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Unity, A Retrospective

by Byron Morris and Unity

On this CD, each musician seems to be a root connected to the same tree... Unity, A Retrospective... A revelation... A musical Joy to the ears and the imagination... Enjoy!!! The music on "Unity, A Retrospective is full of Adventure!!! Kenny Barron,
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Sunshower
4:54 album only
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2. Eyewitness News Bluze
3:19 album only
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3. Goodbye Pork Pie hat
4:47 album only
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4. Entrenched in the Blues
3:00 album only
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5. Lay it on the Line
3:03 album only
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6. Ball's Groove
11:15 album only
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7. ERAA
3:57 album only
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8. Suite to Rahsaan Roland Kirk (Interlude#1)
2:32 album only
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9. Suite to Rahsaan Roland Kirk (Interlude#2)
1:00 album only
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10. Suite to Rahsaan Roland Kirk (interlude#3)
1:36 album only
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11. Lonely Woman
10:15 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Unity: a condition of harmony, oneness, and accord

As one becomes immersed with the music in this recording, one can’t help but sense the organic quality and the oneness of the music. One also gets a feel for the eclecticism that took place in the 1970’s.

“Sunshower” is such an appropriate opener because “Unity, A Retrospective” is showered with sunbeams from start to finish. Byron has always stated that ‘one must know the Blues in order to play this music.’ This is very evident in this recording because it is totally entrenched in the Blues.

In today’s musical world where most musicians approach the music from the cerebral, here we have a group that plays from the soul with an unpretentious style.

Each soloist renders sincere and concrete ideas. Byron’s tone throughout is robust and his solos are heartfelt. His solo on “Lonely Woman” is relentless, and in your face. This is some of his best free playing and somewhat reminiscent of Eric Dolphy. While we are on “Lonely Woman”, listen to Hakim Jami’s playing. His use chords and double stops, his intimate accompaniment behind the soloist and his notable approach on his bass solo. On “Suite to Rahsaan”, Byron pays tribute to his friend and mentor with his flute in a very traditional way with shadings of ethnicity.

Vince McEwan executes his solos with a well rounded tone and beautiful lyricism. What else can be said that hasn’t already been said about Jay Clayton’s vocal approach? She is and has been a distinct voice in jazz, check out her offering on “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”. Also, check-out her unique concept on “ERAA”; and let’s not overlook Frank Clayton on “ERAA”. His powerful bass playing is relentless in gluing this tune at such a brutal tempo. Another great contributor of solos and ensemble playing is Cedric Lawson. He and the members of the rhythm section glue each and every groove and swing with great conviction. Don Pate’s bass playing is lush and full with powerful rhythm. Each musician seems to be a root connected to the same tree; and that tree being the musical outcome of this retrospective and unique recording.

In listening to this offering one can truly feel the essence of UNITY!

ENJOY!!

Pepe Gonzalez, October 2010


TO LIVE IS A BLESSING; TO LOVE IS A BLESSING, TO REALIZE A DREAM IS A BLESSING.

THE OPPORTUNITY TO NUTURE AND CULTIVATE A VISION THAT WILL ULTIMATELY EFFECT MANY PEOPLE THROUGH THE IDIOM OF MUSIC, IS A BLESSING.
TO BE USED BY GOD AS A VESSEL FOR HIS WORD IS A PRIVILEDGE THAT ONLY A FEW ARE AFFORDED.

BYRON MORRIS HAD THAT VISION, AND BECAME A BLESSING TO HIS MUSICAL BROTHERS AND SISTERS BY FUSING TOGETHER THE TALENTS OF A GROUP OF MUSICIANS WHO SHARED BYRON'S LOVE OF JAZZ, RHYTHM & BLUES, AND SOULFUL LATIN & FUNK TO CREATE A MUSICAL MASTERPIECE.

UNITY ....A WORD THAT ENCAPSULATES THE SPIRIT OF THE MUSICIANS WHO PARICIPATED AND CONTRIBUTED OVER THREE DECADES OF MUSIC FOR THE PURPOSE OF HEALING PEOPLE, BLESSING PEOPLE AND LOVING PEOPLE THROUGH MUSIC. BYRON MORRIS GAVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE A VISIONARY AND JOIN HIM IN HIS MUSICAL JOURNEY.
FOR THIS, I AM ETERNALLY GRATEFUL. I THANK MY MUSICAL FAMILY, SOME IN SPIRIT AND SOME WHO REMAIN, FOR THE CHANCE TO CONTRIBUTE. MOST HUMBLY, I THANK THE CREATOR FOR LOVING ME SO MUCH THAT HE PUT ME IN THE POSITION TO RECEIVE HIS BLESSINGS.

UNITY..... A RETROSPECTIVE..... A BLESSING... BE BLESSED!!!

David Fuller
October 2010



Byron Morris and Unity is a spirited ensemble in every sense of that word. They exemplify the brand of adventure, tempered with reverence for the tradition that permeated the jazz ranks during the 1970s, yet this compilation maintains a contemporary freshness.
- Willard Jenkins, The Independent Ear

"Unity was one of the very first groups that considered me a member, and not just the singer with the band. The music is high energy, yet spiritual, with a real family feel. I look forward to a musical "Reunion" in the near future!!!"
Love, Jay Clayton

Fun performances abound here. On Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,” vocalist Jay Clayton lets her voice wrap around the lyric, Morris channels some Lester Young juju and Adler splashes bluesy piano colors. Unity pianist Cedric Lawson’s “Ball’s Groove,” recorded live, gives McEwan and Morris a deep-pocketed palette for tributes to the song’s namesake, Julian “Cannonball” Adderly. Morris and Clayton get hot freakouts going on Morris’ “ERAA,” with drummer Tyrone Walker and bassist Frank Clayton steadily driving the hyper-tempo swing.

Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times



"Unity, A Retrospective is quite the jazz history lesson..."

Mark Keresman, Jazz Inside Magazine (March 2011)


"Great compilation. Every cut is superb. That's what makes this a SPECIAL release."

Michael J. Gourrier
Jazz Director WRIR-FM
Richmond, VA

Unity has a trademark sound that’s unmistakable. It’s straight ahead jazz at its best!!!

M. Y. Poindexter
Silver Spring, MD

As both creative musician and organizer of talent-filled ensembles, Byron Morris has been a mainstay on the Washington, D.C., jazz scene for four decades. His bands and the recording sessions for their albums have served as veritable schools of music for the many musicians who have passed through them. Contributing to his "Unity: A Retrospective" (By-Mor Music) are such notable artists as singer Jay Clayton, pianist Cedric Lawson, the late trumpeter Vincent McEwan, bassists Don Pate and Frank Clayton, the late drummer Tyrone Walker, percussionist Abu Sharif, and leader Byron Morris on alto and tenor saxophones and flute. Unity: A Retrospective displays the collective teamwork that characterizes jazz at its best while showcasing the virtuosity and individuality of its musicians.

W. Royal Stokes, author of "Growing Up With Jazz":

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