Nonaah

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Nonaah
Studio album by Roscoe Mitchell
Released 1977
Recorded August 23, 1976, January 15, 17 & 22, & February 22, 1977
Genre Jazz
Label Nessa
Producer Chuck Nessa
Roscoe Mitchell chronology
Roscoe Mitchell Quartet
(1976)
Nonaah
(1977)
Duets
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Nonaah is a double album recorded in 1976-77 by Roscoe Mitchell. It was originally released on the Nessa label in 1977 and features solo, duo, trio and quartet performances by Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, Malachi Favors Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, Henry Threadgill, Joseph Jarman, and Wallace McMillan. The 2008 double CD reissue added five unreleased saxophone solos to the album.

Reception[edit]

The 2008 All About Jazz review by Clifford Allen states “Nonaah is extraordinarily confrontational music--it presents instrument, composer and materials in a profoundly naked light. Perhaps more important than opening up one's preconceptions about the saxophone, it also complicates the AACM aesthetic.”[2]

Track listing[edit]

Original Double LP:

  • Side One
  1. "Nonaah" - 21:52
  • Side Two
  1. "Ericka" - 7:57
  2. "Nonaah" - 1:15
  3. "Off Five Dark Six" - 6:26
  4. "A1 Tal 2La" - 8:44
  • Side Three
  1. "Tahquemnon" - 5:47
  2. "Improvisation 1" - 12:53
  • Side Four
  1. "Ballad" - 4:46
  2. "Nonaah" - 17:34
  • "Side One and Two tracks 1-2 recorded live on 23 August 1976 in Willisau, Switzerland (solo concert). Side Two track 3 and Side Three track 1 recorded on 17 January 1977 in Chicago, IL. Side Two track 4 and Side Four track 1 recorded on 22 February 1977 in Chicago, IL. Side Three track 2 recorded live on 15 January 1977 at Mapenzi, Berkeley, CA (solo concert). Side Four track 2 recorded on 22 January 1977 in Chicago, IL.

The 2008 CD reissue added the following saxophone solos as bonus tracks:

  • "Sing" - 6:15
  • "Improvisation 2" - 3:44
  • "Sing" - 7:42
  • "Chant - 9:14
  • "Off Five Dark Six" - 7:23
All compositions by Roscoe Mitchell

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Allen, C. Roscoe Mitchell: Nonaah, September 28, 2008.