The Hearinga Suite

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The Hearinga Suite
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Studio album by Muhal Richard Abrams
Released 1989
Recorded 17-18 January 1989
Genre Jazz
Length 41:05
Label Black Saint
Producer Muhal Richard Abrams
Muhal Richard Abrams chronology
Colors in Thirty-Third
(1988)Colors in Thirty-Third1988
The Hearinga Suite
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The Hearinga Suite is an album by Muhal Richard Abrams released on the Italian Black Saint label in 1989 and features performances of seven of Abrams compositions by an eighteen-member orchestra. Abrams dedicated the music on the album to Steve McCall and Raphael Donald Garrett.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars stating "Pianist Muhal Richard Abrams leads an 18-piece orchestra on his seven originals that make up the Hearinga Suite. Much of the music is quite adventurous, although "Oldfotalk" is fairly conventional. Although the personnel includes such fine players as trumpeters Jack Walrath and Cecil Bridgewater and saxophonists John Purcell and Marty Ehrlich, the emphasis is on group interplay and the colorful arrangements. Throughout this very interesting set, Abrams shows how a big band can logically be utilized in freer forms of jazz. ".[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3½ stars stating "This marks something of a quantum shift, a move towards something larger and more cohesive. The spirit of Ellington is not far away here".[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. "Hearinga" - 5:11
  2. "Conversations With the Three of Me" - 5:45
  3. "Seesall" - 5:28
  4. "Aura of Thought- Things" - 4:36
  5. "Oldfotalk" - 6:43
  6. "Finditnow" - 6:27
  7. "Bermix" - 6:55
  • Recorded January 17 & 18, 1989 at A & R Recording Studios, New York City



  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed July 11, 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.