GIBSON, JON - SONGS & MELODIES 1973-1977 (2LP)

GIBSON, JON - SONGS & MELODIES 1973-1977 (2LP)

LP (12"/10" Album)

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Label: SUPERIOR VIADUC

Release date: 14/02/2020

Barcode: 0857661008735

Catalog no.: SV0000173

Item ID: 490365

Since the mid-1960s, Jon Gibson has played a key role in the development of American avant-garde music. As a versatile reed player, he has performed with everyone from Steve Reich and Philip Glass to Terry Riley and La Monte Young. In the 1970s, Gibson would emerge as a minimalist composer in his own right and release two exceptional albums, 'Visitations' and 'Two Solo Pieces', on Glass' Chatham Square imprint. 'Songs & Melodies' brings together recordings from 1973 to 1977 (mostly previously unreleased), featuring prominent figures in New York's scene including Arthur Russell, Barbara Benary and Julius Eastman. This double LP collection showcases the breadth of Gibson's expressive range_from introspective piano meditations to cerebral ensemble works_and the subtlety of his radical compositional techniques. The front cover artwork, a hand-drawn diagram by Gibson, originally appeared in the program for a March 1974 concert at Washington Square Church in Greenwich Village. While this concert was not the first to feature the composer exclusively, it would be a pivotal event in Gibson's early career as a composer. Superior Viaduct is honored to present this long overdue archival release that not only documents Gibson's important work, but also a crucial period in NYC musical history.

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