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Music of Dogon A.D., The
A Critical Edition

Composer: Hemphill, Julius

  • 90920170

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Score & Part(s)


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Critical Edition edited by Marty Ehrlich

Dogon A.D.
The Painter
The Hard Blues

In 1972, Julius Hemphill brought a quartet into a studio in St. Louis, Mo, to record four compositions for release on his own Mbari label. This recording, Dogon A.D. introduces Hemphill's brilliant composing and dynamic alto saxophone playing to a wider world, facilitated by its release in 1976 on Arista Freedom records. Dogon A.D. is one of the most critically acclaimed recordings of its decade. .  (The composition The Hard Blues is recorded the same day, and finds its release on Hemphill’s first Arista/Freedom recording, “Coon Bid’Ness”(1975).

Hemphill returns to these compositions throughout his career, expanding them with new parts and new orchestrations. This edition presents the range of compositional work Hemphill did with them in the small jazz ensemble context. Each piece is playable with the original sax/trumpet/cello/drums instrumentation, with guitars, bass, and other instruments added depending on the work. 

Instrumentation: asx, tpt, vibr, 2gtr, vc, cb, drs
Composed: 1970
Published by: Subito Music Publishing
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