Julius Hemphill* ‎– 'Coon Bid'ness

Arista ‎– AL 1012, Freedom ‎– AL 1012
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Reflections 2:30
A2 Lyric 7:24
A3 Skin 1 10:07
A4 Skin 2 2:28
B The Hard Blues
Drums – Philip Wilson*Engineer – Oliver SainProducer – Julius Hemphill*Trumpet – Baikida E. J. Carroll*

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Side A recorded on January 29,1975 at C.I. Studios, New York City.
Side B recorded in February 1972 at Archway Studios, St. Louis, Missouri.

'The Hard Blues' is a previously unreleased track from the recording sessions for Hemphill's "Dogon A.D." album.
Hamiet Bluiett misspelled as Hameit Bluiett for Side B

For a similar release with different runout / pressing plant, see here.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped - Variants 1 & 2): AL-1012A 1C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped - Variant 1): AL-1012B 2C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped - Variant 2): AL-1012B 2B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A & B runout, hand-etched): CTH IT

Other Versions (5 of 11) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FLP 41012 Julius Hemphill* 'Coon Bid'ness(LP, Album) Freedom FLP 41012 UK 1979 Sell This Version
AL 1012 Julius Hemphill* 'Coon Bid'ness(LP, Album) Arista, Freedom AL 1012 US 1975 Sell This Version
AL 1012 Julius Hemphill* 'Coon Bid'ness(LP, Album, Promo, Ter) Arista, Freedom AL 1012 US 1975 Sell This Version
CD 741028 Julius Hemphill* 'Coon Bid'ness(CD, Album, RE) Freedom CD 741028 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
741012-2 Julius Hemphill* Reflections(CD, Album, RE) Freedom 741012-2 US 1995 Sell This Version



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September 24, 2020
edited 2 months ago

This is an incredible album from one of the most unique and powerful alto players in jazz, who certainly deserves more recognition for his amazing talents, in my opinion. His style defies comparison.The side long composition "The Hard Blues" is one of my favorite cuts from the free jazz movement of the 60's and 70's. His alto solo is mesmerising and inspires his bandmates to also explore new heights throughout this riveting track. There is, however, a glitch in the recording of this song which makes it almost unlistenable through headphones. If you have recording software I would recommend re-recording it in mono or better yet mixing some upper mid range into both channels, which overcomes the problem while maintaining some stereo imagery. It's shameful that record companies changed the title of the album in later re-releases.