Duet (Muhal Richard Abrams album)

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Studio album by Muhal Richard Abrams
Released 1981
Recorded 11-12 May 1981
Genre Jazz
Length 44:10
Label Black Saint
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Duet is an album by Muhal Richard Abrams featuring duet performances with Amina Claudine Myers which was released on the Italian Black Saint label in 1981.


Critical views of the album have been mixed. The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn states "This was an intense, yet also swinging, enjoyable session, one in which Abrams displayed the mastery of multiple genres that's distinguished his music, and Myers her distinctive mix of secular and spiritual elements".[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 2½ stars stating "Retrospect hasn't changed our view that the two pianists simply get in each other's way".[2]The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide called the album "a surprisingly lyrical and diverse encounter".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 2.5/4 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Muhal Richard Abrams except as indicated

  1. "Transparency of Lobo Lubu" - 9:55
  2. "Miss Amina" - 7:42
  3. "Swang Rag Swang" - 4:30
  4. "Down the Street from the Gene Ammons Public School" - 5:05
  5. "Journey Home as Seen Through the Fairness of Life" - 6:49
  6. "Dance from the East" (Amina Claudine Myers) - 6:00
  7. "One for Peggy" (Abrams, Myers) - 4:09
  • Recorded May 11 & 12, 1981 at Barigozzi Studio, Milano



  1. ^ a b Wynn, R. Allmusic Review accessed 1 April 2009
  2. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4. 
  3. ^ a b Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 4. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.