Family Talk

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Family Talk
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Studio album by Muhal Richard Abrams
Released 1993
Recorded 26–27 February & 1 March 1993
Genre Jazz
Length 72:05
Label Black Saint
Producer Flavio Bonandrini
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Family Talk is an album by Muhal Richard Abrams released on the Italian Black Saint label in 1993 and features performances of six of Abrams compositions by Abrams, Jack Walrath, Patience Higgins, Brad Jones, Warren Smith and Reggie Nicholson.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars stating "This CD has such intriguing writing by Muhal Richard Abrams for his sextet that the group sounds like an orchestra at times... This is one of Muhal Richard Abrams' better-known combo sessions."[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3½ stars calling it "A fine record which transcends individual contributions".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3.5/4 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Muhal Richard Abrams

  1. "Meditation 1" - 4:35
  2. "Drumbutu" - 17:21
  3. "DizBirdMonkBudMax (A Tribute)" - 15:48
  4. "FamilyTalk" - 13:47
  5. "Illuso" - 15:15
  6. "Sound Image of the Past, Present and Future" - 5:19
  • Recorded February 26–27 & March 1, 1993 at Sear Sound, New York City



  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed 11 July 2011
  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. 6. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.