A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe

A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe is a solo album by English saxophonist John Surman recorded in 1994 and released on the ECM label.[1]

A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe
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Studio album by
Released1995
RecordedOctober 1994 (1994-10)
GenreJazz
Length72:51
LabelECM
ProducerManfred Eicher
John Surman chronology
Nordic Quartet
(1994)
A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe
(1995)
Proverbs and Songs
(1997)

ReceptionEdit

The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings included the album in its suggested “core collection” of essential recordings.[2]

The Allmusic review by Stacia Proefrock awarded the album 4½ stars, stating, "John Surman is an artist with an amazing range and depth of style, from contemporary classical to jazz to electronic music. In few places is this more evident than on A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe, on which Surman acts as a sort of one-man wind chamber ensemble... Elements of modern composition, jazz, and European folk can be heard throughout and the mood is one of reflection and wintry quiet. Overall, this is one of Surman's most daring and yet most successful projects to date".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings    [2]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by John Surman.

  1. "First Light" – 2:45
  2. "Countless Journeys" – 7:34
  3. "A Monastic Calling" – 5:55
  4. "Druid's Circle" – 2:46
  5. "'Twas But Piety" – 7:23
  6. "Three Aspects" – 2:53
  7. "The Long Narrow Road" – 2:51
  8. "Wayfarer" – 9:31
  9. "The Far Corners" – 6:37
  10. "An Image" – 1:25

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ECM discography Archived 2012-09-07 at the Wayback Machine accessed October 4, 2011
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 1365. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  3. ^ a b Proefrock, S. Allmusic Review accessed October 4, 2011