Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Phill Musra Update

Well, Ni Kantu might just be for reedman Phill Musra like what Hat Hut was for Joe McPhee in the '70s, but by my own estimation that's perfectly all right. Phill has been kind enough to hip us to a couple more YouTube videos of his recent work, both of which include the stunning tune "Egypt," which originally appeared on the Creator Spaces LP (Intex, 1974).

Here is a gorgeous solo flute rendition:

And here he is with his trio:

For what it is worth, I've always been a little leery of the moniker "Spiritual Jazz" to describe a music for which only one part of it is spiritual as such. There's always a lot more going on than "merely" the spirit. But if one is looking for a definition of the spiritual in improvised music, Phill's music - along with artists like Pharoah Sanders and the later Coltrane - is certainly just that. Enjoy.


  1. Oooowee ! so good
    Thanks for the heads up Clifford

  2. Ain't it, though?

    I hope this trio releases some music on CD soon, though You Tube is probably as good an outlet as any.