Metamorphosis (World Saxophone Quartet album)

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Studio album by World Saxophone Quartet
Released 1990
Recorded 1990
Genre Jazz
Length 61:32
Label Elektra/Nonesuch
World Saxophone Quartet chronology
Rhythm and Blues
(1990)Rhythm and Blues1990
Moving Right Along
(1992)Moving Right Along1992

Metamorphosis is the tenth album by the jazz group the World Saxophone Quartet. Released in 1990 it was the group's fourth album on the Elektra/Nonesuch label and features performances by Hamiet Bluiett, Arthur Blythe, Oliver Lake and David Murray with Chief Bey, Melvin Gibbs and Mor Thiam. It was the first album recorded by the group after the departure of foundation member Julius Hemphill and their first to feature additional musicians.


The Allmusic review by Brian Olewnick awarded the album 2½ stars, stating, "By their own high standards, Metamorphosis had to be reckoned a disappointment.".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Holy Men" (Bluiett) - 2:48
  2. "Lullaby" (Thiam) - 4:51
  3. "Metamorphosis" (Blythe) - 3:28
  4. "Su Mama Ah Zumu" (Murray, Thiam) - 6:25
  5. "Africa" (Lake) - 8:54
  6. "Ballad For The Blackman" (Murray) - 7:52
  7. "Masai Warrior's Dance" (Bluiett) - 5:14
  8. "Love Like Sisters" (Lake) - 4:07
  9. "Lo Chi Lo" (Murray) -6:57
  10. "Feed The People" (Bluiett) - 10:56



  1. ^ a b Olewnick, B. Allmusic Review accessed July 19, 2011