This Happening

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This Happening
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 10, 1997
LabelJustin Time
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]

This Happening is an album by pianist Jaki Byard and multi-instrumentalist Michael Marcus.


This was Marcus's second album for Justin Time Records.[2]

Recording and music[edit]

Of the nine tracks, seven are originals.[2] Marcus mostly plays saxello and stritch (types of straight saxophone) on the album.[1] On the "Giant Steps" and "Naima" medley, he plays bass clarinet.[1]


The album was released by Justin Time on June 10, 1997.[3]


The AllMusic reviewer commented that Byard had a largely supporting role, so "although this CD will probably be quite important in the discography of Michael Marcus, it is just a footnote, a lost opportunity, in Jaki Byard's career."[1] The JazzTimes reviewer praised Marcus's tone on the rarely played saxophones.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Earth Beings / 3=4" – 5:58
  2. "This Happening" – 6:05
  3. "Kelso Tracks South" – 4:00
  4. "Giant Steps / Naima" – 6:27
  5. "Steppin' Down with Jaki" – 6:50
  6. "The Cry for Peace" – 5:32
  7. "The Continuum" – 4:29
  8. "Kelso Tracks North" – 3:14
  9. "Darn That Dream" – 6:41



  1. ^ a b c d Yanow, Scott "Jaki Byard / Michael Marcus – This Happening". AllMusic. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Sohmer, Jack (October 1, 1997) "Michael Marcus Meets Jaki Byard: This Happening". JazzTimes.
  3. ^ "This Happening". Justin Time Records. Retrieved May 30, 2017.