title, but this could hardly summon up what this music is all about.

The two LP side-long pieces that make up this album mirror the efforts of the Art Ensemble of Chicago when they were a drummerless quartet, but that's merely a point of reference for both the title track and "Djinji's Corner" could qualify as the sounds of rituals worthy of anthropological study. Such a level of praise is likely to put off as many potential listeners as it's going to attract, but that's their loss as this is music which even in face of repeated listening still retains tantalisingly inscrutable qualities.

Brown was blessed in terms of the band he was fortunate enough to assemble. Both Anthony Braxton and Bennie Maupin are here, on rafts of reeds and flutes, while the undervalued vocalist Jeanne Lee makes her presence tellingly felt on "Djinji's Corner" where Chick Corea -no less- turns in perhaps some of the freest playing he's ever committed to record.

But in essence this is egoless music; it's the sound of the collective, if you will, in the degree to which the ego is sublimated. Even where solos do happen they burn like solar flares only to sink within the quietly hypnotic tumult, although personality is always on the agenda and in places it takes the form of Braxton's contrabass clarinet.

The denial of familiarity and the ability to defy it no matter what isn't that common in creative improvised music, but as this title shows it's a darn sight more common there than it is in most other fields of musical so-called creativity, and while there's no point in getting precious about it, it has to be said that this little gem deserves to shine a damn sight more brightly than it does.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A much different and worthwhile jazz album 14 Nov 2001
By A. Benjamin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A few words of caution: Afternoon of Georgia Faun is not your ordinary jazz album, your ordinary free/avant-garde jazz album, and much different from anything else Marion Brown had done to that point. The two lengthy pieces don't swing. There is none of the overt fury that normally characterizes free jazz. Instead, Brown and crew create an impressionistic soundscape that for me evokes early childhood memories of summer afternoons in rural northeast Texas (not quite Georgia, but close enough). The sound of the birds, insects, the breeze blowing on the leaves, the sultriness of the hot and humid summer afternoons -- it's all there. The social and political turmoil of the day is never too far away (and it's never gone away), but for the moment is suspended. This album is about the rhythm, the pulse of life itself. Highly recommended.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest 'Environmental Sounds' Album I've Ever Heard 8 Sep 2008
By Michael Paull - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
And that's likely not even it's aim: to appear on the same CD rack at a Borders or Hastings under the heading "Ambient/Environmental" along with "Sounds of a Vermont Rainstorm", or "Owls & Crickets under an Idaho Skyline", or any other such thing. Although I believe these kinds of recordings are perfectly fine (and have even owned a couple myself), I found the experience of listening, over time, to be...well... kind of artificial, if you know what I mean. The crickets, owls, etc., are all very real, and recorded quite faithfully, but...

So one day, a number of years ago, I was out spending some of my weekly paycheck at a record store, and picked up a couple of albums by saxophonist Marion Brown, because I was interested in Avant-Garde Jazz, and anything similar. The first one was the legendary "Porto Novo", and it fit the bill perfectly. The second was this one.

Nothing even close to what I was expecting.

If you're reading this review, then chances are you've already checked out the first critique, written above. What it describes, as far as the SOUND of this recording-particularly of the piece called "Afternoon Of A Georgia Fawn"-is accurate and as good as you can get with mere words. The listener is truly swept into another place, and that place seems to be the middle of some seriously wet and green deep Southern woods. There are no melodies, no chords, not even anything resembling music as we would recognize it, in the traditional sense. Just what would seem to be a kind of painting with sounds, as closely as I can describe it.

And where I fail in my description, this piece, for which the album was named, succeeds brilliantly. You are taken to this place, and your senses filled with all these sounds that absolutely, and beautifully create the entire atmosphere and setting of that "Afternoon..." And the clincher is that the sounds were all made, not by the inhabitants of the woods themselves, via a field recording mic, but by the musicians on this album. And as far as I know, there was no attempt to duplicate the exact sound of any bird, insect, etc. It is all simply an inspired expression of whatever the people on the recording at that time (Brown, particularly) felt the title suggested to them.

Which brings me back to the meaning of my title for this review, and the things I said in the first paragraph. This is truly the first album I would ever reach for, if I wanted to hear the 'voice of nature' coming out of my stereo in my living room, and in a way that would feel like a more authentic listening experience than what one of the actual 'Environments' CD's I bought from a suburban outlet might really be able to provide.

Finally, I should mention something about the piece called "Djinji's Corner". It is also very abstract, although it does work off some actual 'musical' phrases and ideas, more than its sister piece on the album. It does not hit me as powerfully, though, but that may change over time. What I can say for sure, is that in terms of contrast, it provides a nice foil for "Afternoon..." It balances the album in a way that few pieces, I think, could.

What else can be said? One of those rare albums that came along in my life, and profoundly changed me as a listener.

I hope it will do the same for you.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bag with all the sounds of the woods 1 May 2010
By qwff - Published on Amazon.com
Marion Brown (alto saxophone, zomari, percussion)
Anthony Braxton (alto and soprano saxophones, clarinet, contrabass clarinet, chinese musette, flute, percussion)
Bennie Maupin (tenor saxophone, alto flute, bass clarinet, acorn, bells, wooden flute, percussion)
Chick Corea (piano, bells, gong, percussion)
Andrew Cyrille (percussion)
Jeanne Lee (voice, percussion)
Jack Gregg (bass, percussion)
Gayle Palmoré (voice, piano, percussion)
William Green (top o'lin, percussion)
Billy Malone (african drum)
Larry Curtis (percussion)

A "different" record, that deserves attention. The story: Marion Brown and friends came somehow in possession of a bag containing all the sounds of the woods, and they decide to let it open in your house. The first track is a slow sinking, forgetting everything and awakening between trees. A web of timbres that conjures rural childhood memories. The feeling of a world outside the world, deep calm, voices that speak not for the ears of men. The mysterious, disturbing spell of nature.

The second track almost seems to want to fall back in line as a normal record of free jazz, but what actually happens is that the continual false starts of the band end up creating a rhythmic texture, as if human element was just used by chance to create a pattern that is not a human design. Even the voice that dominates over most of the track, while exploring far and wide the emotions that can be hidden in a human voice, does it in such a deliberate, precise and powerful way to become completely depersonalized, almost frightening at times.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still fresh 27 July 2011
By Ad Arma - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Still fresh, though performed quite a while ago.
Chick Corea in a different role, hardly any latin goldframing and dancing notelines here. Respectfull and serious try to approach something of the power of nature itself.. Very interesting to hear how Marion Brown and his compagnions are trying to re-invent the jazz. And see the names.. all of them are good here..
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