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Songs Everlasting: The Don Pullen-George Adams Quartet

Not long after bassist Charles Mingus' death in 1979, three men who had played frequently with him throughout the 1970s began a group of their own.

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Not long after bassist Charles Mingus’ death in 1979, three men who had played frequently with him throughout the 1970s–pianist Don Pullen, tenor saxophonist George Adams, and drummer Dannie Richmond–began a group of their own, adding bassist Cameron Brown. From 1979 to 1988 the quartet recorded 12 albums, but only the last two, Breakthrough and Songs Everlasting, were released domestically, on the Blue Note label. The band’s music, a compelling blend of mainstream bop, blues, soul-jazz, and exploratory outside playing, made it one of the great under-hailed groups of the 1980s.

Watch the Don Pullen-George Adams Quarter perform “Song From the Old Country”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsdaaRgPlwE

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Sun Watchers
Don Pullen-George Adams — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1987)

Notes: Composer: George Adams

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Mr. Smoothie
Don Pullen-George Adams — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1986)

Notes: Composer: George Adams

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Song for the Old Country
Don Pullen-George Adams — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1986)

Notes: Composer: Don Pullen

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We've Been Here All the Time
Don Pullen-George Adams — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1986)

Notes: Composer: Don Pullen. Music bed for break.

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Serenade to Sariah
Don Pullen-George Adams — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1987)

Notes: Composer: George Adams

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Another Reason to Celebrate
Don Pullen-George Adams Quartet — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1987)

Notes: Composer: Don Pullen

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Sing Me a Song Everlasting
Don Pullen-George Adams Quartet — Mosaic Select (Mosaic, 1987)

Notes: Composer: Don Pullen

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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