Free and Equal

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Free and Equal
Free and Equal.jpg
Live album by John Surman
Released 2003
Recorded June 2001
Venue Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Genre Jazz
Length 67:03
Label ECM
ECM 1802
Producer Manfred Eicher
John Surman chronology
Invisible Nature
Free and Equal
Rain on the Window
Jack DeJohnette chronology
Invisible Nature
Free and Equal
Music in the Key of Om

Free and Equal is a live album by English saxophonist John Surman featuring American drummer Jack DeJohnette and the London Brass recorded in Queen Elizabeth Hall in London in 2001 and released on the ECM label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Alain Drouot awarded the album 3½ stars stating "Free and Equal finds its place somewhere between John Surman's past collaborations with Jack DeJohnette and his Brass Project with composer Peter Warren. Less atmospheric than the duos with the drummer and less jazzy than the latter, it still bears the inimitable stamp of the British reed player. It harks back to his pastoral and even medieval leanings and his arranging skills certainly capture the spotlight, his lyrical and often fragile compositions soaring with incredible grace".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Surman.

  1. "Preamble" – 4:11
  2. "Groundwork" – 9:33
  3. "Sea Change" – 10:14
  4. "Back and Forth" – 11:51
  5. "Fire" – 6:47
  6. "Debased Line" – 5:02
  7. "In the Shadow" – 6:56
  8. "Free and Equal" – 8:47
  9. "Epilogue" – 3:42



  1. ^ ECM discography accessed October 6, 2011
  2. ^ a b Drouot, A. Allmusic Review accessed October 6, 2011