Muhal Richard Abrams/Yolanda Nieves

 

 

 

Muhal Richard Abrams-#1

 

I just decided one day that I wanted to play the piano. It

happened in a funny way. My sister had a music theory book. 

So I picked that book up and decided I was going to learn what all those symbols meant. 

-Muhal Richard Abrams            

National Endowment for the Arts 2010 Interview                            

 

 

The blue music notes celebrate in

slow

 

then fast motion your authority

is action

 

as you create new rhythms in

 

smooth wanderings of sounds

born to a new life

 

so much depends

on the hot

 

perfection of your prayer

 

in unison of brain, fingers,

and breath

 

the moments of truth

rise

 

in cool smoky vibrations

 

Great Divinity emerges from

black and white

 

piano keys illuminating modulations

no one has ever

 

heard before.

 

 

Name Me Some Songs* Muhal!

 

So young at heart

 

while

 

wise in time

with levels and degrees of light

my Afrisong spirals live at Montreux 1978.

 

Blues forever!

 

Mama and Daddy

in the family talk

 

gave me the

 

visibility of thought

one line two views

think all, focus one

 

reiterate in an

 

open air meeting.

The roots of blue

sight song

 

is a

 

spectrum

song for all

things to come from those now gone

 

a

 

vision toward essence

streaming

 

blu, blu, blu.

 

*Names of all his major albums

 

 

Dear Muhal-May the Road to Jazz be Forever Free

 

While governments wage war to

eliminate avante-guard

jazz, sass, and 

the sacred illogicality

of blues

curtailing musicians to

pistol-shot poverty

 

forcing pianos to be silent

while guitars linger in

the blackness of cases

 

hungry

thick-skinned musicians

live on

the dangerous edge of revolution

 

in soulful evolution

 

demanding to give to the world

musical transmissions

an allegiant

worship of the blues

 

jazzing half-note and

full-notes that

rotate on an axis

 

this fire

emerges from

an eclipse burning with

a million heartbeats

 

into existence

 

one soul

for all.

 

 

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