Coon Bid'ness

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Coon Bid'ness
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Studio album by Julius Hemphill
Released 1975
Recorded January 29, 1975; C.I. Studios, New York City except "The Hard Blues" February 1972
Genre Jazz, Avant-garde jazz
Length 42:36
Label Arista
Producer Michael Cuscuna
Julius Hemphill chronology
Dogon A.D.
Coon Bid'ness
Live in New York

Coon Bid'ness is an album released by Julius Hemphill in 1975 on Arista featuring performances by Hemphill, Baikida Carroll, Abdul Wadud, Phillip Wilson, Arthur Blythe, Barry Altschul and Daniel Zebulon. The final track, "The Hard Blues," was recorded at the same recording session as Hemphill's debut album Dogon A.D.. After Hemphill's death in 1995, Freedom Records re-released the album as a CD under the name Reflections.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars stating "The music throughout is quite avant-garde but differs from the high-energy jams of the 1960s due to its emphasis on building improvisations as a logical outgrowth from advanced compositions. It's well worth several listens.".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Julius Hemphill

  1. "Reflections" – 2:30
  2. "Lyric" – 7:24
  3. "Skin, No. 1" – 10:07
  4. "Skin, No. 2" – 2:28
  5. "Hard Blues" – 20:07


Tracks 1-4:

Track 5:

  • Julius Hemphill – alto saxophone, flute
  • Baikida Carroll – trumpet
  • Hamiet Bluiett - baritone saxophone
  • Abdul Wadud – cello
  • Phillip Wilson - drums


  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed July 12, 2011