Utterance (album)

Utterance is an album by American jazz saxophonist Glenn Spearman with drummer John Heward, which was recorded in 1990 but not issued until 1999 by Cadence Jazz.[1]

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Studio album by
Glenn Spearman & John Heward
RecordedOctober 28, 1990
StudioSilent Sound, Montreal
LabelCadence Jazz
ProducerBob Rush
Glenn Spearman chronology
Night After Night
Mystery Project


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz    [3]

In his review for AllMusic, Steve Loewy says about the album that "it is a significant part of the saxophonist's discography in that it reveals his clear debt to fellow saxophonist Frank Wright and offers the chance to hear Spearman develop long solos with minimal distraction."[2]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz notes "The Coltrane influence is still there, but it has been subsumed into something altogether more linear."[3]

The JazzTimes review by Duck Baker says "The measured pace is certainly an intelligent response to the sax-percussion instrumentation, in which the temptation is to fill up the space instead of letting it become part of things as it does here."[4]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Spearman / Heward

  1. "Tongues" – 27:59
  2. "The Solidification of Fires" – 15:30
  3. "Summoning Voices" – 12:43



  1. ^ Glenn Spearman discography by Rick Lopez
  2. ^ a b Loewy, Steve. Glenn Spearman – Utterance: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2002). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (6th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 1370. ISBN 0140515216.
  4. ^ Baker, Duck Utterance review at JazzTimes