Breath Rhyme

Breath Rhyme is an album by American jazz saxophonist Rob Brown recorded in 1989 and released on the Swedish Silkheart label.

Breath Rhyme
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Studio album by
RecordedApril 28 & 29, 1989
StudioSound on Sound, New York
Length47:14 (LP)
65:32 (CD)
ProducerRob Brown
Rob Brown chronology
Sonic Explorations
Breath Rhyme


After his debut album co-led with pianist Matthew Shipp, Sonic Explorations, which was privately recorded and then sold, this was his first real studio date. It features a trio with bassist William Parker and drummer Denis Charles playing all original Brown compositions. Parker and Charles had worked together a lot before, with Jemeel Moondoc and some other bands. Brown first played with Parker in a trio with drummer Frank Bambara in 1987. He put together the trio with Parker and Charles for a gig at the Knitting Factory the same year.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz    [4]

In his review for AllMusic, Scott Yanow says about the trio that "is a throwback in ways to the intense projects recorded by the ESP label in the 1960s, but it is also more modern, looking toward Cecil Taylor."[3]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz states "Brown first record looked back to the frantic avant-gardism of the '60s and forward to a new, third way approach which combine that freedom and radicalism of purpose with a more melodic and expressive idiom."[4]

The Cadence Magazine review by Carl Baugher says about the album that "It makes a strong case for Brown's place amongst today's better alto improvisers and is another unqualified winner for Silkheart".[1]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Rob Brown
  1. "Firewalk" – 10:50
  2. "Stillness" – 5:58
  3. "Breath Rhyme" – 7:31
  4. "PB" – 10:47
  5. "The Light" – 4:47
  6. "Beehive" – 11:33
  7. "Awake" – 7:28
  8. "Escape Velocity" – 6:38
3 & 4 does not appear on original LP



  1. ^ a b Breath Rhyme at Silkheart
  2. ^ William Parker Sessionography by Rick Lopez
  3. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Rob Brown – Breath Rhyme: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 186. ISBN 0-14-103401-7.