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Initiation 12:51
N.Y.N.Y. 11:09
The Natural 05:08


jazziz critics' pick top ten recordings 1998
coda magazine writers choice top ten recordings 1998
cadence magazine reviewers' choice top ten recordings 1998

One of the best concerts of 1997 is now one of the best releases of 1998. The fire-breathing Trio Hurricane made one previous album 10 years ago, a tribute to Jimmy Lyons, and hadn't played together since, but at Amherst's annual all-day free jazz fest, FIRE IN THE VALLEY, they picked up where they left off in a set played with life-or-death intensity. The energy level is impressive, but it's the band's rapport and the tight focus, concentration, and discipline that makes the album extraordinary. Spearman's urgency is of Biblical proportions, and his tenor jeremiads of blisteringly fast runs, choppy short phrases, squeals, and white-hot sounds are delivered with righteous wrath that burns like coals. But the intellectual passion balances the emotional power of his solos. 'Blues for John and Frank' and the blistering 'N.Y.N.Y.' are towering, even terrifying performances. Bassist Parker is the most consistently inventive player on any instrument in contemporary free jazz, and he outdoes himself here: his bowed lamentation on 'Tones For William' is a highlight. Murphy is one of the more obscure figures in free jazz, but he deserves more credit for his powerful and responsive trap work. This is an essential document. --Ed Hazell, Boston Phoenix

Grit from the true vein, delivered with a sensuous, pugnacious tenacity that heightens the blood. --Ben Watson, Hi-fi News & Record Review


released September 27, 2018

Paul Murphy: drums
William Parker: bass
Glenn Spearman: tenor saxophone

26 July 1997, Fire In The Valley Festival, Bezanson Recital Hall, UMASS Amherst
producer: Michael Ehlers
engineer: Norman Blain
photography: Michael Wilderman


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