Sum of the Parts

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Sum of the Parts
Sum of the Parts.jpg
Studio album by Ed Summerlin
Released 1998
Genre Avant-garde jazz, Free jazz
Label Ictus
Ed Summerlin chronology
Still At It
(1994)Still At It1994
Sum of the Parts
Eye on the Future
(1999)Eye on the Future1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[1]

Sum of the Parts is an album by tenor saxophonist/composer-arranger Ed Summerlin, released in 1998 on the Ictus label.


Los Angeles Times reviewer, and Summerlin's onetime bandmate,Don Heckman,[a] gave the album 3 stars and paid tribute to his erstwhile collaborator.

Veteran tenor saxophonist-composer Ed Summerlin has been effectively venturing through the jazz avant-garde for more than three decades. "Sum of the Parts" displays the complexities and inherent swing in his dissonant, contrapuntal music. Resonant with influences from George Russell and Ornette Coleman, it nonetheless comes together as one of the genuinely individual voices in the arena of exploratory jazz.[1]

Track listing[edit]


  • Bruce Ahrens – trumpet
  • Ron Finck – alto saxophone
  • Ed Summerlin – tenor saxophone
  • Tony Marino – bass
  • Joe Chambers – drums

All personnel information accessed via[3]


  1. ^ Starting in 1964, the two had co-led the Improvisational Jazz Workshop, a group which performed frequently and produced one eponymous album in 1967.[2] Heckman also played on Summerlin's subsequent album, Ring Out Joy, released in 1969.


  1. ^ a b Heckman, Don. "Not Easy Listening, Rewarding Listening". The Los Angeles Times. January 3, 1999. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
  2. ^ "Improvisational Jazz Workshop". Jazz & Pop Volume 7. 1968. Retrieved 2013-03-30.
  3. ^ "Sum of the Parts". The Jazz loft. Retrieved 2013-03-30.