Pianist Muhal Richard Abrams
leads an 18-piece orchestra on his seven originals that make up the Hearinga Suite
. Much of the music is quite adventurous, although "Oldfotalk" is fairly conventional. Although the personnel includes such fine players as trumpeters Jack Walrath
and Cecil Bridgewater
and saxophonists John Purcell
and Marty Ehrlich
, the emphasis is on group interplay and the colorful arrangements. Throughout this very interesting set, Abrams
shows how a big band can logically be utilized in freer forms of jazz.