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Life & Times of Malcolm X

Anthony Davis Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 18, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Gramavision
  • ASIN: B000003223
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture
2. Act I Scene I
3. Africa for Africans
4. Louise's Aria
5. A man was on the tracks
6. Social Worker & Ensemble
7. Child's Aria
8. Ella's Aria
9. The Pool Hall
10. The Dance Hall
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Malcolm who have you been
2. We have been blind
3. Allahu-Akbar
4. Garvey Preacher & Ensemble
5. Where are we now brothers
6. We are a nation
7. Chickens come home to roost
8. Betrayal is on his lips
9. As-Salaam-Alaikum
10. Betty's Aria (Betty)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As a performer on the album, I think this is a accurate December 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
As a performer, who actually recorded the project, I think the album gives a minimal picture of the actual excitement which occured the actual times this was performed on stage.
The Fruit of Islam in regalia at City Opera and the applause received in this production's infantry was like no other pathos I've experienced.
Performances by Priscilla Baskerville as Ella (Malcolm's Mother) is still haunting, the Choruses ("We are a nation") are still thrilling and just the overall storytelling aspect is both educational for our younger (Hip Hop generation), even though they may not be music buffs, they'll get the story.
Combinations of Classical, Minnimalism and Jazz permeate in a stylistic way that can be captured by no one else like Anthony Davis.
I, on a personal level, found this project a great achievment and I hope you'll hear the concept as it started with Mr. Davis' 13 piece group (Epistome) and grew to a full Orchestra!
The CD is hard to find, so Unless there are other projects in the works to re-record this need to go ahead and get this one!
Cornelius White,
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great American Opera April 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Though unfortunately little known Davis' "X" is a very listenable and exciting score. I was privileged to hear a concert staging of excerpts at the Chicago Humanities festival in 1992. This deserves to be back in print and, hopefully, staged again. The music is jazz-inflected and very much in the fabric of American nationalist composers such as Bernstein and Copland. Get this if you can find it and play it for others. It deserves to be heard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
X is a landmark, a masterpiece of American Opera Theater.
Premiered to great acclaim in 1986 by New York City Opera, X richly details the life and death of one of the most talked about iconic figures in American politics of the 1960s.

Anthony Davis' X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X is without question one of the greatest achievements of late 20th Century American Opera.

No American Opera of the last 60 years has so brilliantly interwoven social themes of critical contemporary importance, richly hewn drama and masterfully innovative music as is found in X.

With an extraordinary libretto by Thulani Davis, X is a tour de force work of sheer contemporary brilliance.

Davis' score is richly complex and multi layered with jazz, African poly rhythms enveloped in late 20th Century classical music idioms. The vocal writing is exquisite in its intricate detailed use of block scoring with an effect recalling the power of Verdi opera Ensembles.

The Arias, Duets and Ensemble writing is matched with an immediacy and depth in the words and text which touches the soul and begs for repeat listening and post listening discussions of the themes and topics which have been sung.

More poignantly, X is ....Now... with searing relevance for 2014 speaking directly to an American Nation at a crossroads in confronting Race Relations,Social Justice and the discussion of The Civil Rights Movement legacies:Equal Rights and The Voting Rights Act of 1965. Note, the scene in Act 2 titled Policeman speaks directly to the experience of young black men like Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis to issues of racial profiling and worse.

Amazing clairvoyance.... Brilliant performances and outstanding recording and engineering

Written by Bill Doggett [...]
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