Worshippers Come Nigh

Worshippers Come Nigh is the fourth album led by saxophonist Charles Brackeen which was recorded in 1987 and released on the Swedish Silkheart label.[1][2]

Worshippers Come Nigh
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Studio album by
RecordedNovember 29, 1987
StudioOmega Audio, Dallas, TX
LabelSilkheart SHLP 111
ProducerDennis González
Charles Brackeen chronology
Worshippers Come Nigh


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz    [4]
LA Times    [5]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz notes ""Worhippers on Nigh" is as exciting a jazz piece as any in the catalogue, underpinned by Hopkin's fine touch and Cyrille's percussion".[4] In his review for AllMusic, Scott Yanow states "All of the Silkheart sets are worth picking up, but this one (due to its extra intensity and the five particularly strong Brackeen originals) gets a slight edge. Brackeen's passionate playing shows that free jazz was still very much alive (if underground) in the 1980s".[3] In the Los Angeles Times Don Snowden wrote "No one has shone brighter than veteran saxophonist Charles Brackeen in the excellent series presenting "the new American jazz" from Sweden's Silkheart label. The compositions onWorshippers Come Nigh, Brackeen's third album taken from a 1987 session in Dallas, follow a simple pattern—brief unison readings of the themes and then off on extended, free-wheeling improvisations. But with Olu Dara's tart, pithy cornet giving a wild and woolly edge to Brackeen's spiritual tenor tone, drummer Andrew Cyrille's canny propulsion and bassist Fred Hopkins ranging through the sound like an All-Star center fielder, the results are uniformly heady and invigorating"[5]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Charles Brackeen.

  1. "Worshippers Come Nigh" – 7:51
  2. "Bannar" – 8:06
  3. "Tiny Town" – 9:00
  4. "Ible" – 10:51
  5. "Cing Kong" – 10:28
  6. "Newsstand" [Take 1] – 9:16 Bonus track on CD release



  1. ^ Silkheart Records catalog, accessed February 11, 2017
  2. ^ Jazzlists: Silkheart records discography, accessed February 11, 2017
  3. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Worshippers Come Nigh – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (1996). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (3rd ed.). London: Penguin. p. 155. ISBN 0-14-051368-X.
  5. ^ a b Snowden, D., Los Angeles Times Review, accessed February 11, 2017