NOW, A JAZZ MOMENT...
MUSIC:Got My Mojo Workin' (Muddy Waters)
Muhal Richard Abrams: Chicago was always full of music. Every night there was music somewhere. Muddy Waters, all those kind of people were playing.
NEA JAZZ MASTER MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS...
And I would stand at the door, I was too young to go in, so I would stand at the door. They'd keep the door open in the summertime. So I would just stand there with my mouth wide open listening to them. I had no idea that I would be a musician later. This was very early. But every time I would hear the music it was like a magnet. I would just stand there mesmerized and would wonder what did they know to do that.
WELL, AFTER YEARS OF CAREFUL LISTENING, ANALYSIS, AND PRACTICE, THE LARGELY SELF-TAUGHT ABRAMS DID FIGURE IT OUT... THIS IS BLUES TO YOU...
Blues To You (Muhal Richard Abrams & Marty Ehrlich)
CD: The Open Air Meeting
1997 New World Records
THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH PIANIST AND COMPOSER MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS WAS CREATED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
Muhal Richard Abrams on Chicago