Forgotten Treasures

Brother Ah “Divine Music” (1978-1985, Manufactured Recordings)


via Manufactured Recordings: We’re excited to present this project that has been long in the making: a collection of unreleased albums from Brother Ah.

Following the release of his studio albums in 2016, “Divine Music” brings together three additional albums all unreleased until now: The Sea (1978), Meditation (1981), and Searching (1985). Moving from rich spiritual jazz to more meditative ambience, “Divine Music” further explores Brother Ah‘s unique sound and musical vision.

The renowned French horn player known as Brother Ah (aka Robert Northern) is one of the most prolific and respected musicians in the history of jazz music, with a recorded output spanning more than 40 years. From 1963 to 1971 he lived in New York City, and after a period of increasing interest in non-Western music, visited and studied in Africa (Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania) during seven consecutive summers (1972 -1977). In the 1970s he released several albums as a bandleader; his 1974 release “Sound Awareness” featured Max Roach and M’Boom. These albums were reissued on CD on the Ikef Records label in the 2000s. In addition to horn playing, Northern also branched into percussion and flute performance later in his career. He taught at Dartmouth College from 1970 to 1973, Brown University from 1973 to 1982 and then at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. from 1982.

Northern is also the founder of the World Music Ensemble, a group which explores African, Japanese, Spanish, East Indian, Native American and American musical traditions and the founder of The Sounds of Awareness Ensemble which explores the sounds of nature and music. Now, Brother Ah hosts a weekly jazz oriented radio program, The Jazz Collectors, on station WPFW in Washington.

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