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Dogon A.D. [Limited Edition]

Julius Hemphill Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: International Phonograph, Inc.
  • ASIN: B005H7Q0KU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dogon A.D. (14:30)
2. Rites (8:07)
3. The Painter (15:00)
4. The Hard Blues (20:07)

Editorial Reviews

Considered by many as a true jazz classic, Julius Hemphill's Dogon A. D. is listed by the New York Times as one of the 100 Most Essential Jazz Recordings.

A fundamental statement of a new era in jazz music, Hemphill's performance here avoids the loud, instinctual blowing so many other jazz musicians defaulted to in the early 70s, and instead provides lean instrumentation, blues, funk, and avant-garde chamber jazz. Long out of print on vinyl, and never issued on CD, the 1972 performance is here reissued on CD in limited numbers by International Phonograph Inc. , in a mini LP format that duplicates the original Arista/Freedom vinyl label, cover and liner notes. Remastered from original master tapes for vastly improved sound quality over all previous vinyl pressings, and including as a bonus the monumental twenty minute cut The Hard Blues, recorded at the same February 1972 sessions as the three other tracks on Dogon A. D. but not originally issued on that album (it appeared instead as side two of his other Arista/Freedom album, 'Coon Bid'ness). This is a deluxe limited edition of 1500.

Featured personnel:

Julius Hemphill (alto sax, flute)
Baikida E. J. Carroll (trumpet)
Abdul Wadud (cello)
Philip Wilson (drums)
Hamiet Blueitt (baritone sax on The Hard Blues)  

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential document in jazz history November 7, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I just wanted to add a bit of history to the other reviews. This is the first CD release of a 1972 recording session of four musicians (five on The Hard Blues) that were largely unknown at the time.
The leader was Julius Hemphill on alto sax and flute. He is joined by Baikida E.J. Carroll on trumpet, Abdul Wadud on cello, Phillip Wilson on drums and Hamiett Bluiett on the bari (on The Hard Blues).
It would be hard to exaggerate the importance of this session on the free jazz/creative improv of the time. The only real comparisons are sessions like Roscoe Mitchell's Sound recordings or Braxton's For Alto recordings. In all three cases, the session in question introduced a new aesthetic into the burgeoning vocabulary of the free jazz tradition.

In the case of Dogon A.D. part of the effect was due to the combination of almost a country blues feel with free jazz. This is apparent on the title track and on The Hard Blues (which for reasons of space was only released on the Coon Bid'ness LP that followed later). Part of the effect was instrumentation- the use of Wadud's cello created a whole new sound palette and led to many alto/cello sessions. Part of the effect was due to the sophistication and density of some of the group improvs (Rites) contrasted with the openness (or spareness) of the sound on some of the other tunes. What was apparent with Hemphill from the start was a wide open approach to music- a love of the blues, of the different textures available from the instruments in this group, of complexity and of simplicity. In other words, Hemphill from the start was a complete composer and musician in full exploration of the possibilities.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not DRAG ON. Get it! November 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I had this as a download from some free jazz blog in the internet as it was the only way to listen to this music. Then Marty Ehrlich did a wonderful version of the main title in his also wonderful cd 'Things have got to change'. I have others from Hemphill which are great but this is a special one. It has that 'i don't know what' that only classic recordings usually have. The sparseness of the sound and the particular instrumentation (cello, sax, trumpet and drums) sure help to give this it's uniqueness. Let's just say that if you like Ornette, Ayler, Threadgill, free-yet-composed-jazz, and the likes, you are in for a real treat.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best October 20, 2011
By Kevin
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is my favorite jazz album of the last 40 years.
Amazing composition from Mr. Hemphill and great collective playing from all involved. Sound constructed to tell a story with each song. Space and timing used to maximum effect. I have 2 copies of this on vinyl and now I finally have it on CD. I am so happy, I am singing the title song. Great Music! Amazing players!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dogon A.D. 2011 reissue October 21, 2011
By j. rook
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The folks at International Phonograph deserve thanks not just for making this classic available, but also for taking the care to make sure it has the remastering and packaging it deserves. BEAUTIFUL!
Only 1500 made so get it before its gone.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic October 9, 2010
You should really try to obtain Doggone AD if you can. This came out on Aritsa Freedom in the mid 1970s.

Julius Hemppell here takes a simple but gripping bass riff and improvises with his sax. This sounds basic, but Hemppell has a rough tone, similar to Archie Shepp. He also has an fantastic sense of timing and makes amazing use of space. He is able to take advantage of the simplicity by carving out the cries and swaks of free jazz into sharp shapes. Hypnotic and jarring throughout.

This should definitely be reissued
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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JH, alto sx, flt; Baikida E. J. Carroll, tpt; Abdul Wadud, cello; Phillip Wilson, dr; Hamiett Bluiett, bari sx (on “The Hard Blues”)

Dogon is one of the classic early seventies modernist albums I’ve heard about for ages but never got to listen to. Now Arista has released it again. It’s not cheap but it’s not in the collectibles price range, so I bought it.

It’s as good as I was told it was. Hemphill was the principal composer and arranger for the World Saxophone Quartet until his illness and early death and on this album, as in the WSQ recordings, he shows a gift for inventive melody and unexpected harmonies. He was a very good saxophonist and one of the few truly good flute players in modern jazz –listen to him on “The Painter,” the third cut on this album. Both in tone and ideas, his solo work is a pleasure to listen to. This is essentially a quartet album, although baritonist Bluiett is added for color in the ensemble parts (but no solo) of the last piece, “The Hard Blues.” The other horn is trumpeter Baikida Carroll, an intelligent player who adds color in the ensembles, trades fours and twos with Hemphill on one cut (“Rites”) and delivers first-rate solos on the other three. The drummer is Philip Wilson, best known for his work with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Wilson never played a bad lick in his life: he could drum both modern and standard post-bop, and his drumming always had a kick to it, a bit like Hamid Drake among a younger generation. The fourth player in the quartet is cellist Abdul Wadud, who recorded any number of modernist legends in the 70s and 80s –among them, Leroy Jenkins, Frank Lowe, Muhal Richard Abrams, James Newton, Arthur Blythe, and Anthony Davis.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely classic, and influential on the avant-garde's return to...
Julius Hemphill (1938-1995) was not only an alto saxophonist and flutist, he was a great composer and a visionary. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Autonomeus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by N'Ghandi Hede'
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I owned this when it was issued on lp along other lp's issued on an off shoot label on Arista Freedom /Black Lion with other artist
like Charles Tolliver,Randy Weston. Read more
Published 6 months ago by bigyank61
5.0 out of 5 stars Put it on shelf with Miles, Ornette, Mingus & Trane
It really speaks to me. The resonances connect my journey with our human universe. Opens a new dimension. My favorite album.
Published 9 months ago by S. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it
The other reviewers have said all that needs to be said about this brilliantly stark, haunting combination of avant-garde chamber-music sophistication and angry field-holler stomp. Read more
Published 22 months ago by The Brother
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
Thanks to Kevin Whitehead for reviewing the reissue of this album on CD. Somehow I'd managed to live my life without ever hearing -- or perhaps it is remembering -- Julius... Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by Christine Quiriy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Jazz-Blues Classic, Finally on CD
As if Robert Johnson and Charlie Parker hooked up for a night on the town in Helena. Delta Blues meets Chamber Jazz, as west african griots hold their coats. Read more
Published on December 24, 2011 by RADIO FREE CHIP
5.0 out of 5 stars A musician ahead of his time.
Julius Hemphill was playing and writing music that hasn't even been thought of yet by other musicians. He was so good that God took him home early so he could play for Him.
Published on December 8, 2011 by J. D'Alessio
5.0 out of 5 stars UK 1972 DOGON AD ARRIVES....
i bought the lp directly from julius hemphill in 1972 - musicians flocked to listen to the title track due to its apparent odd time. Read more
Published on December 3, 2011 by Alan Start
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
I have been waiting for a long time to see this album reisssued on CD!!! I had the vynil, to me it is one of the top jazz album ever recorded ....
Pure beauty
Published on November 14, 2011 by ipsofacto
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