Blues Forever

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Blues Forever
Blues Forever.jpg
Studio album by Muhal Richard Abrams
Released 1982
Recorded 20, 21 and 27 July 1981
Genre Jazz
Length 42:21
Label Black Saint
Producer Giovanni Bonandrini
Muhal Richard Abrams chronology
Blues Forever
Rejoicing with the Light

Blues Forever is an album by Muhal Richard Abrams released on the Italian Black Saint label in 1982 and featuring performances of seven of Abrams compositions by an eleven-member big band.


The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn awarded the album 4 stars stating "Although every arrangement doesn't click, the band successfully romps and stomps through enough cuts to show that the big band sound doesn't just mean "ghost" groups recreating dusty numbers from the 1930s and 1940s".[1] The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide called the album "Abrams crowning achievement".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ancient and Future Reflections" - 6:46
  2. "Du King" (Dedicated to Duke Ellington) - 2:00
  3. "Chambea" - 7:30
  4. "Duet for One World" - 4:53
  5. "Blues Forever" - 9:01
  6. "Cluster for Many Worlds" - 5:02
  7. "Quartet to Quartet" - 7:09
All compositions by Muhal Richard Abrams
    • Recorded July 20, 21 & 27, 1981 at Barigozzi Studio, Milano



  1. ^ a b Wynn, R. Allmusic Review[permanent dead link] accessed 11 July 2011
  2. ^ a b Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 4. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.