Acclaimed musicians and long-time colleagues Mark Harvey and Peter Bloom celebrate the release of their new album, A Rite for All Souls, in a livestream Zoom webinar. Veteran jazz writer Bob Blumenthal will interview Mark and Peter and play excerpts from the CD. Praised as “extraordinary” (New York City Jazz Record), “a potent thing to behold” (AllAboutJazz.com), and “a beautiful historical and musical document” (MusicZoom, Italy), A Rite for All Souls is a long lost recording of 1971 concert by the trail-blazing Mark Harvey Group (Mark Harvey, brasswinds; Peter H. Bloom, woodwinds; and their late colleagues Craig Ellis and Michael Standish, percussion). The original reel-to-reel tapes have been digitally remastered to offer an exquisite audiophile-quality recording (monaural), in a 2-CD set with a booklet of essays and images. The album reaches across nearly 50 years from a time of great social turbulence in the US, taking listeners on an epic journey of discovery and delivering a message of urgency, compassion, and healing that resonates today.
“The new album from The Mark Harvey Group, A Rite for All Souls (Americas Musicworks), captures a seminal live show from 1971…. an indelible recording that characterizes the immediacy of free-jazz protest music at a consequential time in American history. ….The musicians played without notation or preconceived ideas in a collective-improvisation framework they had honed over many performances, ….a release for the times, bringing the free jazz language of social justice to the fore.” - Jon Ross, Ear Relevant