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JON GIBSON

SONGS & MELODIES

SUPERIOR VIADUCT


Format: 2xLPs
Cata No: SV173
Barcode: 857661008735
Since the mid-1960s, Jon Gibson has played a key role
in the development of American avant-garde music. As a
versatile reed player, he has performed with everyone from
Steve Reich and Philip Glass to Terry Riley and La Monte
Young. In the 1970s, Gibson would emerge as a minimalist
composer in his own right and release two exceptional
albums, Visitations and Two Solo Pieces, on Glass’ Chatham
Square imprint.
Songs & Melodies brings together recordings from
1973 to 1977 (mostly previously unreleased), featuring
prominent figures in New York’s scene including Arthur
Russell, Barbara Benary and Julius Eastman. This
double LP collection showcases the breadth of Gibson’s
expressive range—from introspective piano meditations
to cerebral ensemble works—and the subtlety of his
radical compositional techniques.
The front cover artwork, a hand-drawn diagram by
Gibson, originally appeared in the program for a March
1974 concert at Washington Square Church in Greenwich
Village. While this concert was not the first to feature
the composer exclusively, it would be a pivotal event in
Gibson’s early career as a composer.
Superior Viaduct is honored to present this long overdue
archival release that not only documents Gibson’s important
work, but also a crucial period in NYC musical history.

Tracks:

1. Song I
2. Song II
3. Melody
4. Solo For Saxophone
5. Melody IV
6. Melody III
6. Equal Distribution

Press:

Archival release of modern classical
recordings from 1973 to 1977. Featuring Arthur Russell, Barbara Benary
and Julius Eastman.

 

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