A Note from Your Mad Discographer:

      I’ve been deeply involved in the arts since the mid-’70s, but I’ve never known how to monetize my talents. I’ve never had a hint
      of financial savvy; I am—like a clueless child—almost entirely dependent at the age of 69 on next week’s pay-check; and I am
      “unaffiliated” and on my own here. I also get constant feedback from people all over the world who’ve been telling me lo these
      many decades that the work I do is invaluable... And so I’m reaching out.
      There are expenses I constantly struggle to meet: website hosting, an Adobe account for the software that makes the website
      and book layouts possible, subscriptions to newspaper archives, and numerous other expenses. Then there are the absurd number
      of hours I feel compelled to spend gathering and organizing and formatting the information that I find.
      I receive a Social Security check that meets just about half of my living expenses, and I drive a tiny school bus part-time for
      a daycare center that barely covers the rest. So if you appreciate the work that I do and are willing and able to help a boy out
      with any amount, either one-time or monthly, I would be most grateful. —RL





The
Glenn Spearman
Sessionography


(February 14, 1947 - October 8, 1998)





A work in progress
by Rick Lopez.


Document begun September 26, 2000

UPDATES


(And extensive reformatting,
done now through December dates of 1997
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The companion Marco Eneidi Discography.


“It’s one continuous push to bring beauty into a world of madness and frustration.” —Glenn Spearman




Session List :::

All sessions linked below are to detailed entries for recorded media.
AR = Private or Audience Recording / BR = Broadcast Recording
AVR = Private or Audience Video / BVR = Broadcast Video / SB = Soundboard Recording
All Archival Recordings are AUDIO, unless stated otherwise.

Also listed in chronological order within this sessionography and its session entries are play-dates with no known recorded media.
I would appreciate notice of any club dates, concert dates, festival dates, etcetera, that are not listed here.
Please include reference information (i.e. periodical name, issue date, page number), along with any and all relevant details.



  • 72.00.00 / Emergency: Homage to Peace (America Records)
  • 73.06.15 / Bob REID: The Best of Emergency (Kwela Records)
  • 77.07.12 to 07.23 / Incident: Incident (Coreco)
  • 78.04.11 / Raphé Malik Quartet [BR] NYC
  • 78.05.05 / Glenn Spearman Trio [BR] Berkeley
  • 79.03.04 / Raphé Malik Quartet [BR] NYC
  • 79.10.10 / Raphé Malik Quartet [AR] Unna
  • 79.11.10 / Raphé Malik Quartet [Centering Archival Recording] Unna
  • 80.05.14 / Raphe Malik Quartet [BR] NYC
  • 81.05.23 + 05.24 / Glenn Spearman: Night After Night (Musa-Physics)
  • 82.03.01 / Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit [See 82.03.21]
  • 82.03.18 / Sonny Fortune Sextet [AR] Detroit
  • 82.04.11 / Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit [AR] NYC
  • 82.04.18 / Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit [AR] NYC
  • 82.05.28 / Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit [AR] NYC
  • 82.07.03 / Cecil Taylor Unit [AR] NYC
  • 86.08.25 / Trio Hurricane: Suite of Winds (Black Saint)
  • 88.04.17 / Bill Dixon Ensemble (“Sound Unity Orchestra”) [AR] NYC
  • 88.06-07.00 / Paul Murphy: Outward Bound (Omnisonic)
  • 88.06.25 Hinds Brothers with Paul Murphy & Glenn Spearman [AVR] Emeryville
  • 88.07.02 Hinds Brothers with Paul Murphy, Glenn Spearman, & Kash Killion [AVR] Oakland
  • 88.07.16 Hinds Brothers with Paul Murphy, Glenn Spearman, & Kash Killion [AVR] Oakland
  • 88.07.23 Hinds Brothers with Paul Murphy, Glenn Spearman, & Kash Killion [AVR] Oakland
  • 89.08.02 / Glenn Spearman Quartet [AR] San Francisco
  • 90.07.01 / Gregg Simpson: Drum Fire (Condition West)
  • 90.09.11 / Glenn Spearman Quartet [BR] Berkeley
  • 90.10.28 / Glenn Spearman—John Heward: Utterance (Cadence Jazz Records)
  • 90.11.16 / Glenn Spearman Quartet [SB] Oakland
  • 90.12.19 / Spearman–Lindgren Trio [Rehearsal Recording] Berkeley
  • 91.01.04 / Spearman–Lindgren Duo [Rehearsal Recording] Berkeley
  • 91.01.15 / Spearman–Lindgren Duo [Rehearsal Recording] Berkeley
  • 91.01.24 / Glenn Spearman Quartet [SB] San Francisco
  • 91.02.12 / Spearman–Lindgren Duo [Rehearsal Recording] Berkeley
  • 91.02.27 / Spearman–Lindgren Trio [Rehearsal Recording] Berkeley
  • 91.04.10 / Cecil Taylor’s Burning Poles Ensemble [AR] Boston
  • 91.04.24 to 04.26 / Glenn Spearman Quartet [Unissued Studio Recordings] Upper Marlboro
  • 91.05.09 to 05.11 / Cecil Taylor and Rada: Live in New York [BVR; AR & AVR] NYC
  • 91.06.12 / Raphé Malik 5tet: 21st Century Texts (Free Music Production)
    • (V/A) FMP Story (Free Music Production)
  • 91.08.09 / Spearman–Lindgren Trio [Rehearsal Recording] Berkeley
  • 91.08.11 / Spearman–Winant–Lindgren Trio [Rehearsal Recording] Oakland
  • 91.08.15 / Glenn Spearman Quintet [SB] San Francisco
  • 91.08.18 / Spearman–Lindgren Duo with Greg Goodman [AR & SB] Berkeley
  • 91.09.12 + 09.13 / Marco Eneidi: The Marco Eneidi Coalition (Botticelli Records)
  • 91.09.21 / Raphé Malik Quintet with Glenn Spearman: Sirens Sweet and Slow (Outsounds)
  • 91.10.11 + 10.27 / Dennis Warren’s Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble: Passport to Freedom (FMRJE)
    • Dennis Warren’s Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble: Legacy (FMRJE)
  • 91.12.03 / Greg Goodman Band [SB] Berkeley
  • 91.12.10 / Greg Goodman Band [SB] Berkeley
  • 91.12.14 / Spearman–Lindgren Duo [SB] Berkeley
  • 91.12.16 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [AR] San Francisco
  • 92.01.11 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [AR] San Francisco
  • 92.01.14 / Glenn Spearman Quintet [AR] San Francisco
  • 92.02.08 / Glenn Spearman Trio with J.R. Routhier [SB] San Francisco
  • 92.02.29 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] Oakland
  • 92.03.12 / Glenn Spearman Quintet [SB] San Francisco
  • 92.03.19 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio Minus One [SB] Oakland
  • 92.04.04 / Glenn Spearman Quartet [SB] Eugene
  • 92.05.27 / Spearman–Foley–Lindgren Trio [Rehearsal Recording] Berkeley
  • 92.06.13 / Glenn Spearman’s G-Force [AR] San Francisco
  • 92.07.06 / Spearman–Foley–Lindgren Trio [BR] Berkeley
  • 92.07.18 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] Nickelsdorf
  • 92.08.18 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] San Francisco
  • 92.08.20 + 08.21 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Mystery Project (Black Saint)
  • 92.11.05 / Glenn Spearman’s G-Force [AR] San Francisco
  • 92.12.04 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] Oakland
  • 93.01.24 / Glenn Spearman & James Routhier Duo [AR] San Francisco
  • 93.01.31 / Glenn Spearman Trio [SB] San Francisco
  • 93.03.00 / Cecil Taylor Birthday Concert [AVR] Boston
  • 93.05.14 / Glenn Spearman & Larry Ochs Duo [AR] San Francisco
  • 93.06.00 / Lisle Ellis: Elevations (Victo)
  • 93.06.11 / ROVA Plus 4 [AVR] San Francisco
  • 93.06.12 / Figure Eight [AR] San Francisco
  • 93.06.27 / Lisle Ellis Trio and Septet [AVR] San Francisco
  • 93.07.09 / Spearman–Lindgren Duo [AVR & SB] Berkeley
  • 93.07.24 / Raphé Malik Quintet [AR] Ottawa
  • 93.08.28 / Figure 8 (ROVA Plus 4) [SB] Saalfelden
  • 93.09.19 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] Monterey
  • 93.10.08 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio: October 8, 1993 (SFSU Poetry Center)
    • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] San Francisco
  • 93.10.20 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] Seattle
  • 93.10.21 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] Vancouver
  • 93.10.22 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] Vancouver
  • 93.10.23 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] Eugene
  • 93.11.08 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Smokehouse (Black Saint)
    + 93.11.10
  • 93.11.09 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [AR] Emeryville
  • 93.11.10 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Smokehouse (Black Saint)
  • 93.11.14 / Glenn Spearman Quartet [AR] San Francisco
  • 93.11.28 / Spearman’s G-Force [AVR] San Francisco
  • 93.12.08 / Figure 8 (Rova x 4) [AR] Münich
  • 94.00.00 / Glenn Spearman Quartet [AR] Oakland
  • 94.01.00 (2) / Figure 8 (Rova x 4) [AR] Oakland
  • 94.01.18 / Figure 8 (Rova x 4) [BR] Emeryville
  • 94.01.19 / Figure 8 (Rova x 4): Pipe Dreams (Black Saint)
  • 94.01.28 / Glenn Spearman Solo [AR] San Francisco
  • 94.01.30 / Glenn Spearman Trio [SB] Berkeley
  • 94.02.06 / Paul Plimley Trio [AR] San Francisco
  • 94.02.15 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] San Francisco
  • 94.03.09 / Glenn Spearman Trio [AR] Sacramento
  • 94.05.02 / Marco Eneidi Quartet [BR] Berkeley
  • 94.05.03 / Glenn Spearman Trio [SB] San Francisco
  • 94.05.00 (1) / Glenn Spearman: Free Worlds (Black Saint)
    + 94.06.00; 94.12.00 (2); 95.06.00 (2)
  • 94.05.06 / Glenn Spearman Group [SB] Oakland
  • 94.05.00 (2) / Glenn Spearman’s G-Force: Let It Go (Red Toucan)
    • (V/A) amalgam(e) 10 ans de Red Toucan (Red Toucan)
  • 94.05.21 / Glenn Spearman’s Double Trio [AR & SB] Victoriaville
  • 94.06.00 / Glenn Spearman: Free Worlds (Black Saint)
    + 94.05.00 (2); 94.12.00 (2); 95.06.00 (2)
  • 94.06.03 / Lisle Ellis: What We Live Fo(u)r (Black Saint)
  • 94.06.30 / (V/A) Rova Saxophone Quartet: Transparent Messenger  ←←Incorrect citation
  • 94.08.12 + 08.13 / John Tchicai & the Archetypes [AVR] Santa Cruz
  • 94.10.16 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] Zurich
  • 94.10.18 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] Munich
  • 94.10.19 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] Cologne
  • 94.10.20 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] Basel
  • 94.10.22 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] Nickelsdorf
  • 94.10.29 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB] San Francisco
  • 94.11.15 + 11.16 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio: The Fields (Black Saint)
  • 94.12.00 (1) / Don Paul: Flowers Smell Like Gasoline (no label)
  • 94.12.00 (2) / Glenn Spearman: Free Worlds (Black Saint)
    + 94.05.00 (2); 94.06.00; 95.06.00 (2)
  • 94.12.11 / Spearman Lindgren Duo [SB] Berkeley
  • 95.00.00 (1) / President’s Breakfast: Doo Process (Disc Lexia)
  • 95.00.00 (2) / President’s Breakfast: III C (Disc Lexia)
  • 95.01.20 / (V/A) Wiretapper 6 Special Edition (WIRE Magazine)
    • Trio Hurricane + 1 [AR]
  • 95.01.21 / William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra [Centering Archival Recording] NYC
  • 95.06.00 (1) / Urna: Redemption Songs [Unissued Recording]
  • 95.06.00 (2) / Glenn Spearman: Free Worlds (Black Saint)
    + 94.06.00; 94.05.00 (2); 94.12.00 (2)
  • 95.06.00 (3) / Matthew Goodheart: Sonoluminescence (Nine Winds)
  • 95.06.05 / Eneidi, Spearman, Ellis, Robinson: For Our Children (Botticelli Records)
  • 95.06.06 (1) / Marco Eneidi º Glenn Spearman: Creative Music Orchestra (Music & Arts)
  • 95.06.25 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio [AVR] San Francisco
  • 95.10.26 / Cecil Taylor & The Glenn Spearman Orchestra [AR] San Francisco
  • 95.11.08 / Surya: Stretching the Edge (Surya)
  • 95.12.06 / Rova: John Coltrane’s Ascension (Black Saint)
    • Dave Douglas: Complete Black Saint-Soul Note Recordings: John Coltrane’s Ascension (C.A.M. Jazz)
  • 96.01.26 / Glenn Spearman Quintet [BR] Köln
  • 96.07.27 / Raphé Malik: The Short Form (Eremite)
  • 96.08.15 / William Hooker: Mindfulness (Knitting Factory)
    • (V/A) The Texaco New York Jazz Festival Radio Series Live at The Knitting Factory (Knitting Factory)
  • 96.09.07 + 09.14 / Marco Eneidi: Marco Eneidi & The American Jungle Orchestra: S/T (Boticelli)
  • 96.10.00 / Surya: Up (Surya)
  • 97.01.25 / Marco Eneidi, Glenn Spearman, William Parker, Jackson Krall: Live at Radio Valencia (Botticelli)
  • 97.00.00 / Spearman, Eneidi, Malik, Cremaschi, & Powell [Unreleased Studio Recording] Cotati
  • 97.05.21 + 05.22 / The Glenn Spearman & John Heward Group: th (CIMP)
    • (V/A) CIMPosium Volume 4
  • 97.05.28 / Glenn Spearman’s Trio Hurricane [WKCR-FM Archival Recording]
    • (V/A) Trio Hurricane: Vision One—Vision Festival 1997 Compiled (AUM Fidelity)
    • (V/A) Inside Out in the Open (Asymmetric Pictures)
  • 97.06.08 / Glenn Spearman: Blues For Falasha (Tzadik)
  • 97.07.26 / Trio Hurricane: Live at Fire in the Valley (Eremite)
  • 98.02.18 / Glenn Spearman and Dennis Warren: Duet / Live at the Green Street Grill (FMRJE)
  • 98.05.25 / Raphe Malik Quartet: Companions (Eremite)
  • 98.07.02 / Matthew Goodheart Trio + One [AR] San Francisco
  • 98.07.20 + 07.21 / Glenn Spearman & Dominic Duval: Working With the Elements (CIMP)
    • (V/A) CIMPosium Volume Six #176-190 (CIMP)
  • 98.07.25 / Glenn Spearman: First and Last (Eremite)




1970s

1980s

1990s


1968 through 1971 : : :


    68.00.00 - “Back in ’68 Spearman used to jam with Charles Moffett, Wilbur Morris and Butch Morris ...
    in an Oakland barbecue joint called Native Son.”
    [David Rubien “Sunday Notebook” The San Francisco Chronicle July 30, 1989 p.36]

    69.00.00 - Spearman’s role in the avant-garde scene started in Oakland and Berkeley in the late sixties.” [web resource]

    Back in California by 1969, he worked in the Bay Area and Los Angeles with such musicians as Butch and Wilbur Morris,
    Donald Rafael Garrett, and Charles Tyler. “The word was out I was this crazy outside cat, overblowing on this horn,”
    Spearman says with a laugh, looking back. “I was into that post-Coltrane total free expression.”
    —Kevin Whitehead’s bio of Glenn, from the Mystery Project CD

    70.00.00 - “There’s certainly a rich tradition of improvised music in the Bay Area. The festival’s ‘old-timers’—Ochs, Kaiser, Goodman
    and Spearman among them—recall a thriving ’70s scene centered in long-defunct venues such as the Blue Dolphin, Pangaea, Mapenzi,
    and the Metropolitan Arts Center.”
    [David Rubien “Sunday Notebook” The San Francisco Chronicle 89.07.30, p.36]

    It was [Donald Rafael] Garrett who tipped Spearman to another tenorist working the same vein. “He said to me, ‘You know who you sound like?
    Frank Wright. You gotta check out Frank.’ I hadn’t heard him, so I got his ESP and BYG records. I saw the latter were made in France, and knew
    a lot of cats like the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Steve Lacy were over there. So in 1972 I bought a one-way ticket, took my saxophone
    and went to Paris. Within two days I found Frank and introduced myself, and we began playing together. I became known as his protege;
    he used to call me Frank Wright Jr.” Wright, 12 years Glenn’s senior and a powerful overblower himself, exerted a strong influence on
    the younger musician. But Glenn was independently active too; he made two records with bassist Bob Reid’s Emergency, which included
    the Django-inspired guitarist Boulou Ferre and Japanese percussionist Sabu Toyozumi. (See 72.00.00 and 73.06.15.)
    —Kevin Whitehead’s bio of Glenn, from the Mystery Project CD

    It has been assumed that the Homage to Peace Emergency LP was recorded in 1973, but several sources, including the re-issue CD
    from Emarcy/America, have “1970” as the session date. The release date was July 4, 1973. The liner notes were written in 1971.
    How this all jibes with Glenn’s memory of leaving for Paris in “1972” is unclear, just as memories often are. —Rick Lopez

1972 : : :


72.00.00 • Emergency: Homage to Peace

America Records 30 AM 6134 (LP) 1973 FR; Emarcy/America CD #08, 980 691-7 [Ltd Edition] Remaster (CD) 2005

unknown date, 1972 / Maison de la Radio, Paris, France

 1. Emergency Theme (Collective)
 2. People in Sorrow (Roscoe Mitchell)
 3. Kako Tune (Kako)
 4. Infidels (Reid)
 15:03
  7:43
 11:12
  9:14
 (ts)
 (ts)
 (ts)
 (ts, ss)

“On back cover is printed ‘Engistrement realise par l’ORTF.’ ... this LP is a part of a longer radio broadcasted
concert from the French Radio/TV company (ORTF).” —Heinrich Smejkal

Glenn Spearman (ts, ss), Takashi Kako (p), Boulou Ferré (g), Bob Reid (b), Sabu Toyozumi (dr)

{America CD #08, 980 691-7; Heinrich Smejkal; Roy Morris 04.03.02}



  • 7?.00.00 - “Donald Robinson ... the early 1970’s ... first played
    with Spearman as a duet partner during this period in Paris.”
    [www.bayimproviser.com/artistdetail.asp?artist_id=14]



  • 72.00.00 - “He recorded three albums [through the mid-’70s],
    performed at the Avignon festival and the American Center
    for Artists, and appeared on French radio and television.”
    [obscure web resource]



  • 72.12.31 - Emergency: Glenn Spearman (ts, ss),
    Takashi Kako (p), Boulou Ferré (g),
    Bob Reid (b), Sabu Toyozumi (dr) /
    Theatre Ranelagh, Paris, France
    [Lincoln T. Beauchamp Jr, Too Much UnConvenience,
    self-published (2017) pp.121 + flyer p.169]

1973 : : :


  • 73.00.00 - “Artist-in-residence, leader, and composer for a student orchestra in Rotterdam. For the next few years he toured Europe
    extensively with both his own ensemble and other American and European avant-garde musicians.” [web resource]
  • 73.02.03 - Glenn Spearman à l’O.R.T.F.: Spearman (ts), Takashi Kako and Jan Fryderyk Dobrowolski (p), Boulou Ferré (g),
    Bob Reid (b), Sabu Toyozumi (dr) / Salle 105, Paris, France [Jazz HOT #292 March 1973 p.22]

73.06.15 • Bob Reid Presents: The Best of Emergency

Kwela Records 30 K 020 (LP) 1976

June 15, 1973 / The Exit Club, Rotterdam, Netherlands

 1. Africa is Calling Me (Reid)
 2. 500 Miles High (Corea)
 3. Jurakudai (Kako)
 4. Emergency Theme (Reid)
 11:20
  6:45
 18:00
  4:00

Glenn Spearman (ts, ss, rhythm, voc),
Takashi Kako (p), Boulou Ferré (g),
Bob Reid (b, perc, voc), Sabu Toyozumi (dr)

{30 K 020}


  • 73.06.16 - Emergency: Spearman (ts), Takashi Kako (p), Boulou Ferré (g), Bob Reid (b), Sabu Toyozumi (dr) /
    Théátre de la Gaité-Montparnasse, Paris, France [Jazz HOT #292 March 1973 p.26]

1974 : : :


    1974 through 1977 - Through Wright, Glenn made contacts in Rotterdam, went there for the summer, and stayed four years. He and some
    younger Rotterdam players formed a quartet called Incident, which recorded one eponymous album for a little Dutch label. He also renewed
    his working relationship with Donald [Rafael] Garrett, by now living in Amsterdam, but Glenn never really clicked with the nutty jazz mavericks
    who gravitated to Amsterdam’s Bimhuis. “They thought I was just into a Frank Wright trip, but I had my own evolution going on. I was getting
    beyond the overblowing and the harmonic screaming, getting into the jazz literature and getting serious about technique”
    —though always
    as a means to greater self-expression, not as an end in itself.
    —Kevin Whitehead’s bio of Glenn, from the Mystery Project CD


1975 : : :


  • 75.06.25 - Zusaan Kali Fasteau (ss, p, shakuhachi, nai, kaval, voc, perc), Glenn Spearman (ts), Rafael Garrett (cl, b), Jay Oliver (dr) /
    Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [Zusaan Kali Fasteau]
  • 75.07.25 - as above / B-14 Club, Amsterdam, Netherlands [ibid]
  • 75.07.26 - as above / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [ibid]
  • 75.07.27 - as above / Lantaarn, Rotterdam, Netherlands [ibid]
  • 75.08.23 - as above / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [ibid]
  • 75.10.30 - as above / Sinkkasten, Frankfurt, West Germany [ibid]
  • 75.10.30 to 75.11.01 - as above / Bunker Ulmenwall, Bielefeld, West Germany [ibid]
  • 75.11.04 - as above / Wuppertal Museum, Wuppertal, West Germany [ibid]
  • 75.11.05 - Zusaan Kali Fasteau (ss, p, voc, perc, misc), Glenn Spearman (ts), Rafael Garrett (cl, b),
    Peter Bastiaan (woodwinds), Jay Oliver (p), Tristan Honsinger (ce) / Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands [ibid]
  • 75.11.08 - Zusaan Kali Fasteau (ss, p, voc, perc, misc), Glenn Spearman (ts), Rafael Garrett (cl, b), Jay Oliver (p) /
    Vestzak Theater, Vlissingen, Netherlands [ibid]

  • Zusaan Kali Fasteau:
    “Jay Oliver alternated on drum set and contrabass (mostly drums), I played piano, voice, cello, nai, kaval and shakuhachi flutes, sanza (thumb
    piano), mizmar, moursin, and percussion, and Rafael played contrabass, clarinet, C-flute, shakuhachi and nai flutes, sanza, percussion, and voice.
    I don’t think we formally named it, but Rafael considered it ‘The Sea Ensemble + 2,’ sort of Sea Ensemble Quartet. He never actually considered
    this a permanent, nor semi-permanent ensemble, as he really preferred our duet, but Glenn was his student in San Francisco and I think he knew
    Jay previously too, or maybe it was that Glenn and Jay were buddies. I welcomed the opportunity to enlarge the ensemble with different energies
    and instruments. I often asked Rafael, ‘let’s add a (trap) drummer’, but he always said he really didn’t want all that racket going all the time.
    He reveled in the sonic openness, unusual sonorities, and spatial freedom of our duet.

    He had had a plethora of experiences as first-call bassist for all the bebop stars, and was the best walking bassist around, but was tired of
    the musical limits of that format. Rafael, you know, could play the shit out of all the saxophones. Sometimes, backstage where Archie, Pharoah,
    or other renowned sax players were, Rafael would pick up their horn (with their permission of course) and just blow them away. But Rafael
    didn’t like saxophones; he always preferred the wood sound of clarinets, and although he was a superb ‘silver’ flute player, loved the bamboo
    flutes with all his heart (of course, he made his own and taught me and many others to make them), and was never without a bamboo flute
    anywhere, usually playing it (walking around the street, on a bus, train, wherever). ...

    I just want to add that Rafael was fond of Glenn and enjoyed that 4-tet with him and Jay, he liked that Jay played both bass and drums and could
    switch off, giving drum-less space (Rafael held that if we wanted percussion, he and I would supply it ourselves), and Jay could do bass ‘duty,’
    freeing Rafael to play clarinet, flutes, etc. (not that Rafael felt that any one instrument was a necessity to make music—he just had his favorites).

    The 4-tet played together for about one year. Then, for no particular reason, other than that Jay was based in Switzerland, we were based
    in Amsterdam, and I think Glenn was moving around, maybe went back to San Francisco for a while, and we were also traveling a lot,
    it dissolved, and Rafael and I resumed our duo. Also we toured a lot with Archie Shepp during those years. (I just wanted to say, there was
    no animosity or anything).”

1976 : : :


  • No known performances...

1977 : : :


77.07.12 to 07.23 • Incident: Incident

Coreco Records 01 (LP) 1977 NED

July 12 to July 23, 1977 / Vondelstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 1. Spooks (Armfield/Spearman)
 2. Herrie (Spearman)
 3. Loaded Rough Lunch (Spearman)
 4. Incident (Piller)
 5. A Music Ensemble (Collective)
  8:39
  7:42
  4:59
 10:26
 13:36

Glenn Spearman (ts, bcl),
Nedly Elstak (tp),
Louis Armfield (as, p),
Harry Piller (dr)

{Coreco 01}


77.00.00 • Cha Cha Shaw: Kingdom Come

Folkways Records FTS 32870 (LP) 1979;
Kindred Spirits KSRE 6 (LP) 2009 Netherlands
—Also KSRE 6 White-label Promo

unknown date, likely 1977 / unknown venue, Netherlands

 1. Melted Soul
 2. Kid Zaro
 3. Right On
 4. Chain Re-Action
 5. Mr. Zip
 6. Postage Paid

“In regards to the Glenn Spearman discography: There is a tenor sax player identified
as ‘Glenn Spears’ on Cha Cha Shaw’s second Folkways LP Kingdom Come issued
in 1979. I’ve heard from other collectors that this is in fact Glenn Spearman.”
—Wade Kergan correspondence

Glenn “Spears” (ts), Brian Ross (as), Charles Cha Cha Shaw (tp, flg, fl),
James Greggo and Tom Lee Harris (g), Billy Lyles and Zeid Alleem (p),
Frank Clayton and Ronnie Boykins (b), Betsy (cga), Art Blakeley Jr, and Toe Joe (dr)

{FTS 32870}


1978 : : :


    “By around 1977 1 knew I had to decide whether to go home, or to be here forever. I felt the music going flat: the struggle of playing this music
    in America contributes to its fire and passion. Then Frank Wright introduced me to Cecil Taylor, and I knew the next thing for me to do was to
    get with the master. We hung out a couple of days, and Cecil asked me, ‘When are you going to come to New York?’ That was it, in 1978 I
    moved to New York.” There he woodshedded daily, and worked with Taylor’s trumpeter Raphé Malik: “That got me close to Cecil’s musical
    architecture and methodology. Raphé helped me realize how difficult and highly structured that music really is—it’s really the opposite of
    free jazz. I wanted nothing more than to be hired by Cecil, but we both knew I wasn’t ready.”
    —Kevin Whitehead’s bio of Glenn, from the Mystery Project CD

  • 78.02.26 - Raphe Malik Quartet: Malik (tp), Glenn Spearman (ts), William Parker (b), Rashid Bakr (dr) /
    3:00pm, Lower Manhattan Ocean Club, NYC [Village Voice Feb 27 p.46]

78.04.11 • Raphé Malik Quartet [BR—55:00]

April 11, 1978 / Live At The Lower Manhattan Ocean Club, New York City
—WKCR-FM

 1... compositions/improvisations   55:00

Raphé Malik (tp), Glenn Spearman (ts, ss), Billy Bang (vn), Rashid Bakr (dr)

{Anonymous 02.10.28, 05.12.31}


78.05.05 • Glenn Spearman Trio [BR]

May 5, 1978, 8:30pm / 1750 Arch, Berkeley, CA
—Live Broadcast on KPFA-FM

 1... compositions/improvisations

Glenn Spearman (ts, ss), unknown others

{Berkeley Barb May 5-11 p.11; Oakland Tribune May 5 p.18-E}


  • 78.06.08 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts, ss), unknown others... / 9:00pm, Metropolitan Arts Center, San Francisco, CA
    [The San Francisco Examiner Jun 7 p.23]

1979 : : :


79.03.04 • Raphé Malik Quartet [BR—15:00]

March 4, 1979 / WKCR-FM Studio, Columbia University, NYC
—Live Radio Broadcast

 1. composition/improvisation   15:00

“I have a tape that I made at Columbia with a drummer who’s never been recorded, with William Parker and Glenn [Spearman] in their first
performance together in the ’70s.” —Interview “Raphé Malik: Home on the Range,” by Nils Jacobson, rasmiguel.tripod.com

Raphé Malik (tp), Glenn Spearman (ts), William Parker (b), Kiwana aka John Fuller (perc)

{CODA #166 April 1979 p.37; Heinrich Smejkal 02.12.18}


  • 79.09.21 - Raphe Malik Quartet: Malik (tp), Glenn Spearman (ts), William Parker (b), Rashid Bakr (dr) / 8:30pm, Environ, NYC
    [The New York Times September 16, 1979 Arts and Leisure Guide p.D37]

79.10.10 • Raphé Malik Quartet [AR—78:27]

October 10, 1979 / Unna, Germany
—Also circulating with incorrect date of 79.10.16.

  SUITE: Life Without Lloyd (1st Set)
 1. Part 1   40:49
 2. Part 2   11:30
 3. Part 3   29:07
 4. Part 4    6:57

Raphé Malik (tp), Glenn Spearman (ts), Jay Oliver (b), Steve McCraven (dr)

{Heinrich Smejkal 02.12.18; Anonymous 04.03.02; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21; www.dimeadozen.org/torrents}


  • 79.11.02 - Raphé Malik Quartet: Malik (tp), Glenn Spearman (ts), Jay Oliver (b), Steve McCraven (dr, perc) / Bataclan, Paris, France
    [Alex Dutilh, Jazz Hot September-December 1979 p.373]

79.11.10 • Raphé Malik Quartet [Centering Archival Recording—68:44]

November 10, 1979 / unknown venue, Unna, Germany

 1. composition/improvisation   30:36
 2. composition/improvisation   28:26
 3. composition/improvisation    9:42

Raphé Malik (tp), Glenn Spearman (ts), William Parker (b), Kuwama John Fuller (dr)

{William Parker’s Centering Archive; Ed Hazell 14.01.08}


  • 79.11.11 - Raphé Malik Quartet: Malik (tp), Glenn Spearman (ts), Parker (b), Kuwama John Fuller (dr, perc) /
    Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf, Austria [Bjorn Dirlack 05.08.01; Jazzgalerie Nickelsdorf, The 20th Anniversary Album]

1970s

1980

1990s


80.05.14 • Raphe Malik Quartet [BR]

May 14, 1980 / Soundscape, New York City
—WKCR-FM Broadcast, 10.09.08

 1. composition/improvisation

Raphe Malik (tp), Glenn Spearman (as), William Parker (b), Rashid Bakr (dr)

{Ed Hazell 10.09.08}


  • 80.08.17 - Raphé Malik & Glenn Spearman Duo:
    Spearman (ts), Malik (tp) / Konrontation 1980,
    JazzGalerie Nickelsdorf, Nickelsdorf, Austria
    [Festival poster, www.rhcourtney-collector.com]

  • 80.11.20 - Raphé Malik Quartet: Malik (tp),
    Glenn Spearman (ts), William Parker (b), Rashid Bakr (dr) /
    8:30pm, Living-Learning Center Commons,
    University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
    [The Burlington Free Press Nov 18 p.32]
    —“Tickets will be available at the door for $1.”

1981 : : :


    In 1981, he returned to the Bay Area, where he and future Double Trio drummer Donald Robinson put out a duo LP, Night After Night
    [likely a reference to the recording time-frame, as the LP was not released until 1985. —RL] which drew critical comparisons to the
    Coltrane/Rashied Ali duets. Then Taylor drafted Spearman for a big band to play eight weeks at Lush Life. That led to a few gigs with
    Cecil’s other bands, a seven-piece group which played for dancers, and a six-piece Cecil Taylor Unit including Malik, Jimmy Lyons,
    William Parker, and Rashid Bakr “That’s where I got my advanced degree in music,” says Glenn.
    —Kevin Whitehead’s bio of Glenn, from the Mystery Project CD

81.05.23 + 05.24 • Glenn Spearman: Night After Night

Musa-Physics MP-0001 (LP) 1985

May 23 & 24, 1981 / Arch Street Studios, Berkeley, CA

 1. Atlanta
 2. Aithien
 3. Futura
 4. Uran
 5. Ictus
 12:25
  2:22
  7:07
 13:05
  7:16
 (ts)
 (ts, bcl)
 (ts)
 (ts)
 (ts)

Glenn Spearman (ts, bcl, Comp),
Donald Robinson (perc)

{MP-0001; Igor Danilishen; “LP Focus: Recent Releases” Be-Bop and Beyond,
May-June 1985, p.27, Pierre Crépon 17.03.18}


    “Spearman then became a member of the Cecil Taylor Unit, and Taylor’s New York-based Big Band and Dance Orchestra.” [web resource]

1982 : : :


    “Cecil Taylor, the pianist, will lead a big band, which has been named the Expanded Unit, in a series of engagements at Lush Life. ...
    Mr. Taylor said his band would use new material. ‘I have been waiting years to form this band,’ he said, ‘and the book will be all
    fresh works.’ The Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit will perform March 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 9:30 and 11:30pm and 1:15am.”
    [The New York Times Feb 18, 1982]

  • 82.03.07 - Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit: Taylor (p), Jimmy Lyons and Ken Simon (as), Glenn Spearman (ts), Karen Borca (bsn),
    James Newton (fl), Raphé Malik, Butch Morris, and Danny Carter (tp), Craig Harris (tb), Muneer Abdul Fataah (ce),
    William Parker (b), Rashid Bakr (dr) / Lush Life, NYC [New York Magazine March 3 p.111]
  • 82.03.14 - Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit: Taylor (p, Comp), Glenn Spearman (ts), David Murray (reeds), Ken Simon (as), Charles Tyler (bar),
    Karen Borca (bsn), James Newton (fl), Raphé Malik, Butch Morris, and Danny Carter (tp), Craig Harris (tb), Muneer Abdul Fataah (ce),
    William Parker (b), Rashid Bakr (dr) / Lush Life, NYC

    “Residency on Sundays through a recent two-month stretch.” [More than the four March dates mentioned above.]
    “On this second Sunday, Lyons replaced by Murray ... more than 90-minute set.” [Lee Jeske, Down Beat June 1982 p.59]

82.03.18 • Sonny Fortune Sextet [AR]

March 18, 1982 / Live At The Detroit Institute Of Arts, Detroit, MI

 1. Ichob’s Shuffle
 2. Turning It Over
 3. Parahilium
 4. This Side Of Infinity

Sonny Fortune (reeds), Glenn Spearman (ts), Ron English (g), Kamal Kenyatta (p), Dave Billingsley (b), Lorenzo “Spoons” Brown (dr)

{Anonymous 05.12.31}


82.03.21 • The Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit [AR—76:29]

March 21, 1982 / Lush Life, New York City

 1. composition
 2. composition
 53:42
 22:15
  (fades in, split track with fade out and in at 37:08, ends with applause)
  (fades in, incomplete, cuts out at end)

—This session has been circulating with an incorrect date of 82.03.01, possibly a misprinting of 03.07 or 03.21.
 (Lyons was not present for the 82.03.14 session.) —RL

“For the last few Sundays...” —Stanley Crouch “Cecil Taylor: Pitfalls of a Primitive” Village Voice Mar 30 p.59

Cecil Taylor (p, Comp), Jimmy Lyons, Daniel Carter, and Ken Simon (as), Glen Spearman (ts), Charles Tyler (bar), Karen Borca (bsn),
James Newton (fl), Raphé Malik and Butch Morris (tp), Craig Harris (tb), Muneer Abdul Fataah (ce), William Parker (b), Rashid Bakr (dr)

{CDr; Jan Ström’s Jimmy Lyons, A Sessionography; Heinrich Smejkal}


  • 82.03.28 - The Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit: Taylor (p), Jimmy Lyons, Daniel Carter, and Ken Simon (as), Glen Spearman (ts),
    Charles Tyler (bar), Karen Borca (bsn), Raphé Malik and Butch Morris (tp), Craig Harris (tb), James Newton (fl), Muneer Abdul Fataah (ce),
    William Parker (b), Rashid Bakr (dr), André Martinez / Lush Life, NYC
    [New York Magazine March 29 p.118; Jan Ström’s Jimmy Lyons, A Sessionography]

    “All hell broke loose ... because of the article that came out the week before, which was an attack on Cecil and the Unit. He was very upset
    with [Stanley Crouch], who then reappeared at the club and was escorted out before the maestro’s show commenced.”
    —André Martinez 02.11.06

  • 82.04.04 - The Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit: personnel likely similar to 82.03.28 above / Lush Life, NYC

    “Every Sunday I was a full-time member of the Band and spent many, many, many hours (and days and years) with the maestro from this point
    on until September ’92. ... There were a lot of changes in the horn section from gig to gig. We rehearsed at the Bell Telephone Building in lower
    Manhattan across the street from the Odeon Cafe, which is still there. We would go there on many occasions to eat after rehearsals. ... It was at
    ESP Records [recording studio], Bernard Stollman’s place (as confirmed by Karen Borca) and I would see Jerome Cooper there. I missed two
    of the weekends at Lush Life because I was under contract with Dee Dee Sharp to do some concerts for her and Gamble & Huff Productions in
    Philadelphia. Which was cool with Cecil, as he was always curious about their operations and show productions. ... Extensive conversations I had
    with Cecil ... led to a lot of the new concepts for his upcoming shows. ... From this point on Cecil’s shows began to change and become more like
    productions [with] intros, poetry, dance, chanting. ... Pieces were scored as sections where moments of inspiration and melodic romantic-type
    melodies took place, encores were shortened, but the power and creative fury and freedom remained. It was about show and production, layout
    and format: intro and dance; followed by chant; then entrance and set theme; followed by a more intense piece; then a few solos; then a medium
    piece; followed by an all-out piece—then bring it down, then up and out. Then do a small encore, leave, and let them come again for more the
    next time—Show biz. And it worked very well for Cecil, the great entertainer and musician. Some of the other horn players were Steve Coleman,
    James Newton, and David Murray...” [André Martinez Archive 02.10.18-19, 02.10.24]

82.04.11 • The Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit [AR—79:33]

April 11, 1982 / Lush Life, New York City

 1. composition
 2. composition
 31:45
 46:51

   (incomplete)

—Also circulating misdated 82.04.12. The Expanded Unit only played Lush Life on Sundays.

Cecil Taylor (p, Comp), Jimmy Lyons, Daniel Carter, and Ken Simon (as), Glen Spearman (ts), Charles Tyler (bar), Karen Borca (bsn),
Raphé Malik and Butch Morris (tp), Craig Harris (tb), James Newton (fl), Muneer Abdul Fataah (ce), William Parker (b), Rashid Bakr (dr)

{Jan Ström’s Jimmy Lyons, A Sessionography; New York Magazine April 12 p.98}


82.04.18 • The Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit [AR—45:00]

April 18, 1982 / Lush Life, New York City

 1. composition   45:00

Cecil Taylor (p, Comp), Jimmy Lyons, Daniel Carter, and Ken Simon (as), Glen Spearman (ts), Charles Tyler (bar), Karen Borca (bsn),
Raphé Malik and Butch Morris (tp), Craig Harris (tb), James Newton (fl), Muneer Abdul Fataah (ce), William Parker (b), Rashid Bakr (dr)

{Jan Ström’s Jimmy Lyons, A Sessionography}


  • 82.04.25 - The Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit: Cecil Taylor (p, Comp), Jimmy Lyons, Daniel Carter, and Ken Simon (as), Glen Spearman (ts),
    Charles Tyler (bar), Karen Borca (bsn), Raphé Malik and Butch Morris (tp), Craig Harris (tb), James Newton (fl), Muneer Abdul Fataah (ce),
    William Parker (b), Rashid Bakr (dr) / Lush Life, NYC [New York Magazine April 26 p.136]
  • 82.05.27 - The Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit—Segments: personnel as below / Judson Memorial Church, NYC (see 82.05.28)

82.05.28 • The Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit—Segments [AR—59:42]

May 28, 1982 / Judson Memorial Church, New York City

The Eye of the Crocodile
 1. Part 1
 2. Part 2
 3. Part 3
 4. Part 4

 13:18
 17:12
  9:24
 19:03

“The music was composed specifically for a dance by Diane McIntyre.” —Jan Ström

—This piece was performed at this venue on May 27th through the 30th as stated in André Martinez’ printed programs from these sessions.

Cecil Taylor (p, Comp), Jimmy Lyons (as), Glenn Spearman (ts), Karen Borca (bsn), Raphé Malik (tp), Craig S. Harris (tb), Muneer Adbul Fataah (ce),
Brenda Bakr and Eve Smith (voc), Don Pate and William Parker (b), André Martinez (dr, perc), Rashid Bakr (dr)
+ Diane McIntyre and Sounds in Motion:
Cheryl Banks, Mickey Davidson, Diane McIntyre, Warren Spears, Kevin Wynn (dancers)

{CDr; Jan Ström’s Jimmy Lyons, A Sessionography p.60; André Martinez Archive 02.05.27}


  • 82.06.29 + 06.30 - The Cecil Taylor Unit: Taylor (p, Comp), Jimmy Lyons (as), Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp),
    William Parker (b), André Martinez (perc), Rashid Bakr (dr) / Lush Life, NYC
    [Lush Life schedule, Hot House Vol.1 No.5 July 1982; CODA #185 August 1982 pp.25-6; New York Magazine July 5 p.144]
    “Lester Bowie sat in on one of the gigs.” (06.29 to 07.02) —André Martinez 02.10.18.
  • 82.07.01 + 07.02 - The Cecil Taylor Unit: as above / Lush Life, NYC [ibid]
    —André Martinez 02.10.18 confirms all dates (CODA only mentions 06.29 and 06.30).

82.07.03 • Cecil Taylor Unit [AR—74:44]

July 3, 1982 / Lush Life, New York City

 1. composition   74:44    (incomplete, fades out)

Cecil Taylor (p, Comp), Jimmy Lyons (as), Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), William Parker (b), André Martinez (dr, perc), Rashid Bakr (dr)
Diane McIntyre and Sounds in Motion (unknown dancers)

{CDr; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21; André Martinez Archive}


  • 82.07.17 - The Cecil Taylor Unit: Taylor (p, Comp), Jimmy Lyons (as), Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), William Parker (b),
    André Martinez (perc), Rashid Bakr (dr) / North Sea Jazz Festival '82, 21:45-23:30hr, Dakterras (Roof Terrace), Rotterdam, Netherlands
    [www.northseajazz.com/en/program/1982]
    CODA #184, April 1982 p.36 gives no specific date (Festival duration 82.07.16-18), and has the venue as Congresgebouw, The Hague.
    —The Northsea Archive has no such engagement listed.

1983 : : :


  • No known performances...

1984 : : :


    “In 1984, he relocated back to the Bay Area while continuing to perform all over North America and Europe.” [web resource]

1985 : : :


  • No known performances...

1986 : : :


    In 1986, back in the Bay Area, Spearman had a trio with cellist Kash Killion and ex-Lyons drummer Paul Murphy.
    —Kevin Whitehead’s bio of Glenn, from the Mystery Project CD

  • 86.04.05 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), Kash Killion (ce), Paul Murphy (dr) / Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, CA
    [“Jazz Potpourri: Jazz News; Bay Area News” Be-Bop and Beyond March-April 1986, p.6, Pierre Crépon 17.03.18;
    The San Francisco Examiner Mar 21 p.E-7]

86.08.25 • Trio Hurricane: Suite of Winds

Black Saint SN 102 (LP) 1994 IT; 120102-2 (CD) 1994;
CAM Jazz Black Saint 120102-2 (CD, disc-on-demand, digital download) 2010 IT

August 25, 1986 / Xandor Recording Studios, Orinda, CA

 1. North (Murphy)
 2. South (Murphy)
 3. East (Parker)
 4. West (Spearman)
 15:22
 10:58
 18:49
  2:18

“In the Summer of 1986 Trio Hurricane formed to perform and record a suite of music
dedicated to saxophonist Jimmy Lyons, who had just died. ... The music sat unreleased
until 1994.” —Cadence

Glenn Spearman (ts), William Parker (b), Paul Murphy (dr)

{120102-2; www.camoriginalsoundtracks.com; Cadence Vol.23 no.9 Sep 1997 p.41}


1987 : : :


  • 87.05.01 + 05.02 - The New York Free Jazz Quintet: Glenn Spearman (ts), Karen Borca (bsn), Raphé Malik (tp),
    William Parker (b), Paul Murphy (perc) / 10:00pm, Kraine Club Theater, NYC
    [The New York Times May 1; Be-Bop and Beyond, Fall 1987 p.7]

1988 : : :


    “[Lisle] Ellis met Spearman four years ago at an avant-garde festival put on by the Knitting Factory in New York.”
    [David Rubien “Sunday Notebook: Lisle Ellis—Canadian Bass Player Follows Heart to Jazz” The San Francisco Chronicle June 7, 1992 p.44]
    88.02.07 - Lynn Kirby: Films & Installations, including the screening of July 25th; Ode to Ms. Bradix and Ms. Brooks Multi-media installation
    “With the generous help of: Paula Alexander, Leslie Alperin, Laurie Bernard, Kimberely Disney, Barney Haynes, Karen Holmes,
    Kimberely Jennings, Toney Merritt, Stephen Rogers, Glenn Spearman, Dawn Yamada / The Eye Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    [www.archive.org/stream/sanfranciscocine88sanfrich/sanfranciscocine88sanfrich_djvu.txt]
  • 88.04.14 - William Parker Ensemble: Glenn Spearman (ts), Rob Brown (as), Roy Campbell (tp), Parker (b), Rashied Ali and Denis Charles (dr) /
    The 2nd International Sound Unity Festival, 3rd Wave Festival of Jazz, Kraine Art Gallery, NYC
    [New York Magazine April 18 p.148; William Parker 13.10.29]

    “On the flyer for the 2nd Sound Unity Festival, there’s a William Parker Ensemble (with Glenn Spearman, no other personnel listed)
    scheduled for 11:30pm at the Knitting Factory. That’s the only ensemble listed under WP’s name—he’s also listed under the Ware Trio
    (there are no personnel listings on the flyer for ... Moondoc’s Jus Grew Orchestra.” —Scott Currie 06.07.10

       Photo by Michael Wilderman, with permission 12.08.28.

88.04.17 • Bill Dixon Ensemble (“Sound Unity Orchestra”) [AR]

April 17, 1988, 7:30pm / The Second International Sound Unity Festival, Kraine Art Gallery, New York City

 1. Sisyphus

“This was Sound Unity’s closing act to nearly a week of good music.” —Marc Edwards

“Dixon’s ensemble composition ... was given a single performance after rehearsals at Jemeel Moondoc’s loft on at least the days of and before
the concert. According to Dixon, the piece would have benefited from further and more focused rehearsals: ‘At the first rehearsal, everyone wasn’t
there—and they were being paid for these things. At the second one, some of the people who had been there the day before sent substitutes. I was
ready to go right back to Vermont; I can’t deal with that kind of thing where everyone sight-reads a part, then struts out and does a funny solo, and
thinks they’re into something. I come from a different tradition where a thing has to be definitive.’ —LP liner notes to Son of Sisyphus; ... some
details from the leaflets for the series; also announced in Jazznews (Dublin) July/August 1988.” [Dixonia]

“An orchestra piece ... that Bill did. And that was a written piece, but again it was approached with a certain amount of adding spontaneity to it
even in the way we came on stage, in a theatrical way, which I related to Cecil. Of course it was Bill Dixon’s way, which is different, but it’s a
very similar approach to letting the individual bring what they have to the music.”
—William Parker [Cadence Vol.16 #12 December 1990 p.11]

Bill Dixon (tp, Cond), David S. Ware and Glenn Spearman (ts), Jemeel Moondoc (as), Karen Borca (bsn),
Arthur Brooks, Roy Campbell Jr., and Leo Smith (tp), Bill Lowe (tu), William Parker and Mario Pavone (b), Laurence Cook (dr)
—Nioka Workman (ce) mentioned in correspondence from Marc Edwards, but not included in the Dixonia entry.

{Dixonia, a Bio-discography of Bill Dixon, compiled by Ben Young (August 1998, Greenwood Press) / Thoughts, entry R88-0417 p.286}


  • 88.04.29 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), Kash Killion (ce), Paul Murphy (dr) /
    9:00pm & 10:30, Koncepts Cultural Gallery, Oakland, CA [Oakland Tribune Apr 29 p.E-2]
  • 88.06.13 + 06.14 - Don Paul (poetry), Glenn Spearman (ts) / North Beach Festival, San Francisco, CA
    “Beat poet Jack Micheline died rather unceremoniously on a BART train earlier this year, but his work, contained in 20-odd volumes
    of poetry, lives on at the North Beach Festival’s poetry stage, which makes reference to his death-in-transit with the theme ‘The Beat
    Rolls On.’ ...
    Jazz poet Ruth Weiss teams up with the Marcus Shelby Trio, and poet/performer Don Paul is accompanied by saxophonist Glenn
    Spearman; chapbooks and other poetry paraphernalia will be sold. The fair’s other distinguishing characteristics include ‘L’Infiorata,’
    a block-long re-creation of famous art, done in flower petals by two teams of Italian artists, and the blessing of the animals by
    Franciscan monks from the Shrine of St. Francis.”
    [“Night + Day,” San Francisco Weekly June 10]

88.06.25 • Hinds Brothers with Paul Murphy & Glenn Spearman [AVR—24:49]

June 25, 1988 / Emeryville, CA
—“Recorded in the rec room of a high-end apartment complex that Paul was living at the time.”

 1. composition/improvisation
 2. composition/improvisation
 3. composition/improvisation
 4. composition/improvisation
 5. composition/improvisation
 2:43
 6:17
 5:14
 5:05
 5:02
 (incomplete, cuts in)



—Videos below are tracks 1-4 and track 5.

Glenn Spearman (ts), John Hinds (ts-3,4), Peter Hinds (perc), Paul Murphy (dr)

{Peter Hinds 04.01.06 and 13.01.22}





88.07.02 + 07.16 • Paul Murphy: Outward Bound

Omnisonic [no issue #] (CS) 1991; Pending release (CD) 2022
—Omnisonic was the Hinds Brothers’ cassette label.

July 2 & 16, 1988 / LPC Studios, Oakland, CA, Oakland, CA

 1. composition/improvisation    16:30
 2. composition/improvisation     5:52
 3. composition/improvisation     8:11
 4. composition/improvisation     7:03
 5. composition/improvisation    11:01
 6. composition/improvisation    10:41
 7. composition/improvisation     5:26

—Too many notes for just one tape.” —From the Factsheet Five review.

—Details on how these split between the two sessions posted below are forthcoming. —RL 22.05.27

Glenn Spearman (ts), John Hinds (perc, ts), Kash Killion (ce, b, keys), Peter Hinds (perc), Paul Murphy (dr)

{George Scala; Tom Lord Discography; Factsheet Five 44, 1991 August; Hinds Bro 22.05.26}


88.07.02 • Hinds Brothers with Paul Murphy, Glenn Spearman, & Kash Killion [AVR—22:51]

July 2, 1988 /

 1. composition/improvisation   15:47
 2. composition/improvisation    6:27   (incomplete, cuts in)
 3. composition/improvisation    8:10   (incomplete, fades in, cuts out)

—Track 3 is a snippet of 8:10 posted at Soundcloud.

Glenn Spearman and John Hinds (ts), Kash Killion (ce), Paul Murphy (dr)

{Peter Hinds 04.01.06 and 13.01.22; Paul Murphy, vimeo.com/314974084; vimeo.com/video/68314983;
soundcloud.com/hinds-brothers/paul-murphy-outward-bound-with-kash-killion-john-hinds}





88.07.16 • Hinds Brothers with Paul Murphy, Glenn Spearman, & Kash Killion [AVR—22:05]

July 16, 1988 / LPC Studios, Oakland, CA

 1... compositions/improvisations   

Glenn Spearman (ts), John Hinds (ts), Kash Killion (ce), Paul Murphy (dr)

{Peter Hinds 04.01.06 and 13.01.22}



88.07.23 • Hinds Brothers with Paul Murphy, Glenn Spearman, & Kash Killion [AVR—11:15]

July 23, 1988 / LPC Studios, Oakland, CA

 1... compositions/improvisations

—Video excerpts below.

Glenn Spearman (ts), John Hinds (ts, perc), Kash Killion (ce), Paul Murphy (dr)

{Peter Hinds 04.01.06 and 13.01.22}





  • 88.08.00 - Glen Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), Kash Killion (ce), Paul Murphy (dr) / Concord Jazz Festival, San Ramon, CA
    [Paul Murphy web Bio] —This may be a mistaken approximate date for one of the 89.08.10 appearance. —RL
  • 88.10.08 - Glen Spearman Trio: as above / Koncepts Cultural Gallery, Oakland, CA
    [Oakland Tribune Aug 21 “Calendar” p.2; The San Francisco Examiner Oct 7 p.C-23]
  • 88.12.01 - Glenn Spearman Trio / The Equinox, Montclair, CA [Oakland Tribune Nov 29 p.C-2]
    “They’ll be appearing there every Thursday night indefinitely.”
  • 88.12.08 - Glenn Spearman Trio / The Equinox, Montclair, CA [ibid]
  • 88.12.15 - Glenn Spearman Trio / The Equinox, Montclair, CA [ibid]
  • 88.12.22 - Glenn Spearman Trio / The Equinox, Montclair, CA [ibid]
  • 88.12.29 - Glenn Spearman Trio / The Equinox, Montclair, CA [ibid]

1989 : : :


  • 89.01.05 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), Kash Killion (ce), Paul Murphy (dr) / The Equinox, Montclair, CA
    [The San Francisco Examiner Jan 1 “Datebook” p.14]
  • 89.01.12 - Glenn Spearman Trio: as above / 9:00pm, The Equinox, Montclair, CA
    [Oakland Tribune Jan 8 “Calendar” p.21; The San Francisco Bay Guardian Jan 11 p.37]
  • 89.01.19 - Glenn Spearman Trio / 9:00pm, The Equinox, Montclair, CA
    [Oakland Tribune Jan 15 “Calendar” p.21; The San Francisco Bay Guardian Jan 18 p.40]
  • 89.01.26 - Glenn Spearman Trio / 9:00pm, The Equinox, Montclair, CA [The San Francisco Examiner Jan 22 “Datebook” p.14]
  • 89.02.02 + 02.09 + 02.16 + 02.23 - Glenn Spearman Trio / 8:30pm to 12:30am, The Equinox, Montclair, CA
    [Running notices in both the Oakland Tribune and The San Francisco Examiner each preceding Sunday]
  • 89.03.02 + 03.09 + 03.16 + 03.23 + 03.30 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Spearman (ts), India Cooke (vn), Kash Killion (ce), Paul Murphy (dr) /
    8:30pm to 12:30am, The Equinox, Montclair, CA
    [Running notices in both the Oakland Tribune and The San Francisco Examiner each preceding Wednesday and Sunday]
  • 89.04.11 + 04.18 + 04.25) - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Spearman (ts), India Cooke (vn), Kash Killion (ce), Paul Murphy (dr) /
    8:30pm to 12:30am, The Equinox, Montclair, CA
    [Running notices in both the Oakland Tribune and The San Francisco Examiner each preceding Sunday]
    —Notice appeared only in The San Francisco Bay Guardian (Apr 19 p.50) for a April 25th appearance.

  • 89.04.28 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: as above / 8:00pm, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
    [Graham Connah 03.02.17 + 03.09; Cadence Vol.15 no.4 April p.92; The Californian Apr 27 “Calendar” p.3B;
    Santa Cruz Sentinel Apr 28 “Spotlight” p.2]

    “I put up the money for a Spearman concert in Santa Cruz back in ... 1989, I believe. ... It was on a Friday night, that is the night
    of the week when they presented non-national/local/regional acts. Normally groups played for the door—I put up a guarantee since
    Glenn and crew were coming down from Oakland.” —Graham Connah undated correspondence

  • 89.04.30 - Glenn Spearman Quartet / 7:30 & 9:00pm, Koncepts Cultural Gallery, Oakland, CA
    [Oakland Tribune Apr 28 “Weekend!” p.E1]
  • 89.05.02 - Glenn Spearman Quartet / 8:30pm to 12:30am, The Equinox, Montclair, CA [Oakland Tribune Apr 30 “Calendar” p.21]
    —This Oakland Tribune listing was the last for the Equinox engagement which began in early December of ’88. —RL
  • 89.05.19 - The Move Dance Theatre’s “Pieces of a Dream”: with Glenn Spearman (ts) and Paul Murphy (dr), unknown dancers /
    8:00pm, Oakland Ensemble Theatre, Alice Arts Center, Oakland, CA
    [Oakland Tribune May 14 “Calendar” p.16; The San Francisco Bay Guardian May 17 p.43]

89.08.02 • Glenn Spearman Quartet [AR—24:07]

August 2, 1989 / First Annual Improvised Music Festival, Koncepts Kultural Gallery, Oakland, CA
—Recording is circulating mistakenly dated 89.08.03.

 1. composition
 2. composition
 3. composition
 15:23
  4:31
  3:23
 (cuts in during intro)

“This was the first time [Ben and I] saw Glenn.” —Eleanor Lindgren

Glenn Spearman (ts), Kash Killion (ce, b, keys), India Cooke (vn), Donald Robinson (dr)

{CDr; Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.09; Larry Kelp “Improvising Musicians Play Straight From the Heart” The Oakland Tribune Jul 30 “Calendar” p.9;
David Rubien “Sunday Notebook: Improvisers Play It by Ear At First Bay Area Fest / 15 Eclectic Acts” The San Francisco Chronicle Jul 30 p.36}


  • 89.08.10 - Glenn Spearman Ensemble: Spearman (ts), others unknown... / 21st Annual Concord Jazz Festival,
    “Brown Bag Jazz,” 11:30pm-1:30am, Bishop Ranch 2, San Ramon, CA
    [San Francisco Examiner Jul 21 p.C-21; Oakland Tribune Aug 6 “Calendar” p.9 + p.14]
  • 89.08.11 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Spearman (ts), Kash Killion (ce, b, keys), India Cooke (vn), Donald Robinson (dr) /
    21st Annual Concord Jazz Festival, 8:00-11:00pm, Parkside Hotel, Walnut Creek, CA [Oakland Tribune Aug 6 “Calendar” p.9]
    Tribune has “Group to be announced.” Reference citing this as the Spearman Quartet group is unknown.


1970s

1980s

1990s



    May 17, 1990—Reverend Frank Wright, one of Spearman’s main influences, dies this day in Germany.
    —“ The American government was making plans to ship his body back to the US for burial in Mississippi. And that’s the first thing
     America’s ever done for Frank Wright.” [Mark Miller The Globe and Mail Jun 29, 1990 p.C-10]


  • 90.06.04 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Spearman (ts), India Cooke (vn), Kash Killion (ce), Donald Robinson (dr) / unknown studio
    —Glenn Spearman letter to Roy Morris 91.07.02 [Roy Morris long-hand correspondence 06.06.19]

    “My immediate project is on June 4 recording either the Glenn Spearman Quartet ... or Sextet (the same, plus Lisle Ellis bass,
    and Paul Plimley piano). This is the only definite date. The next could be in June in Vancouver (Lisle Ellis, Paul Plimley,
    and myself, a trio without drums).” —Glenn Spearman
    “I know the quartet at least happened, because years later Glenn mentioned he couldn’t find the tapes!” —Roy Morris

  • 90.06.19 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis (b), “probably Paul Plimley” (p) / California Art Club, Los Angeles, CA
    [Laurence Svirchev 03.12.18]
    —“ A photography exhibition opening.”
  • 90.06.22 to 07.02 - Glenn Spearman (ts), Vinny Golia (reeds), Ron Samworth (g), Lisle Ellis and Clyde Reed (b), Claude Ranger (dr),
    others... / duMaurier Jazz Festival, Glass Slipper, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    [Laurence Svirchev 03.12.18; Renee Doruyter “All That Jazz” The Province Jun 28 p.12]
    “[Spearman] has been sitting in nightly...”
  • 90.06.28 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis (b), Paul Plimley (p) / duMaurier Jazz Festival,
    9:00pm, Tom Lee Music Hall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    [ibid; Mark Miller The Globe and Mail Jun 29 p.C-10]
  • 90.06.30 - Lisle Ellis Quartet: Glenn Spearman (ts), Paul Plimley (p), Ellis (b), Andrew Cyrille (dr) / duMaurier Jazz Festival,
    2:30pm, Discovery Theatre, Plaza of Nations, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [ibid]

90.07.01 • Gregg Simpson: Drum Fire

Condition West Productions 001 (CD) 2001

July 1, 1990 / duMaurier Jazz Festival, Yuk-Yuks Comedy Club, Vancouver, BC, Canada

 1. The Conversation   20:56

“We re-united—a reunion after first meeting in 1973 in Paris—in Vancouver in 1990,
and have recorded a long piece for the du Maurier International Jazz Festival.”
—Gregg Simpson

Glenn Spearman (ts), Gregg Simpson (dr)

{Condition West Productions 001; The Province, Jun 28 p.12; Gregg Simpson 14.12.09;
www.citizenjazz.com/article3459057.html}


90.09.11 • Glenn Spearman Quartet [BR]

September 11, 1990 / KPFA-FM Studio, Berkeley, CA
—Live Broadcast

 1. Roof of the World
 2. Open Aperture
 3. Tribute to Frank Wright

Glenn Spearman (ts), Paul Plimley (p), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


  • 90.10.05 - Glenn Spearman & Lisle Ellis Duo: Spearman (ts), Ellis (b) / T.I.M.E. OUT Festival, Euclid Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

90.10.28 • Glenn Spearman—John Heward: Utterance

Dictions DIC001 (CS) 1990 CAN;
Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1103 (CD) 1999

October 28, 1990 / Silent Sound Studio, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 1. Tongues
 2. The Solidification of Fires
 3. Summoning Voices
 27:59
 15:30
 12:43

Glenn Spearman (ts, bells, voc),
John Heward (dr, voc, kalimba)

{CJR 1103}


90.11.16 • Glenn Spearman Quartet [SR]

November 16, 1990, 8:00pm / Koncept’s Cultural Gallery, Oakland, CA

 1. Roof of the World

Glenn Spearman (ts), Kash Killion (ce), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; The San Francisco Bay Guardian Nov 14 p.45 + p.49 + p.52}


90.12.19 • Spearman–Lindgren Trio [Rehearsal Recording]

December 19, 1990 / Lindgren Studios, Berkeley, CA

 1. compositions

Glenn Spearman (ts), Esten Lindgren (tb), Ben Lindgren (b)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


1991 : : :


91.01.04 • Spearman–Lindgren Duo [Rehearsal Recording]

January 4, 1991 / Lindgren Studios, Berkeley, CA

 1. compositions

Glenn Spearman (ts), Ben Lindgren (b)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


91.01.15 • Spearman–Lindgren Duo [Rehearsal Recording]

January 15, 1991 / Lindgren Studios, Berkeley, CA

 1. AntiWar
 2. King’s Birthday
 3. D-Day

Glenn Spearman (ts), Ben Lindgren (b)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


  • 91.01.17 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis and Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr) /
    IMPROVCORE at Olive Oil’s Bar & Grill, San Francisco, CA [Improvised Music Association Newsletter April/May 1991]
    “Weekly Thursday night ... (since mid-January).” —IMA Newsletter

91.01.24 • Glenn Spearman Quartet [AVR—47:20]

January 24, 1991, 9:00pm / IMPROVCORE at Olive Oil’s Bar & Grill, San Francisco, CA

 1. Mad Monk’s Quartet    46:31

Glenn Spearman (ts, Tibetan bells, voc), Lisle Ellis (b, African thumb piano, voc), Ben Lindgren (b, Tibetan perc, voc), Donald Robinson (dr)

{DVD; Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13, Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; Improvised Music Association Newsletter April/May 1991;
The San Francisco Bay Guardian Jan 16 p.43}



  • 91.01.31 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis and Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr) /
    IMPROVCORE at Olive Oil’s Bar & Grill, San Francisco, CA [Improvised Music Association Newsletter April/May 1991]
  • 91.02.05 - Glenn Spearman: (no personnel info), possibly the Lisle Ellis Trio with Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), and Ellis (b) /
    Cafe G Sharp, Montreal, Quebec, Canada [CODA #237 May 1991 p.4]
    “Lisle Ellis programmed the États Soniques Series, 1990-91 at the Bar G-Sharp and thereafter at the Club Continental.”
    —www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com
  • 91.02.07 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis and Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr) /
    IMPROVCORE at Olive Oil’s Bar & Grill, San Francisco, CA [Improvised Music Association Newsletter April/May 1991]

91.02.12 • Spearman–Lindgren Duo [Rehearsal Recording]

February 12, 1991 / Lindgren Studios, Berkeley, CA

 1. Stone Dove

Glenn Spearman (ts), Ben Lindgren (b)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


  • 91.02.14 + 02.21 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis and Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr) /
    IMPROVCORE at Olive Oil’s Bar & Grill, San Francisco, CA [Improvised Music Association Newsletter April/May 1991]
    “Weekly Thursday night ... (since mid-January).” —IMA Newsletter

91.02.27 • Spearman–Lindgren Trio [Rehearsal Recording]

February 27, 1991 / Lindgren Studios, Berkeley, CA

 1. First Rain

Glenn Spearman (ts), Esten Lindgren (tb), Ben Lindgren (b)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


  • 91.02.28 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis and Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr) /
    IMPROVCORE at Olive Oil’s Bar & Grill, San Francisco, CA [Improvised Music Association Newsletter April/May 1991]
    “Weekly Thursday night ... (since mid-January).” —IMA Newsletter


  • “I’ve been on the east coast since March this year.” —Glenn Spearman, letter to Roy Morris July 2, 1991
    [Roy Morris long-hand correspondence 06.06.19]


  • 91.03.03 - Glenn Spearman (ts), John Nugent (reeds), Geoff Lapp (p), Densil Pinnock (voc) / CKUT-FM Benefit,
    Redpath Hall, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada [The Gazette Mar 1 p.C6]
    —No indication of a Spearman ensemble, or if he played with the musicians named above.
  • 91.03.06 - Lisle Ellis Trio: Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), Ellis (b) / Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    [Mark Miller The Globe and Mail Mar 8 p.C7] —CODA #238 July 1991 p.10 has this date wrongly pegged as 91.03.16.
    “Billed as a solo bass performance, but Ellis turned up with...”
  • 91.03.00 - Lisle Ellis Trio: as above / Montreal, Quebec, Canada

91.04.10 • Cecil Taylor’s Burning Poles Ensemble [AR]

April 10, 1991, 8:00pm / Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA

 1. Burning Poles

“The Department of Jazz Studies presents. ... Composed by Cecil Taylor during his 1990 NEC Residency.” [from the program]

Cecil Taylor, Trudy Morse, and Victor Oblios (poetry, voc), Raphé Malik (tp, voc), Glenn Spearman and David Peck (ts, voc),
James Bigelow (ss, voc), Raqib Hassan (bcl, voc), Brian Bender (tb, voc), Eric Zinman (p, voc), Mark Snelling and Teresa Gold (voc),
Stefan Dill (g, voc), Ken Silden (b, voc), Masashi Harada and Taylor McLean (perc, voc)

{Program photocopy from Roy Morris Archive}


SORT !!! : : :


“In April 1990 [sic] Glenn was expecting to make a record for Silkheart. ... Unfortunately [producer] Knox lost interest, so the quartet recording never came out. ... But he said he had just finished a duet project with William Parker (b), and that very week was recording with WP and Paul Murphy (dr).” [Roy Morris long-hand correspondence 06.06.19]

SEE 91.07.00 for further complications...

91.04.24 to 91.04.26 • Glenn Spearman Quartet [Unissued Studio Recordings]

April 24, 25, & 26, 1991 / Mapleshade Studios, Upper Marlboro, MD

 1... compositions/improvisations

“Glenn also recorded at Mapleshade between April 24 and 26, 1991 with a quartet. ... It was really hot! After William and Paul left, Glenn and Raphé
recorded a batch of duets. None of this has been released, and it is questionable as to whether the tapes can be found or have been ruined.”

Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), William Parker (b), Paul Murphy (dr)

{Michael Wilderman 08.03.14}


92.04.00 (2) • Glenn Spearman & Raphé Malik Duo [Unissued Studio Recordings]

April, 1991 / Mapleshade Studios, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

 1... compositions/improvisations

“After William and Paul left, Glenn and Raphé recorded a batch of duets.” —Michael Wilderman 08.03.14

Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp)

{William Parker Interview from WKCR Broadcast}


91.05.09 • Cecil Taylor and Rada: Live in New York [AR—62:16, AVR, & BVR]

May 9, 1991 / Knitting Factory, New York City
—Japan Satellite Broadcasting

 1. 2nd Set   62:16

“According to my records there was an article in The New York Times, Friday, May 10th—and Gary Giddens also did a review on May 9-10. ...
A classic session, a three-night event. It was also the same time I moved from the house that Cecil and I shared with my family. I rebuilt the
entire brownstone where Cecil still lives, from a complete gut-job.” —André Martinez

Cecil Taylor (p, Comp), Glenn Spearman (ts), Carlos Ward (as), Raphé Malik (tp), John Bruschini (g),
William Parker (b), Thurman Barker (mba), André Martinez (perc), Tony Oxley (dr)

{CDr; André Martinez Archive 02.05.27, 02.05.31, 02.10 24; New York Magazine May 13, 1991 p.137}


91.05.10 • Cecil Taylor and Rada: Live in New York [AR—62:54, AVR, & BVR]

May 10, 1991 / Knitting Factory, New York City
—Japan Satellite Broadcasting

 1. First Set   62:54   (incomplete)

Cecil Taylor (p, Comp), Glenn Spearman (ts), Carlos Ward (as), Raphé Malik (tp), John Bruschini (g),
William Parker (b), Thurman Barker (mba), André Martinez (perc), Tony Oxley (dr)

{CDr; André Martinez Archive; New York Magazine May 13, 1991 p.137}


91.05.11 • Cecil Taylor and Rada: Live in New York [AR, AVR, & BVR]

May 11, 1991 / Knitting Factory, New York City
—Japan Satellite Broadcasting

 1... compositions/improvisations

Cecil Taylor (p, Comp), Glenn Spearman (ts), Carlos Ward (as), Raphé Malik (tp), John Bruschini (g),
William Parker (b), Thurman Barker (mba), André Martinez (perc), Tony Oxley (dr)

{André Martinez Archive; New York Magazine May 13, 1991 p.137}


  • 91.06.09 - Raphé Malik Quintet: Malik (tp, Comp), Glenn Spearman (ts), Brian King Nelson (c-melody sax),
    Larry Roland (b), Dennis Warren (dr) / Ulrichsburg Jazz Festival, Ulrichsburg, Austria
    [Mention in a program for a performance at New England Conservatory of Music (91.04.10); www.jazzatelier.at/va/x7304.htm]

91.06.12 • Raphé Malik 5tet: 21st Century Texts

Free Music Production FMP CD 43 (CD) 1992 GER
  • (V/A) FMP Story
    Free Music Production Musica Jazz FMP MJ 01 (CD) 1996 GER
June 12, 1991 / Akademie der Künste, Workshop Freie Musik, Berlin, Germany

 1. AB dedicated to A.B. Spellman
 2. CC dedicated to Duke Ellington
 3. BLUE 2 dedicated to Miles Davis
 4. TALK dedicated to Miles Davis
 5. COMPANIONS TOO dedicated to Jimmy Lyons
 6. IT’s QUIET TIME dedicated to Thelonius Monk
 7. EXTENSIONS
 15:26
  6:50
  5:37
 14:51
  9:06
  8:07
 14:02

FMP Story has track 2.

Raphé Malik (tp, Comp), Glenn Spearman (ts), Brian King Nelson (c-melody sax),
Larry Roland (b), Dennis Warren (dr)

{FMP CD 43; FMP MJ 01}


    “Glenn spent most of 1991 on the road; among other projects, he appeared with a thundering Taylor nonet at New York’s Knitting Factory
    [91.05.09 to 05.11], and did a European tour with Raphé Malik’s quintet, documented on 21st Century Texts (FMP).”
    —Kevin Whitehead’s bio of Glenn, from the Mystery Project CD

    “Spearman came to the East coast in late June.”

  • 91.07.00 - Raphé Malik 5tet: Malik (tp, Comp), Glenn Spearman (ts), Brian King Nelson (c-melody sax), Larry Roland (b), Dennis Warren (dr) /
    Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Confederation Park, Ottawa, Alberta, Canada
    [Program for a performance at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music on April 10, 1991.]

91.07.00 • Glenn Spearman & William Parker Duo [BR]

July, 1991 / Mapleshade Studios, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
—WKCR-FM, “Afternoon Music” Broadcast April 12, 1993.

 1. “for bass and tenor saxophone.”

“The letter is in front of me, definitely July 1991, sent from New York. ... ‘This week I am recording a trio with William Parker bass,
Paul Murphy drums, and myself. I also have a duet project finished with William Parker.’ With a return address c/o Raphé Malik
in Jamaica Plain or John Heward in Montreal.” —Roy Morris 16.11.15

Glenn Spearman (ts), William Parker (b)

{William Parker Interview from WKCR Broadcast}


91.08.09 • Spearman–Lindgren Trio [Rehearsal Recording]

August 9, 1991 / Lindgren Studios, Berkeley, CA

 1... compositions/improvisations

Glenn Spearman (ts), Esten Lindgren (tb), Ben Lindgren (b)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


91.08.11 • Spearman–Winant–Lindgren Trio [Rehearsal Recording]

August 11, 1991 / Mills College, Oakland, CA

 1. Crazy Wisdom

Glenn Spearman (ts, p), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


91.08.15 • Glenn Spearman Quintet [SB]

August 15, 1991 / Olive Oil’s Bar & Grill, San Francisco, CA

 1. Painted With Lightning

—Possible broadcast on KPFA-FM in San Francisco on 91.11.18 at 9:00pm, which had an undated “Painted With Lightning,” a composed
 improvisation recorded in concert at Olive Oil’s Bar & Grill.” —San Francisco Examiner (Nov 18 p.C-9)

Glenn Spearman (ts, p), Kash Killion (ce, voc), Ben Lindgren, Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


91.08.18 • Spearman–Lindgren Duo, with Greg Goodman [AR—34:25 & SB]

August 18, 1991 / Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA

 1. composition/improvisation
 2. composition/improvisation
 3. Inside & Out
  9:08
 15:28
  9:32
 (incomplete, cuts in)

“The first set opened with Ben on Indian drum and Glenn on Tibetan bell.” —Eleanor Lindgren.
—The audience recording is missing the beginning segments, and cuts in on a bass/piano duo.

Glenn Spearman (p-1, ts-2,3), Greg Goodman (p-3), Ben Lindgren (b), Shantee Baker (dance-1,2)

{CDr; Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


    “Haven’t done much of any work this summer, been slow for me, just a couple of gigs after a May in which I played about 15 concerts.
    Feast or famine, it’s still that way for me.” —Glenn Spearman, letter to Roy Morris 91.09.01
    [Roy Morris long-hand correspondence 06.06.19]


91.09.12 + 09.13 • Marco Eneidi: The Marco Eneidi Coalition

Botticelli Records BOT1010 (CS) 1994; Botticelli 1010 (CD) 1994

September 12 & 13, 1991, 8:00pm to midnight / Live at No. Bias, North Bennington, VT

 1. Albert’s Ghost (Eneidi)
 2. Get Out (Eneidi)
 3. Diads (Jimmy Lyons)
 4. Ode for B.D. (Eneidi)
 5. Never (Jimmy Lyons)
  1:40
  9:50
 15:37
  8:25
 19:27

“A musical happening at the Bennington County Industrial Corporation building here
will be recorded [by Cotton Hill Studios] for Silkheart Records.” —Bennington Banner
—Article has a quartet without Spearman.

Marco Eneidi (as), Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), William Parker (b), Jackson Krall (dr)

{Botticelli 1010 CD; Bennington Banner Sep 12 p.11 + p.14}


91.09.21 • Raphé Malik Quintet with Glenn Spearman: Sirens Sweet and Slow

Outsounds 01972 (CD) 1994

September 21, 1991 / Mapleshade, Upper Marlboro, MD

 1. Tenor (Malik)   20:13

 “This was the third session and the only one with Glenn involved. They recorded
 a load of music with the quintet.”  —Michael Wilderman

Raphé Malik (tp),
Glenn Spearman (ts),
Brian Nelson (c-melody sax),
Larry Roland (b),
Dennis Warren (dr)

{Outsounds 01972; Igor Danilishen; Session date Michael Wilderman 08.03.14}


91.10.11 • Dennis Warren’s Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble: Legacy

FMRJE (no catalogue #) (CD) 2004

October 11, 1991 / Vermont Public Radio FM, unknown city, VT

 1. FMRJE Live at Vermont Public Radio FM USA   21:06

Glenn Spearman (ts),
Tor Yochai Snyder (elg),
Larry Roland (b, poetry),
Martin Gil (cga, perc),
Dennis Warren (dr, timb)

{Legacy CDr; Dennis Warren 05.03.12; www.fmrje.com}


91.10.27 • Dennis Warren’s Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble: Passport to Freedom

Cassette 1001 (CS) 1991; FMRJE CDr (no catalogue #) 1999
  • Dennis Warren’s Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble: Legacy
    FMRJE (no catalogue #) (CD) 2004
October 27, 1991 / Platinum Sound Studio, Jamaica Plain, MA
—Originally dated November 3.

 1. Passport to Freedom
 2. Jet Stream
 3. Search for Griots
 4. Eye in the Heart
 5. Future Now Music
 6. Chroma
 7. Alive & Strugglin’
 18:37
  5:29
  2:08
  9:51
 12:47
  7:59
  3:17

Legacy has tracks 1 and 2.

Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), Tor Yochai Snyder (elg),
Larry Roland (b, poetry), Martin Gil (cga, perc), Dennis Warren (dr, timb)

{FMRJE CDr; Dennis Warren; www.fmrje.com}


91.12.03 • Greg Goodman Band [SB]

December 3, 1991 / Woody Woodman’s Finger Palace, Berkeley, CA

 1. Threads

Greg Goodman (p), Glenn Spearman (ts), Ben Lindgren (b), Joe Sabella (dr)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


91.12.10 • Greg Goodman Band [SB]

December 10, 1991 / Woody Woodman’s Finger Palace, Berkeley, CA

 1. Threads

Greg Goodman (p), Glenn Spearman (ts), Ben Lindgren (b), Joe Sabella (dr)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


91.12.14 • Spearman & Lindgren Duo [SB]

December 14, 1991 / Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA

 1. composition/improvisation

Glenn Spearman (ts, p, bells), Ben Lindgren (b, perc), Shantee Baker (dance)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


91.12.16 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [AR—92:34]

December 16, 1991 / Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

 1. Horus, SD III
 2. Thinking of Frank
  Glenn Spearman announcement
 3. Straight Up, Straight Out
 58:08   (split track at 51:01)
 28:44   (followed by recording gap, track missing)

  4:52

Oakland Tribune feature article review the following month (Jan 13) has the first track as “Geronimo’s Song.”

“The concept of the Double Trio was born at Oakland’s second Improvisers Festival in 1990. Spearman had long admired the work
of his friend Larry Ochs, of the Rova Saxophone Quartet—‘a hellified horn player,’ Glenn says. Ochs was at the festival with the new
music trio ‘Room,’ with pianist Chris Brown and percussionist William Winant. ... Spearman was appearing with bassist Ben Lindgren
and Donald Robinson (90.11.16). They decided to combine all these players to create the Double Trio. The band played its first gig at
San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall in December of ’91.” —Kevin Whitehead’s bio of Glenn, from the Mystery Project CD

“A special concert occurring around the date of the 30th anniversary of Ornette Coleman’s ground-breaking LP Free Jazz was planned
for San Francisco; the formation of a double trio to play music in the spirit of Coleman’s double quartet seemed ‘a natural.’”
—Glenn Spearman at the ROVA Saxophone Quartet Web Site at www.rova.org.

Glenn Spearman (ts, fl, Comp), Larry Ochs (ts, sss), Chris Brown (p, synth), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

{Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; 2CDr, track detailing Gerhard Goral 06.05.07; The San Francisco Examiner Dec 15 “Datebook” p.44 + p.53;
Oakland Tribune Jan 13, 1992 p.B2; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21; Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13}


1992 : : :


    “Spearman received a ‘Goldie’ award from the San Francisco Bay Guardian in 1992 for taking ‘fringe music to the future.’” [web resource]


: : : Two unissued sessions, with notation by Igor Danilishen : : :


92.01.11 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [AR—42:25]

January 11, 1992, 9:30pm / The Heinz Afterworld Lounge, Oakland, CA

 1. S. D. III—Horus—Straight Up, Straight Out
  Glenn Spearman announcement
 41:40   (Continuous set)
  0:45

“Two Sets.” —Eleanor Lindgren

Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (ts, sss), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson and William Winant (perc)

{Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; CDr; Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Oakland Tribune Jan 5 “7 Days” pull-out, p.2A + Jan 13 review p.B2}


92.01.14 • Glenn Spearman Quintet [BR—47:46]

January 14, 1992 / KPFA-FM Studio, Berkeley, CA
—Live Broadcast

 1. Geronimo’s Song or Lester’s Interview
  radio announcement
 47:20
  0:26

Glenn Spearman (ts), J.R. Routhier (g), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson and Spirit (perc)

{CDr; The San Francisco Examiner Jan 14 p.C9}



The performances on these discs have been culled from a tape that came to my possession in February, 1992, when I was Greyhounding
coast to coast all the way from New York to Seattle and then up to Vancouver, where I visited with my friends at the Coastal Jazz & Blues
Society. After having stayed there for a month or so enjoying the local jazz scene (will never forget the Glass Slipper!), I felt that the
gravitational pull of the Golden Gate Bridge was not only especially strong, but actually irresistible there. Its image, inseparable from that
of the Beautiful City of San Francisco, had haunted me all through the years of my life behind the Potato Curtain. I was in Vancouver
when I first heard the name of Glenn Spearman from John Orysik, my Ukrainian friend who was at the time the PR man with Coastal Jazz
& Blues. “You go crash on Glenn Spearman. He’s our man and he’s played DuMaurier. He’s an incredibly decent cat and will harbor this
undocumented alien.”

Glenn lived at that time in Oakland, within walking distance from Berkeley. It wasn’t exactly a wealthy man’s house, but a hip place actually
owned (or rented) by Don Robinson, Glenn’s drummer, who lived there with his son. I called them from the Greyhound station. Don gave
me instructions on how to get there. I got there. I brought them a bottle of Ukrainian vodka with a red pepper on the bottom. I told them
my story. I told them how much I wanted to see THE BRIDGE. Glenn’s voice is still in my ears: “Just listen to what this Ukrainian
gentleman has to say.” With Don’s blessing, I stayed.

Don had just bought a computer and was glued to it day and night. Glenn was getting ready for a gig in San Francisco and was pretty busy
with his horn. I had the privilege of hearing him practicing. His sound was big and warm. He had an old cassette tape recorder, without a lid,
and a bunch of tapes. I remember he was playing them loud, putting treble to the max and cutting most of the bass. ... “This is the way I like
it, man.” He would slam a tape in, “check this out, this is Frank Wright, he’s my main man. ... Now check this one out, this pianist’s name
is Cecil Taylor. Ever heard of Cecil? I have played with him.” I answered that I’ve heard of Cecil Taylor. I said I loved Conquistador
and Dark to Themselves and added that Cecil was playing beautiful music. “THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SIR!!” He almost embraced me.
That was as analytical as we got discussing the music of Cecil Taylor.

On the next morning, we took a long walk along Telegraph, all the way into Berkeley. Glenn showed me where the “Amoeba” and “Rasputin”
stores were. He also pointed me to a spot from which one could see THE BRIDGE in the distance. My first glimpse of the craved civil
engineering wonder. ... We had a pizza. We met some of his friends, including his bassist with the double trio Ben Lindgren, who also is an
accomplished artist. Ben was extremely friendly and invited me over to his place on Deakin Street in Berkeley, where I later spent a few
days enjoying his hospitality. Ben had a reel tape machine in his home and hundreds of tapes of live and radio performances. So he put one
of them on a TDK IEC Type-IV and gave it to me to take back to Ukraine. I had a friend in Kiev who had produced, among others, ROVA’s
performances during their tour of Russia back in 1983. The intention was to give the tape to him so that he could check it out and possibly
help arrange Glenn’s trip to Ukraine some time in the future.

Alas, that never came to be, because my dear friend Alexander Filatov was already sick and was living on borrowed time. ... He died of
cancer in 1994. So I kept the tape you are listening to now. Neither of these performances have been released. This humble home production
is my expression of love for Glenn Spearman and is a limited edition of 1 (one) 2-CD set made for solely informational purposes, to be used
by his discographers. Glenn also gave me his self-produced LP Night After Night (MusaPhysics)—duets with Don Robinson—and a tape of
Utterance, which I believe came out on Cadence recently. ... “We load our emissary and send him back to Ukraine.”

On the last night of my stay with Glenn and Don, I was already in bed when Glenn came home late.
—“How is it going, Igor? Have you seen the Golden Gate Bridge?”
—“I walked all the way to Marin County and back.”
—“Good man!”

The photo on the cover was taken in February, 1992, during the Glenn Spearman Trio’s gig in a downtown club (the name escapes me) in
San Francisco. Ben Lindgren can be seen on the right, and Don Robinson is hiding behind Glenn. It was power play all through, like there
was no tomorrow. Actually, there wasn’t much of it left for our friend Glenn.

—Igor Danilishen, from Ukraine with Love


—Photo courtesy Igor Danilishen, at Elbo Room, 92.02.08


92.02.08 • Glenn Spearman Trio with J.R. Routhier [SB]

February 8, 1992 / Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA

 1. “Two Sets”

Glenn Spearman (ts, Tibetan bells, voc), J.R. Routhier (g), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (perc)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


  • 92.02.22 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b),
    Donald Robinson and William Winant (perc) / 9:00 & 10:30pm, Koncept’s Cultural Gallery, Oakland, CA
    [Oakland Tribune Feb 21 p.B1]

92.02.29 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

February 29, 1992 9:00 & 10:30pm / Koncept’s Cultural Gallery, Oakland, CA

 1. “Two Sets”

Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson and William Winant (perc)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13, Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; The San Francisco Examiner Feb 28 p.D15 + D17}


92.03.12 • Glenn Spearman Quintet [SB]

March 12, 1992 / I-Beam, San Francisco, CA

 1. “Two Sets”

Glenn Spearman (ts), J.R. Routhier (g), Ben Lindgren (b), Spirit (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13, Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; Igor Danilishen forever}


92.03.19 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio Minus One [SB]

March 19, 1992 / Heinz Afterworld Lounge, Oakland, CA
—Lindgren Archive has this as the 20th.

 1. “Two Sets”

Glenn Spearman (ts), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson and William Winant (perc)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13, Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; Igor Danilishen forever; Oakland Tribune Mar 15 p.5A}


92.04.04 • Glenn Spearman Quartet [SB]

April 4, 1992 / New Zone Gallery, Eugene, OR

 1... compositions/improvisations

Glenn Spearman (ts), J.R. Routhier (g), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (perc)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


92.05.27 • Spearman Foley Lindgren Trio [Rehearsal Recording]

May 27, 1992 / Lindgren Studios, Berkeley, CA

 1. “2nd Rehearsal”

Glenn Spearman (ts, voc), Jack Foley (g, voc), Ben Lindgren (b, voc)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


  • 92.06.09 - Lisle Ellis & Glenn Spearman Duo: Spearman (ts), Ellis (b) / Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA
    [David Rubien “Lisle Ellis—Canadian Bass Player Follows Heart to Jazz” The San Francisco Examiner Jun 7 “Datebook” p.44]
  • 92.06.11 - Glenn Spearman’s G-Force: James Routhier (g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr) / Olive Oil’s, San Francisco, CA [ibid]

92.06.13 • Glenn Spearman’s G-Force [AR—59:13]

June 13, 1992 / Heinz Afterworld Lounge, Oakland, CA

 1. composition/improvisation
 2. Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez)
 3. Short Peace—Geronimo’s Song
 25:21
 17:15
 16:26   (continuous)

Glenn Spearman (ts), James Routhier (g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

{CDr, track detailing Gerhard Goral 06.05.07; The San Francisco Examiner Jun 7 p.44}


  • 92.06.19 + 06.20 (1) - Spearman, Ellis, and Heward: Glenn Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis (b), John Heward (dr) /
    du Maurier International Jazz Festival, Glass Slipper, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    [The Province Jun 23 p.C4; Cadence Vol.18 no.8 August 1992, p.20]
    “Reunited to play burning after-hours sets at Vancouver’s jazz festival in 1992.”
    —Kevin Whitehead’s bio of Glenn, from the Mystery Project CD

92.07.06 • Spearman–Foley–Lindgren Trio [BR—59:02]

  • University of California, San Diego, Mandeville Special Collections Library, Listening copy SPL-1395
July 6, 1992 / KPFA-FM Studio, Berkeley, CA
—Live Broadcast, “Mob Ecstasy” Poetry and Jazz Program

 1. composition/improvisation
 2. Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez)
 3. Short Peace—Geronimo’s Song
 25:21
 17:15
 16:26]   (continuous piece)

“I knew Spearman and participated with him and Lindgren in some memorable poetry and jazz sessions, one of which was recorded
and broadcast on KPFA in Berkeley. Discussing his methods of improvisation, Spearman said to me, ‘Any individual note refers
simultaneously to a number of keys.’ I immediately thought of James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, in which any individual word
refers simultaneously, by puns, to a number of contexts. Spearman’s remark seemed to me Joycean thinking applied to music,
so it came as no surprise when he told me that he was an enthusiastic reader of Joyce, and particularly of Finnegan’s Wake.
—Jack Foley Glenn Spearman, The Musa-Physics: Myth—Science—Poetics, Ascension Publication, from The Alsop Review

Glenn Spearman (ts, fl, p, voc), Jack Foley (g, voc), Ben Lindgren (b, perc, voc)

{Mandeville Special Collections; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13}


92.07.18 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

July 18, 1992 / Konfrontationen Festival, Nickelsdorf, Austria

 1. Horus
 2. SD III
 3. Thinking of Frank

“The Double Trio ... made its first trip to Europe in July of 1992” —Glenn Spearman at the ROVA Saxophone Quartet Web Site at www.rova.org.

Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (ts, sss), Chris Brown (p, DX7, elec), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; www.rova.org;
Chris Brown, Selected Performances from the Mills College Archives at www.mills.edu}


92.08.18 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

August 18, 1992 / Slim’s, San Francisco, CA

 1... compositions/improvisations

Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (ts, sss), Chris Brown (p, DX7, elec), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

{Jesse Hamlin “Something Else: Daily Datebook” The San Francisco Examiner Aug 18 “Datebook” p.9;
Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13, Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


    After extensive rehearsals and another half-dozen gigs in California and Europe, the [Double Trio] went into their studio.
    —Kevin Whitehead’s bio of Glenn, from the Mystery Project CD

92.08.20 + 08.21 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Mystery Project

Black Saint 120147-1 (LP) 1993; 120147-2 (CD) 1993 IT

August 20 & 21, 1992 / Bay Recording, Berkeley, CA

 1. Straight Up, Straight Out (Spearman)
 2. Double Image (Ochs)
 3. Horus (Spearman)
 4. S. D. III (Spearman)
 5. Thinking of Frank (Spearman)
  7:54
 14:40
 21:54
 12:08
 11:16

Glenn Spearman (ts—right channel),
Larry Ochs (ts, sss—left channel),
Chris Brown (p, DX7), Ben Lindgren (b),
Donald Robinson (dr—left channel),
William Winant (dr—right channel)

{Black Saint 120147-2}




  • 92.08.26 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts, perc),
    Chris Brown (digital piano), Spirit (dr, perc) /
    Father Boeddeker Park, The Tenderloin, San Francisco, CA
    [Dave Anderson 12.02.23]


  • “Spearman began at Mills as a guest lecturer for a
    freshwoman seminar presented by David Bernstein
    and Thomas Strychacz in 1992. ‘The minute Glenn
    started talking,’ said Bernstein, ‘we knew he was
    a gifted teacher.’ Spearman joined Mills in 1993
    and took on the Creative Music Tradition class where
    he lectured on jazz greats like John Coltrane, Ornette
    Coleman, Billie Holiday, and Sun Ra.
    Spearman was also a great help to his colleagues.
    ‘Glenn helped develop their improvisational skills
    within a context close to the African American
    tradition,’ said Bernstein, who regarded Spearman
    as ‘a mentor for those folks in our department.’”
    —“Bay Area Artists of the Diaspora: Glenn Spearman,”
    Mills College Archives at www.mills.edu




    Cover California Jazz Now
    October, 1992 / Berkeley Store Gallery


    Photo by Eleanor Lindgren.



    92.11.05 • Glenn Spearman’s G-Force [AR—74:22]

    November 5, 1992, 8:30pm / Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

     1. Operation at the Level of the Phrase
     2. composition/improvisation
     3. Geronimo’s Song
     4. Horus (Spearman)
     5. GS announcement—Lyons Roar
     16:37
     17:33
     16:51
     14:33
      8:45

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), James Routhier (g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {CDr, track detailing by Gerhard Goral 06.05.07; The San Francisco Examiner Nov 1 “Datebook” p.9}


    • 92.11.06 - Three-Way Freeway: Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), Don Paul (poetry) /
      8:00pm, Berkeley Gallery Store, Berkeley, CA [The San Francisco Bay Guardian Nov 4 p.52]
    • 92.11.13 - “Glenn Spearman Trio”: likely as below / The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Nov 13 p.D17]
    • 92.11.15 + 11.22 - Glenn Spearman & Lisle Ellis with Raphé Malik: Spearman (ts), Malik (tp), Ellis (b) /
      8:00pm, Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA [The San Francisco Bay Guardian Nov 11 p.50 + Nov 18 p.56]

    92.12.04 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

    December 4, 1992, 8:00pm / Concert Hall, Mills College, Oakland, CA

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (p, elec), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; The San Francisco Bay Guardian Dec 2 p.68}


    1993 : : :


      “Sax player Glenn Spearman came to Alan and asked about the availability of Radio Valencia for a last-minute Sunday performance
      by visiting trumpet player Raphé Malik. The Malik-Spearman show was so successful that it spawned a Sunday series of Spearman
      sessions with various musicians. Spearman still regularly plays Radio Valencia with his bands G-Force and the Glenn Spearman
      Double Trio. ... The Sunday experimental and improvisational jazz series is a fixture.”
      [Michael Snyder “Sunday Datebook” The San Francisco Chronicle October 16, 1994 p.39]

    • 93.01.03 - Glenn Spearman & Lisle Ellis Duo: Spearman (ts), Ellis (b) / 8:00pm, Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
      [The San Francisco Bay Guardian Dec 30 p.31]
    • 93.01.10 - Glenn Spearman & Donald Robinson Duo: Spearman (ts), Robinson (dr) / 8:00pm, Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
      [The San Francisco Bay Guardian Jan 6 p.33 + p.36]

      “The Spearman sessions, led by the esteemed saxophonist, composer, and local dynamo of improvised music, ... presents weekly
      duets and trios between said tenorman and a host of bassists, drummers, guitarists, saxophonists, and even the occasional poet.
      The sessions run through Feb. 28.” —The San Francisco Bay Guardian (Jan 6)
    • 93.01.17 - Glenn Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis (b) & Kash Killion (ce) / 8:00pm, Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Jan 17 “Datebook” p.9]

    93.01.24 • Glenn Spearman & James Routhier Duo [AR—72:12]

    January 24, 1993, 8:00pm / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA

     1. composition/improvisation
     2. untitled
     3. Lyons Roars (Spearman)
     4. July ’87
     5. Room 2
     6. composition/improvisation
     7. Geronimo’s Song (Spearman)
     8. Good News Blues (Jimmy Lyons)
     10:02
      9:05
     10:02
      9:42
     10:13
      9:40
      9:37
      3:48

    Glenn Spearman (ts), James Routhier (g)

    {CDr, track detailing Gerhard Goral 06.05.07}


    93.01.31 • Glenn Spearman Trio [SB]

    January 31, 1993, 8:00pm / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; The San Francisco Examiner Jan 31 “Datebook” p.9}


    • 93.02.07 - Glenn Spearman (ts), Ben Lindgren (b), Jack Foley (poetry) / 8:00pm, Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
      [Oakland Tribune Feb 7 p.2; Cadence Vol.19 no.3 March 1993 p.4]
    • 93.02.14 - Glenn Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr) / 8:00pm, Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
      The San Francisco Examiner Feb 14 “Datebook” p.9; Cadence Vol.19 no.3 March 1993 p.4]
    • 93.02.21 - Glenn Spearman (ts), Chris Brown (p, synth), William Winant (perc) / 8:00pm, Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Feb 21 “Datebook” p.9; Cadence Vol.19 no.3 March 1993 p.4]
    • 93.02.28 - Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds) / 8:00pm, Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Feb 28 “Datebook” p.9; Cadence Vol.19 no.3 March 1993 p.4]

    93.03.00 • Cecil Taylor Birthday Concert [AVR]

    March, 1993 / Science and Music Seminar (MIT), New England Conservatory, Boston, MA

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), Trudy Morse (poetry, voc), “Cecil Taylor Birthday Concert—students”

    {www.the-temple.net/trudy/videos-tapes.html, since removed from the Web}


      “A May in which I played about 15 concerts.” —Glenn Spearman, letter to Roy Morris 91.09.01
      [Morris long-hand correspondence 06.06.19]

    93.05.14 • Glenn Spearman & Larry Ochs Duo [AR—60:20]

    May 14, 1993, 8:00pm / Berkeley Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

      1st Set:
     1. Open (Spearman)
     2. Arista Africa Napata (Spearman)
     3. Next Seen (Ochs)
     4. Mothers (Ayler)
      2nd Set:
     5. Painless (Ochs)
     6. Celestial Source (Spearman)
     7. Asaph (Spearman)

     10:43
      9:51
      7:25
     10:47   (cut-out from 1:11 to 1:40, probable tape flip)

      7:42
      6:52
      2:25

    —Ochs’ tape has “Forward Lookin’ (Spearman)” listed first in the 2nd Set, but it leads with “Painless.”

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (ts, ss)

    {CDr; Master Ochs' correspondence; The San Francisco Examiner May 9 “Datebook” p.14 + May 14 p.D13}


    • 93.05.23 - Four Into Three: Spearman (ts, fl), James Routhier (g), Donald Robinson (dr) / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
      [Graham Connah 03.03.12; The San Francisco Examiner May 23 “Datebook” p.9]
    • 93.05.28 - Glenn Spearman (ts) & Lisle Ellis (b) Duo / 8:00pm, Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner May 28 p.E13]
    • 93.05.30 - Four Into Three: Spearman (ts, fl), James Routhier (g), Donald Robinson (dr) / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner May 30 “Datebook” p.9]
    • 93.06.04 - Glenn Spearman (ts) & Donald Robinson (dr) Duo / 8:00pm, Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Jun 4 p.D13]

    93.06.00 • Lisle Ellis: Elevations

    Les Disques Victo Victo CD027 (CD) 1994 CAN

    June, 1993 / Mobius Music, San Francisco, CA

     1. Ground take 1 (Ellis)
     2. Lacuna (dedicated to Jimmy Lyons) (Ellis)
     3. Life Cycle (Ellis)
     4. Reach (Ellis, McPhee, Cauley, Robinson)
     5. P.B.’s Parable (Ellis)
     6. Arc (Ellis, McPhee, Cauley, Robinson)
     7. Mothers (Albert Ayler)
     8. Re: Call (Ellis)
     9. Ground take 2 (Ellis)
     12:07
      6:01
      5:15
      3:54
      4:58
      2:47
      6:05
      8:23
     12:08

    Glenn Spearman (ts-all except 4,6), Larry Ochs (ts and sss-all except 4,6,7),
    Joe McPhee (ts-7, ss-all except 4,6,7, tb-4,6), Christopher Cauley (as-all except 7),
    James Ruthier (elg-3,5,8), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Victo CD 27}


    93.06.11 • ROVA Plus 4 [AVR—50:00]

    June 11, 1993, 8:15pm / Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, CA

     1. Figure Eight   50:00

    Larry Ochs, Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, and Jon Raskin (reeds),
    + Guests Glenn Spearman (ts), Dave Barrett, Vinny Golia, and Tim Berne (reeds)

    {Video; Graham Connah 03.03.12; The San Francisco Examiner Jun 11 p.D8 + p.D13}


    93.06.12 • Figure Eight [AR—90:00]

    June 12, 1993 / Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, CA

     1... compositions/improvisations   90:00

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs, Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Jon Raskin, Dave Barrett, Vinny Golia, and Tim Berne (reeds)

    {William Dennehy 03.10.14}


    • 93.06.18 - Glenn Spearman (ts) & James Routhier (g) Duo / Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Jun 18 p.E13]

    93.06.27 • Lisle Ellis Trio + Septet [AVR—89:01]

    June 27, 1993 / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA

      2nd Set: (Septet)
     3. composition/improvisation
     4. Ground
     5. Recall
     6. composition/improvisation
     7. Lacuna

      8:05
     13:46   (incomplete, fades in)
     13:05
      6:50
      7:07

    —First set was a trio of Ellis, McPhee, and Robinson.

    Joe McPhee (ts, ss, vtb), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr),
    + Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (ts, sss), Christopher Cauley (as), James Routhier (g)

    {Video; Graham Connah 03.03.12; Jakob Blumenthal 10.02.22}


    • 93.07.08 - President’s Breakfast; Glenn Spearman (ts), Dred Scott (keys, perc), Nate Pitts (b), Click Dark (dr, lead hair) /
      DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA
      “I’m pretty sure we played another time or two...” [Bill Langton 02.12.14]

    93.07.09 • Spearman–Lindgren Duo [SB & AVR]

    July 9, 1993, 8:00pm / Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA

     1. Bicycle Sculptures

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Ben Lindgren (b)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; The San Francisco Examiner Jul 9 p.C2 + D15}


    • 93.07.16 - Glenn Spearman (ts) & Carol Isaacs (fl) Duo / Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Jul 16 p.E13]

    93.07.24 • Raphé Malik Quintet [BR—42:37]

    July 24, 1993 / National Art Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

     1. Ballad (Jimmy Lyons)
     2. composition/improvisation
     3. AB (Malik)
     4. composition/improvisation
     5. composition/improvisation
      6:08
     10:01
     10:32   (incomplete, fades out)
     10:48
      5:08

    Raphé Malik (tp), Glenn Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), Larry Roland (b), Dennnis Warren (dr, perc)

    {CDr; Heinrich Smejkal 03.07.25; track detailing Gerhard Goral 06.05.07}


      “Working in Canada, San Francisco, Austria, Holland, getting around a bit working Double Trio and my new band G-Force,
      plus with Raphé Malik Quintet, plus lots of duets, locally about 14 this year. ... I’m here in California, the best scene in improv
      in America is the San Francisco Bay Area right now. I’ve worked Great American Music Hall and Slim’s, two big rock houses,
      had over 200 people to the Double Trio at Slim’s, mixing with the hip-hop acid-jazz boys. Incredible.”
      —Glenn Spearman, letter to Roy Morris 93.08.13
      [Roy Morris long-hand correspondence 06.06.19]

    • 93.08.09 - Glenn Spearman’s G-Force: Spearman (ts), James Routhier (g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr) /
      8:00pm, Yoshi’s Keystone Korner, Oakland, CA [The Sacramento Bee Aug 8 “Encore” p.29]

    93.08.28 • Figure 8 (ROVA Plus 4) [SB—84:20]

    August 28, 1993 / Saalfelden Jazz Festival, Saalfelden, Austria

      soundcheck, intro
     1. Headcount
     2. Initials
     3. Triceratops
     4. composition/improvisation
     5. Tracers
      4:05
      4:05
     19:10
     26:40   (split track at 17:20)
      2:35
     21:25

    “Saalfelden Festival celebrates Rova’s 15th touring season with performance of Figure 8 (Rova plus 4 more saxophonists).”

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Bruce Ackley (ss), Larry Ochs, Steve Adams, Jon Raskin, Dave Barrett, Vinny Golia, and Tim Berne (reeds)

    {2CDr; www.rova.org Time Line; Heinrich Smejkal 02.12.18}


    93.09.19 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

    Sepember 19, 1993 / Monterey Jazz Festival, Garden Stage, Monterey, CA

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (ts, ss), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13, Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; Chris Brown, Selected Performances, Mills College Archives at www.mills.edu;
    The San Francisco Examiner Sep 14 p.C2 + Sep 19 “Datebook” p.9 + Sep 19 p.C4}


    93.10.08 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio: October 8, 1993

    SFSU Poetry Center, no cat# (VHS)
    • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]
    October 8, 1993, 8:00pm / New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

     1. Compositions for Bedouin Hornbook   55:00

     Co-sponsored with Small Press Distribution, this event, titled “Musical Impressions of the Bedouin Hornbook,” incorporates text and music
     in an original concert piece based on Nathaniel Mackey’s Bedouin Hornbook.”

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl, Comp), Larry Ochs (ts, sss), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson and William Winant (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13, Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; www.sfsu.edu/˜poetry/archives/s.html; The San Francisco Examiner Oct 8 p.D11 + D17}


    93.10.20 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

    October 20, 1993, 8:00pm / Earshot World Jazz Festival, OK Hotel, Seattle, WA

     “2 Sets”

    —Chris Brown’s Selected Performances, from the Mills College Archives at www.mills.edu, has this as 1994 (when Spearman was in Europe).

    “The Glenn Spearman Double Trio appeared in a dark loft at the top of the OK Hotel where grunge bands usually play.”

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (ts, ss), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13, Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; Glenn Spearman at the ROVA Saxophone Quartet Web Site, www.rova.org;
    Earshot Jazz v.9 no.9 October 1993 p.4; Down Beat February 1, 1994 p.65}


    • 93.10.21 (1) - Larry Ochs & Glenn Spearman Workshop / 2:00pm, Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, BC, Canada
      [The Vancouver Sun Oct 21 p.F9]

    93.10.21 (2) • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

    October 21, 1993, 9:30pm / Time Flies Festival, Glass Slipper, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Down Beat February 1, 1994 p.65 had this mistakenly taking place in November; The Vancouver Sun had “Double Duo.”

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (ts, ss), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; The Vancouver Sun Oct 21 p.F9}


    93.10.22 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

    October 22, 1993, 12:30am / Time Flies Festival, Glass Slipper, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (ts, ss), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {ibid}


    93.10.23 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

    October 23, 1993, 8:00pm / W.O.W. Hall, Community Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, OR

     “2 Sets”

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (ts, ss), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13, Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; Salem Statesman Journal Oct 22 “Rain or Shine” p.16}


    93.11.08 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Smokehouse

    Black Saint 120157-2 (CD) 1994 IT
    —1st Session [See also 93.11.10]

    November 8, 1993 / Kimball’s Carnival, Emeryville, CA

     1. Painted with Lightning
     2. Asaph
     18:21
      4:56

    Glenn Spearman (ts—right channel, Comp),
    Larry Ochs (ts, sss—left channel),
    Chris Brown (p—right channel),
    Ben Lindgren (b),
    Donald Robinson (dr—left channel),
    William Winant (dr—right channel)

    {Black Saint 120157-2}


    93.11.09 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [AR & SR—60:03]

    November 9, 1993 / Kimball’s Carnival, Emeryville, CA

     1. No! (Ochs)
     2. Axe, Beautiful Acts—Intake (Spearman)
     3. Operation at the Level of the Phrase (Spearman)
     4. Painted with Lightning (Spearman)
     5. Celestial Source (Spearman)
     6. announcement Ochs... Asaph (Spearman)
      3:35
     10:20
     16:57
     19:01
      4:26
      5:40

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (ts, sss), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson, William Winant (dr)

    {CDr, track detailing Gerhard Goral 06.05.07; Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


    93.11.10 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Smokehouse

    Black Saint 120157-2 (CD) 1994 IT
    —2nd Session [See also 93.11.08]

    November 10, 1993 / Bay Studios, Berkeley, CA

     1. Axe, Beautiful Acts—In-take (Spearman)
     2. No! (Ochs)
     3. Celestial Source (Spearman)
     4. Operation at the Level of the Phrase (Spearman)
     5. Axe, Beautiful Acts—Out-take (Spearman)
     12:42
      5:01
      5:03
     18:22
     10:46

    Glenn Spearman (ts—right channel), Larry Ochs (ts, sss—left channel),
    Chris Brown (p—right channel), Ben Lindgren (b),
    Donald Robinson (dr—left channel), William Winant (dr—right channel)

    {Black Saint 120157-2}


    93.11.14 • John Tchicai’s “Too Many Doors” [AR—8:01]

    November 14, 1993 / 3:00pm, Bannam Place Theater, San Francisco, CA

      announcement, baby steps across the stage
     1. What To Do About (Jimmy Lyons)
     0:46
     6:29

    “Lisle Ellis’ infant, who constantly made noise and wandered the stage...” —Glenn Ito 16.11.10

    Glenn Spearman and John Tchicai (ts), Mark Oi (g), Lisle Ellis (b)

    {Glenn Ito—www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4bbqcMm_mE; The San Francisco Examiner Nov 14 “Datebook” p.9}


    From the defunct Opprobrium magazine:
    John Tchicai: I organized a series of concerts in 1993 at a small theater in San Francisco’s North Beach district. We did
    four weekends there with a different line-up of musicians on each date.
    Oppro: I saw one of those afternoon shows when you played with Glenn Spearman and Lisle Ellis—that was really good.
    JT: Oh yeah? I liked that one too. I also put on one show at the old Koncepts Kultural Gallery location. We played there
    as the Coyote Ensemble. Let’s see, what else.?
    [John Tchicai Interview by Mike Trouchon at dcn.davis.ca.us/˜jomnamo/rub_tchicai/page_inter.html]


    93.11.28 • Glenn Spearman’s G-Force [AVR—50:00]

    November 28, 1993 / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
    —Date given incorrectly as 93.11.14.

     1... compositions/improvisations   50:00

    Glenn Spearman (ts), James Routhier (g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Video; Graham Connah 03.03.12; The San Francisco Examiner Nov 28 “Datebook” p.9}


    93.12.08 • Figure 8 (Rova x 4) [AR]

    December 8, 1993 / Münich, Germany

     1... compositions/improvisations   74:51

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (ts, sss), Bruce Ackley (ts, ss), Dave Barrett (ts, as, sxl),
    Tim Berne (as, bar), Steve Adams and Jon Raskin (as, sss, bar), Vinny Golia (bar, ss, sss, bsx)

    {CDr}


    • 93.12.26 - “Glenn Spearman Group with Marco Eneidi”: Spearman (ts), Eneidi (as), probably Lisle Ellis (b) and Donald Robinson (dr), others? /
      9:00pm, Yoshi’s Nightspot, Oakland, CA [The Press Democrat Dec 26 “On Q” p.25; The San Francisco Examiner Dec 26 “Datebook” p.14]

    1994 : : :


    94.00.00 • Glenn Spearman Quartet [AR—49:21]

    “1994 or 1995” / Heinz Club, Oakland, CA

     1. Jerry (Frank Wright)
     2. Double Image—Horus—SD III
     10:31
     38:50   (continuous, cuts in at beginning)

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Henry Kaiser, Bruce Anderson, and Jim O'Rourke (g)

    {CDr, track detailing Gerhard Goral 06.05.07}


    94.01.00 (2) • Figure 8 (Rova x 4) [AR—90:00]

    January, 1994 / Koncepts, Oakland, CA

     1... compositions/improvisations   90:00

    Larry Ochs, Bruce Ackley, Jon Raskin, and Glenn Spearman (reeds), Dave Barrett, Steve Adams, Vinny Golia, and Tim Berne (more reeds)

    {Anonymous}


    94.01.18 • Figure 8 (Rova x 4) [BR]

    January 18, 1994 / Kimball’s Carnival, Emeryville, CA
    —KPFA-FM Broadcast on April 21, 1994, 9:00am on the Morning Concert Program.

     1... compositions/improvisations

     “I can’t begin to describe the strength of this group. ... They went into the studio the day after this show to attempt to document the band,
     but it’s going to be hard to capture the nuances and the power of eight strong saxophonists working together.”
     —Stewart Kremsky, Cadence

    Larry Ochs (ts, sss, Comp), Glenn Spearman (ts), Bruce Ackley (ts, ss), Dave Barrett (ts, as, sxl),
    Tim Berne (as, bar), Steve Adams and Jon Raskin (as, bar, sss), Vinny Golia (bar, ss, bsx, sss)

    {www.well.com/gopher/Communications/KPFA/folios/apr94lis.txt; The San Francisco Examiner Jan 16 “Datebook”p.14;
    Cadence Vol.20 no.2 March 1994 p.4}


    94.01.19 • Figure 8 (Rova x 4): Pipe Dreams

    Black Saint 120167-2 (CD) 1994

    January 19, 1994 / Bay Studios, Berkeley, CA
    —Recording date for this session from 94.01.18.

     1. Head Count—for Albert Ayler and Pete Townshend
     2. LG-[S-DB-J]TV—for Ray Charles and Steve Lacy
     3. Tracers—for Anthony Braxton and Morton Feldman
     4. Drmes—transcription of traditional Croatian song
     5. Triceratops—for Iannis Xenakis and Roscoe Mitchell
      3:37
     15:31
     27:07
      2:46
     25:24

    Larry Ochs (ts, sss, Comp), Glenn Spearman (ts), Bruce Ackley (ts, ss),
    Dave Barrett (ts, as, sxl), Steve Adams and Jon Raskin (as, bar, sss),
    Tim Berne (as, bar), Vinny Golia (ss, sss, bar, bsx)

    {Black Saint 120167-2; Stewart Kremsky, Cadence Vol.20 no.2 March 1994 p.4;
    www.well.com/gopher/Communications/KPFA/folios/apr94lis.txt}


    • 94.01.00 - Glenn Spearman Ensemble: Spearman (ts), David Gross (reeds), Raphé Malik (tp), George Langford (b), others... /
      Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, MA [Peter Gershon (Signal to Noise) Mar 23, 2003]
      “Glenn came to Hampshire College when I was a student there to teach a January-term class. ... This must have been January of 1994.
      His residency at Hampshire was organized by my classmate, saxophonist David Gross (of the Tautology label). ... The student ensemble also
      featured bassist George Langford, heard on Raphé Malik’s Short Form. I attended the concert presented at the end of the course, which took
      place at the Northampton Center for the Arts. I remember Malik came down from Brattleboro to perform.”
      —Peter Gershon

    94.01.28 • Glenn Spearman Solo [AR—24:56]

    January 28, 1994 / Bimbo’s, San Francisco, CA (opener for Charlie Hunter Trio)

     1. Ballad (Lyons)
     2. AB (Malik)
     3. What to Do About (Lyons)
     10:00
      8:06
      5:26

    Glenn Spearman (ts)

    {CDr; Jesse Hamlin “Daily Datebook: Lively Arts” The San Francisco Examiner Jan 25 p.E2}


    94.01.30 • Glenn Spearman Trio [SB]

    January 30, 1994 / La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


    94.02.06 • Paul Plimley Trio [AR—47:34]

    February 6, 1994 / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA

     1. Plimley-Ellis Duo 1
     2. Plimley-Ellis Duo 2
     3. composition/improvisation
     12:56
     18:27
     16:10   (with guest Spearman)

    Paul Plimley (p), Glenn Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis (b)

    {David Rubien “Surprise Hit at Vancouver Fest—Paul Plimley Brings Jazz Wizardry to S.F.” The San Francisco Examiner Feb 6 “Datebook” p.36;
    William Dennehy 03.10.14; Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21}


    • 94.02.08 - Glenn Spearman: no personnel details / Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA [Cadence Vol.20 no.2 February 1994 p.4]

    94.02.15 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

    February 15, 1994 / Jazz Without Walls Series, I-Beam, San Francisco, CA

     1... compositions/improvisations

    “After a number of dark months, the I-Beam has begun to present shows again. A series at the club called ‘Jazz Without Walls’
    featured Don Cherry, Peter Apfelbaum, and Glenn Spearman in concert.” —Michael Snyder

    Cadence Vol.20 no.3 March 1994 p.32 also has President’s Breakfast playing this night, a possible source of the Spearman
     recording used on President’s Breakfast: III C 95.00.00 (2)

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (ts), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson and William Winant (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13, Ben Lindgren Recording Archive;
    Michael Snyder The San Francisco Examiner Feb 27 “Datebook” p.41}


    • 94.03.05 - Glenn Spearman’s G-Force: Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), James Routhier (g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr) /
      Merchant’s, Oakland, CA [Cadence Vol.20 no.4 April 1994 p.107]

    94.03.09 • Glenn Spearman Trio [AR—15:30]

    March 9, 1994 / Broadway Jazzland, Sacramento, CA

     1. Mothers (Albert Ayler)
     2. Ballada (Jimmy Lyons)
     8:28
     7:02

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Glenn Ito, www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxivVZ85Y9M}


    • 94.03.20 - “Black Birds Boogie In The Black Moonlight,” a performance poem: Wayne Corbitt (poetry, performance), Glenn Spearman (ts) /
      For Black People Series, 7:30pm, La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Mar 18 p.D12 + Mar 20 “Datebook” p.16; Oakland Tribune Mar 20 p.A15]
    • 94.03.27 - Larry Ochs (reeds), Glenn Spearman (ts), and Victoria Jordanova (p, harp, elec) / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Mar 27 “Datebook” p.16]
    • 94.04.29 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr), + possibly Marco Eneidi (as) or Jame Routhier (g) /
      8:00pm, Mills College, Oakland, CA [The San Francisco Bay Guardian Apr 27 p.58]
    • 94.05.01 - Glenn Spearman’s G-Force: Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), James Routhier (g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr),
      + possibly Marco Eneidi (as) / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA [The San Francisco Examiner May 1 “Datebook” p.15]

    94.05.02 • Marco Eneidi Quartet [BR]

    May 2, 1994 / KPFA Performance Studio, Berkeley, CA

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Examiner listing has “Glenn Spearman Trio, Marco Eneidi, Steve Adams, Dave Barrett.”

    Marco Eneidi (as), Glenn Spearman (ts), Chris Brown (keys), Donald Robinson (perc)

    {www.well.com/gopher/Communications/KPFA/folios/may94lis.txt; The San Francisco Examiner May 1 “Datebook” p.15}


    94.05.03 • Glenn Spearman Trio with Marco Eneidi [SB]

    May 3, 1994, 10:30pm / Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; The San Francisco Bay Guardian Apr 27 p.62}


    94.05.00 (1) • Glenn Spearman: Free Worlds

    Black Saint 120207-2 (CD) 2000 IT
    —1st Session [See also 94.06.00; 94.12.00 (2); 95.06.00 (1)]

    “Early May,” 1994 / Mobius Music, San Francisco, CA

     1. Blare
     2. Field Before The Ram
     3. Graduation
     4. Lyons Roars
      9:20
     12:26
     10:03
     11:35

    Glenn Spearman (ts, Comp), Marco Eneidi (as), Raphé Malik (tp),
    “J.R.” Routhier (elg), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Black Saint 120207-2; Don Paul 06.01.04}


    94.05.06 • Glenn Spearman Group [SB]

    May 6, 1994 / Merchant’s, Oakland, CA

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman and Larry Ochs (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), Raphé Malik (tp), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


    94.05.00 (2) • Glenn Spearman’s G-Force: Let It Go

    Red Toucan Exuberance Series RT 9308-2 (CD) 1997 CAN
    • (V/A) amalgam(e) 10 ans de Red Toucan
      Red Toucan Records RT 9325 (2CD) 2004
    May, 1994 / Mobius Music, San Francisco, CA

     1. Geronimo’s Song (Spearman)
     2. July '87 (Spearman)
     3. Go Left Out Of Shantiville (Spearman)
     4. Short Peace (Spearman)
     5. Almost Shaft (Spearman)
     6. Mixed Bag (Spearman)
     7. Jerry (Frank Wright)
     8. Open
     14:13
      7:40
      6:14
      4:49
     10:55
     14:59
     14:13
       —   (Unissued)

    amalgam(e) 10 ans de Red Toucan Sampler has track 3.

    “There was an eighth (unissued) tune ‘Open.’”
    —Roy Morris long-hand correspondence 06.06.19

    Glenn Spearman (ts), James Routhier (g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {RT 9308-2; RT 9325}


    • 94.05.12 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b),
      William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr) / 9:00pm, Kimball’s Carnival (below Kimball’s East), Emeryville, CA
      [The San Francisco Bay Guardian May 4 display ad p.68]

    94.05.15 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

    May 15, 1994 / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA

     1. Wedding Day

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


    • 94.05.17 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), Matthew Goodheart (p), Donald Robinson (dr) / 8:00pm, Yoshi’s Nitespot, Oakland, CA
      [The San Francisco Bay Guardian May 15 “Datebook” p.17 + May 17 “CUE” p.3]

    94.05.21 • Glenn Spearman’s Double Trio [AR & SBR—59:38]

    May 21, 1994 / Festival de Musique de Actuelle Victoriaville, Colisee, Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada

     1. Straight Up, Straight Out
     2. Axe, Beautiful Acts
     3. Operation at the Level of the Phrase
     4. Double Image (Ochs)
     5. Celestial Source
     6. No! (Ochs)
     7. Painted with Lightning
     8. Straight Up, Straight Out
      5:52
      9:16
     14:00
     12:45
      4:38
      8:41
      1:51   (incomplete, cuts in)
      2:33

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (ts, ss), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {CDr, track detailing Gerhard Goral 06.05.07; Chris Brown, Selected Performances, from the Mills College Archives at www.mills.edu;
    Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


    94.06.00 • Glenn Spearman: Free Worlds

    Black Saint 120207-2 (CD) 2000 IT
    —2nd Session [See also: 94.05.00 (2); 94.12.00 (2); 95.06.00 (1)]

    “June 3, or close to that date” 1994 / Mobius Music, San Francisco, CA

     1. Long Forward Pasts (Ellis/Plimley/Robinson/Spearman)
     2. Pipes, Spirits & Bronze (Spearman)
     11:38
      5:53

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Paul Plimley (p), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Black Saint 120207-2; Don Paul 06.01.04}


    94.06.03 • Lisle Ellis: What We Live Fo(u)r

    Black Saint 120156-2 (CD) 1996 IT

    June 3, 1994 / Mobius Music, San Francisco, CA

     1. Addressing The Ancestors (Ellis)   3:05

    —Spearman only plays on this one of nine tracks on the disc.

    Glenn Spearman (ts, wood flute),
    Larry Ochs (ts),
    Lisle Ellis (b),
    Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Black Saint 120156-2}


    • 94.06.12 - “Black Birds Boogie In The Black Moonlight,” a performance poem: Wayne Corbitt (poetry, performance), Glenn Spearman (ts) /
      First Annual African American Performance Art Festival, “Local Heroes and Heroines of New Performance,”
      7:00pm, Theater Artaud, The San Francisco, CA [The San Francisco Examiner Mar 17 p.C4; Oakland Tribune Jun 1 “CUE” p.2]

      94.06.20 - Jazz In Flight’s Eric Dolphy Birthday Tribute: “Kash Killion, James Newton, John Tchicai, Anthony Brown, others...”
      Spearman present? / San Francisco, CA [Cadence Vol.20 no.8 August 1994 p.4 and p.109]

      94.06.30 + 07.03 - The Tom Lord Discography has a listing for (V/A) Rova Saxophone Quartet: Transparent Messenger, recorded at
      The Plasy Monastery in the Czech Republic on June 30 and July 3 of 1994, and released on CD in 1994 by the Hermit Foundation
      (catalogue #AV0057-2 931). Lord lists Spearman (ts), Dave Barrett (ts, as, sxl), Vinny Golia (bar, ss, bsx, ss), and Tim Berne (as, bar),
      none of whom are present on this recording which has the quartet of Larry Ochs, Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, and Jon Raskin.
      —Correction from Milos Vojtechovsky, Prague Center for Contemporary Arts, and discogs.com.

    • 94.07.13 - Glenn Spearman Solo / Yoshi’s Nitespot, Oakland, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Jul 10 “Datebook” p.18; Cadence Vol.20 no.8 August 1994 p.110]

    94.08.12 + 08.13 • John Tchicai & the Archetypes [AVR]

    August 12 & 13, 1994, 8:00pm / “Tribute to Sun Ra,” Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA

     1... compositions/improvisations

    —Uncertain if this recording was of one or both nights.

    “[Eddie Gale] did a tribute to Sun Ra shortly after Sun Ra’s death.” —Patty Waters Interview, Cadence

    John Tchicai, Ismael Navarette, and Michael Marcus (reeds), Glenn Spearman (ts), Chris Funkhauser (fl),
    Eddie Gale (tp), Mark Oi and Michael Grandi (g), Margriet Naber-Tchicai (keys), Jeff Simons (b),
    Basho Fujimoto (perc), Andrew Enberg (dr), Judith Holton (dance), Trudy Morse (poetry, voc)

    {www.the-temple.net/trudy/videos-tapes.html; Santa Cruz Sentinel Aug 12 “Spotlight” p.16; Cadence Vol.21 no.3 March 1995 p.23}


    • 94.08.19 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), Donald Robinson (dr), + unknown other / La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Aug 14 “Datebook” p.17 + Aug 19 p.C13]
    • 94.09.25 - Glenn Spearman’s G-Force: Spearman (ts), James Routhier (g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr) /
      Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA [The San Francisco Examiner Sep 25 “Datebook” p.16]
    • 94.09.26 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr) /
      10:00pm, DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA [The San Francisco Bay Guardian Sep 21 p.50]
    • 94.10.05 - Marco Eneidi Quartet with Glenn Spearman: Eneidi (as), Spearman (ts, fl), unknown others /
      8:00pm, Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA [The San Francisco Bay Guardian Oct 5 p.72; Oakland Tribune Oct 5 “CUE” p.2]


    • 94.10.10 - Interplanetary Threnody, a tribute to the myth/science/art of Sun Ra: Peter Apfelbaum (reeds, perc), Eddie Gale (tp),
      Vijay Iyer (p, vn), Miya Masaoka (koto), India Cooke (vn), Kash Killion (ce), Lisle Ellis (b), Trudy Morse (voc) Gino Robair (perc),
      “Joined at several points by Glenn Spearman (ts)” / Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA [Jim Newman 94.10.14; outerspaceways.info/forum/saturn/629]

      “Bay Area jazz did itself proud tonight at Yoshi’s, as this worldwide eclectic band paid tribute to Sun Ra with two completely outside sets.
      The lack of a true rhythm section (both drummers really being percussionists) made things a little slow to get moving at first, but once they
      did, this raged. Highlights included a blazing duo between Killion, who’s dazzling on cello, and Gale on trumpet, with Morse’s scat vocals
      buzzing like a hummingbird around them, a very ’70s Sun Ra solo from Iyer, a fascinating duo between Masaoka’s koto and the bassist,
      and several blazing all-band jams.” —Jim Newman

      —This session included “Chopin’s Prelude in A Major,” with Spearman, Apfelbaum, Gale, Iyer, Cooke, Killion, Ellis, Robair, and Morse.
       “Been away for three months on the road, with very successful performances. Chris Trent helped with the research into Chopin’s Prelude
       in A Major. I found the Chopin piece, distributed it to the John Coltrane Church, where it was performed at a Sunday prayer meeting
       (with Fred Harris at the piano). Again in Oakland at Yoshi’s.” —Trudy Morse
       [Trudy Morse 94.10.17 and 94.11.02 posting outerspaceways.info/forum/saturn/633]


      A five city tour of Europe. ... Ben Lindgren was still the bass player, not Lisle Ellis. I have recordings and photos. —Eleanor Lindgren.
      —Chris Brown, Selected Performances from the Mills College Archives at www.mills.edu, and the Glenn Spearman page
       at the ROVA Saxophone Quartet Web Site at www.rova.org both incorrectly list Lisle Ellis on bass for this tour.

    94.10.16 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

    October 16, 1994 / Rote Fabric, Zurich, Switzerland

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.09, 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


    94.10.18 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

    October 18, 1994 / Beck Forum, Ludwig Beck, München, Germany

     1... compositions/improvisations

    “The ‘Beck Forum’ ... [was] a series of cultural events sponsored and organised mostly by the department store Ludwig Beck at the center of Munich
    and by the city’s bureau of culture. The location was Ludwig Beck, Marienplatz 11. ... The concert was held at the ground floor. The goods and clothes
    were moved to the side and the concert could begin. All in all about a dozen concerts were staged at this place. (Archie Shepp, Han Bennink,
    Brötzmann, etc). Sadly the company has discarded all physical recollections of these events.
    I’m working there at the music-store at the fifth floor as buyer/seller at the Jazz department since 20 years. My old boss Manfred Scheffner was
    the head of the Jazz department and organised the concerts at Ludwig Beck. All above infos are from Manfred Scheffner and from myself.”
    —Ernst Nebhuth

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.09, 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; Ernst Nebhuth 16.11.15}


    94.10.19 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

    October 19, 1994 / Kolner Jazzhaus, Cologne, Germany

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.09, 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


    94.10.20 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

    October 20, 1994 / Kulturwerkstatt Kaserne, Basel, Switzerland

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.09, 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


    94.10.22 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

    October 22, 1994 / Jazz Galerie, Nickelsdorf, Austria

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.09, 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


    94.10.29 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

    October 29, 1994 / October Revolution II—The New-Edge Alternative Jazz Festival, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
    —Tony Brooke’s A&R Report mistakenly has the date as 94.10.27, but festival was the 28th and 29th..

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), Ben Lindgren, Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.09, 08.05.13, Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; The San Francisco Examiner Oct 28 p.C13}


    • 94.11.08 - Glenn Spearman: no personnel details / Rastacan Record’s Dark Circle Lounge, Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA
      [Cadence Vol.20 no.12 December 1994 p.109]

    94.11.15 + 11.16 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio: The Fields

    Black Saint 120197-2 (CD) 1996 IT

    November 15 & 16, 1994 / Bay Studios, Berkeley, CA

     1. Melts (Ochs)
     2. Fields before the Ram (Spearman)
     3. Hot (Spearman)
     4. Stepping Out (Spearman)
     5. Extrapolation of the inevitable (Spearman)
     6. Just There (Ochs)
     7. Sound Section (Spearman)
     15:11
     12:39
      3:39
      9:39
      8:59
      5:13
     21:11

    Glenn Spearman (ts—right channel), Larry Ochs (ts and ss—left channel),
    Chris Brown (p), Lisle Ellis (b),
    Donald Robinson (dr—right channel), William Winant (dr and tymp—left channel)

    {120197-2}


    94.12.00 (2) • Glenn Spearman: Free Worlds

    Black Saint 120207-2 (CD) 2000 IT
    —3rd Session [See also 94.05.00 (2); 94.06.00; 95.06.00 (1)]

    December, 1994 / Guerilla Euphonics, Oakland, CA

     1. The Skin She Bears   3:52

    Glenn Spearman (ts), J.R. Routhier (g), Don Paul (voc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Black Saint 120207-2}


    94.12.00 (1) • Don Paul: Flowers Smell Like Gasoline

    Poems with Free Music, no label # (CD) 199?

    “Early December,” 1994 / Guerrilla Euphonics, San Francisco

     1. Blue Lightning
     2. The Skin She Bears
     3. Detroit/Crack
     4. Boy Breaking on the Old Manhood
     11:47
      3:49
      8:13
      3:07

    “With Glenn, Donald, and J.R., we usually did a poem twice without break,
    and by the second pass they entered fully into the words, enlarging it for me,
    our utterance like a vessel we carried together. ... So: all of these tracks
    were recorded live-to-DAT (Digital Audio Tape) except ‘Detroit/Crack’
    (a coupling of ‘Detroit Breakdown’ and ‘Crack/War Goin’ On,’ on which
    I overdubbed the vocal.) ... Myles Boisen was the engineer and later
    overdubbed electric bass (‘Crack/War Goin’ On’).” —Don Paul

    Don Paul (poetry), Glenn Spearman (ts), James Routhier (elg),
    Myles Boisen (elb-3), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {CD; web sources; studio and session date from Don Paul 06.01.04}


    94.12.11 • Spearman–Lindgren Duo [SB]

    December 11, 1994 / Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA

     1... compositions/improvisations

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Ben Lindgren (b)

    {Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.09, 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


    • 94.12.11 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Glenn Spearman (ts), Donald Robinson (dr), and probably Marco Eneidi (as), J.R. Routhier (g), or...? /
      Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA [The San Francisco Examiner Dec 11 “Datebook” p.15; Cadence Vol.21 no.1 January 1995 p.109]
      Cadence had “Clarinet Quartet,” but did not list personnel.

    1995 : : :


    95.00.00 (1) • President’s Breakfast: Doo Process

    Disc Lexia DL005 (CD) 1995

    unknown date, 1995 / Komotion and Babyreps, Oakland, CA

     1. [C] (Click Dark, E. Herrmann)
     2. Hard Time (Click Dark)
     3. Nefertiti (Wayne Shorter)
      5:06
     10:59
      5:05

    Click Dark (dr, samples, dub processing-2,3, perc-1, musique concrete-1, liquid bass-1),
    Ed Herrmann (musique concrete-1, dub processing-1, analog synth-1),
    Glenn Spearman (ts-2, ts-3—right channel only, samples of Spearman tenor-1),
    Kenny Brooks (ts-2—left channel), John Yi (ss, as, and bar-2,3),
    Scott Jensen (tp-1), Blane Finell (tp-2,3), Squantch (tb-2,3), Will Bernard (g-2,3),
    Dred Scott (keys and perc-2,3), Nate Pitts (b-2,3), Jeremy Brooks (perc-2,3, samples-2,3),
    Titus Pierce (turntables-2), C. Burger (rap-1, lyrics-1)

    {DL005}


    95.00.00 (2) • President’s Breakfast: III C

    Disc Lexia DL017 (CD) 2001

    unknown date, 199...? / unknown venue, unknown location

     1. Love Supreme III (John Coltrane)   8:39

     “After news of his death, I included some samples in the version of “Love Supreme”
     (the third movement) as a tribute. I don’t think his contribution can be identified
     by anyone except me, the mixer (too dense texturally).” —Bill Langton

    Click Dark (dr, perc, toys, keys), Glenn Spearman (ts samples),
    Jim Peterson (as, ss), Chuck McKinnon (tp), Jeff Campbell (bagpipes),
    Alex Candelaria, Adam Shereborne, and Will Bernard (g), Nate Pitts (b)

    {DL017; Bill Langton 02.12.14}



    Trio Hurricane

    Trio Hurrricane: William Parker, Glenn Spearman, Paul Murphy.


    95.01.20 • (V/A) (Trio Hurricane + 1): Wiretapper 6 Special Edition

    WIRE Magazine Issue 200, October 2000 (2CD) England 2000
    • Trio Hurricane + 1 [AR—90:21]
    January 20, 1995 / Knitting Factory Cellar, New York City
    —“Before the Little Huey concert.”

      Audience Recording:
     1. composition/improvisation
     2. composition/improvisation
     3. composition/improvisation
     4. composition/improvisation
     5. composition/improvisation

     26:52
     17:42
      7:23   (split track at 0:58)
     20:02
     15:06

    WIRETAPPER 6 has an excerpt of 7:30 titled “Initiation.”

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), William Parker (b), Denis Charles (dr)

    {2CDr; Wiretapper 6 Special Edition; date and venue Marco Eneidi 12.04.06+07}


    95.01.21 • William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra Rehearsal [Centering Archival Recording—84:57]

    January 21, 1995 / AlterKnit, New York City

     1. compositions/improvisations   84:57   (split track at 56:58)

    “We’ll be using the color system for back-ups.”

    William Parker (Cond, Comp), Assif Tsahar and Glenn Spearman (ts), Mabo Suzuki and Marco Eneidi (as), Chris Jonas (ss),
    Richard Keene (ob, ts), Joe Ruddick and Dave Sewelson (bar), unidentified (tp), Akira Ando (ce), Hal Onserud (b), Denis Charles (dr)

    {William Parker’s Centering Archive; Ed Hazell 14.01.15}


    • 95.01.22 - William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Orchestra: as above / Knitting Factory, NYC [ibid]
    • 95.01.24 to 01.29 - Cecil Taylor “three-piece” Unit / 8:00 & 10:00pm, Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA [Oakland Tribune Jan 22 “CUE” p.3]
      —ALSO: “Rehearsed a large ensemble that included ROVA, William Winant, Peter Apfelbaum, and others.” Was Spearman present?
       [Cadence Vol.21 no.3 March 1995 p.75]


    • 95.03.19 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: no personnel details / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
      [San Francisco Examiner Mar 19 “Datebook” p.16]

    • Marco Eneidi & Glenn Spearman & The Creative Music Orchestra

      In 1995 Marco returned to the Bay Area and, in collaboration with his long-time friend Glenn Spearman, began to rehearse a 20-plus piece
      orchestra. The band rehearsed for over six months and gave performances at the Berkeley Store Gallery [Beanbenders]. From the proceeds
      of these concerts they were able to record and issue Creative Music Orchestra (95.06.06) on the Music & Arts label.
      [“Marco Eneidi & The Big Band Concept” OUTSIDE Magazine #1 August 1998; Bay Area Improvisers Network]


    • 95.05.02 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts, p), Marco Eneidi (as), Donald Robinson (dr) /
      10:30pm, Dark Circle Lounge, Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA
      [“The History of Experimental Music in Northern California,” www.o-art.org; Cadence Vol.21 no.6 June 1995 p.109; Dave Anderson 12.02.23]
    • 95.05.07 - Glenn Spearman & Marco Eneidi Creative Music Workshop: no personnel details / Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA
      [Cadence Vol.21 no.5 May 1995 p.109; San Francisco Examiner Mar 7 “Datebook” p.16]
    • 95.05.14 - Glenn Spearman & Marco Eneidi Creative Music Workshop: no personnel details / Berkeley Gallerie, Berkeley, CA
      [Cadence Vol.21 no.5 May 1995 p.109] —Cadence had this listed this as a weekly event.
    • 95.05.21 - Glenn Spearman & Marco Eneidi Creative Music Workshop: no personnel details / Berkeley Gallerie, Berkeley, CA
      [ibid; San Francisco Examiner Mar 21 “Datebook” p.16]
    • 95.05.24 - Glenn Spearman & Spirit Duo: Spearman (ts, p), Spirit (dr) / Beanbenders, Berkeley, CA
      [Dan Plonsey, “Reviews of Beanbender’s Shows” and “Past Shows” at www.plonsey.com; San Francisco Examiner Mar 21 “Datebook” p.16]
      “Neither group played more than 40 minutes [double-bill with What We Live], and the Glenn Spearman Trio was actually a duo.”
    • 95.05.26 - Wayne Corbitt (poetry, performance), Glenn Spearman (ts) / Koncept Kultural Gallery’s “Jazz In Tongues Festival,”
      8:00pm, Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA [Cadence Vol.21 no.5 May 1995 p.108; Oakland Tribune May 12 “CUE” p.7]
    • 95.05.28 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), Donald Robinson (dr), + unknown other /
      Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA [San Francisco Examiner Mar 28 “Datebook” p.16]
    • 95.05.30 - Glenn Spearman & Marco Eneidi Creative Music Orchestra: no personnel details /
      9:30 & 10:30pm, Dark Cirlce Lounge, Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA
      [“The History of Experimental Music in Northern California,” www.o-art.org; San Francisco Examiner Mar 28 “Datebook” p.15;
      Cadence Vol.21 no.6 June 1995 p.109]

    95.06.00 (1) • Urna: Redemption Songs [Unissued Recording]

    June, 1995 / Sharkbite Studio, Oakland, CA

     1. Crossroads (Raga Bilavel)
     2. Where Are You So Far From
     3. Solitude (Raga Puriya Kalyan)
     4. Finding A Way To Be With You
     5. Redemption
     13:59
     11:07
     19:35
     15:38
      9:24

    “Overtly involve at least three popular songs from the Americas into the album’s
    five-track arc: ‘Crossroads’ as made famous by Robert Johnson, ‘In My Solitude’
    as made famous by Billie Holiday, and ‘Redemption Songs’ by Bob Marley.”

    “Every performer except Glenn was situated in the live-room of Sharkbite Studio. Ustad Salamat and (the now Ustad) Shafqat sat
    side by side, Salamat’s daughter Riffat was behind them on tamboura, Tim Witter on tabla and Zeke Nealy on congas were adjacent
    to each other and at a diagonal about 20 feet from the singers, John Baker was with his keyboards in a remove parallel with the
    percussionists, and Dhyani with his guitar sat to Riffat’s right. The set-up was like a live, single-mic-in-a-big-room recording except
    that Glenn played his saxophone in an isolation-booth.” —Don Paul

    Ustad Salamat Ali Khan and Shafquat Ali Khan (voc), Glenn Spearman (ts),
    Dhyani Dharma Mas (g), Rifa Ali Khan (tamboura), Tim Witter (tabla), Zeke Neely (cga)

    {Don Paul 14.09.17, 16.11.26-11.29; YouTube ID# 4JY7cs04L1k}


    95.06.00 (2) • Glenn Spearman: Free Worlds

    Black Saint 120207-2 (CD) 2000 IT
    —4th Session [See also 94.05.00 (2); 94.06.00; 94.12.00 (2)]

    June, 1995 / Sharkbite Studio, Oakland, CA

     1. Raga Shamwati (Traditional)   9:22

    “An atmospheric performance of a traditional raga with only minimal (overdubbed) input from Spearman.” —Nate Dorward

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Dhyani Dharma Mas (g), John Baker (synth), Shafqat Ali Khan and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan (voc), Tim Witter (tabla)

    {Black Saint 120207-2; Nate Dorward, Cadence 2003}


    95.06.00 (3) • Matthew Goodheart: Sonoluminescence

    Nine Winds NWCD-0186 (CD) 1996

    June, 1995 / Bay Sound Studios, Berkeley, CA

     1. Invocation I (Spearman/Goodheart/Ellis/Robinson)
      —Homage to the Grandfather
      —Confluence
     2. In the Water of Emanations (Goodheart/Robinson)
     3. Small Study (Goodheart/Ellis)
     4. Under Focus—Glenns Lens (Spearman/Goodheart)
     5. Refraction Synthesis (Goodheart/Robinson)
     6. Condensations (Spearman/Goodheart/Ellis/Robinson)
     7. Sound Into Light (Goodheart)
     12:22


      6:41
      7:16
      8:25
      9:48
     16:34
      6:41

    Matthew Goodheart (p), Glenn Spearman (ts),
    Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {NWCD-0186}


    95.06.05 • Eneidi, Spearman, Ellis, Robinson: For Our Children

    Botticelli Records 1016 (CD, Ltd edition of 100 Copies, hand-made covers) 2013 Austria

    June 5, 1995 / Sharkbite Studios, Oakland, CA

     1. Danielle’s Dance (Robinson)
     2. Fantasy for Niccolo (Eneidi)
     3. Angelica’s Bounce (Spearman)
     4. Cyrus Paints the Town (Ellis)
     5. Rebirth (all)
      4:50
     10:20
      9:45
      9:21
     19:42

    Marco Eneidi (as), Glen Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Botticelli 1016}



    95.06.06 (1) • Marco Eneidi & Glenn Spearman: Creative Music Orchestra

    Music & Arts CD-980 (CD, Ltd edition of 500 Copies) 1997 England

    June 6, 1995 / Sharkbite Studios, Oakland, CA

    American Jungle Suite:
     1. Hymn Of Creation (Eneidi)
     2. Trail of Tears (Eneidi)
     3. Ghost Dance (Eneidi)
     4. Naked Mirror (Cecil Taylor)
     5. Interlude (Eneidi)
     6. Student Studies (Spearman)

      3:54
      3:57
     13:34
     13:34
      7:14
     26:48

    Glenn Spearman, Brian Pearson, Jessica Jones, and Scott Rosenberg (ts),
    Marco Eneidi, Sean Odell, and Alex Weiss (as), Elizabeth Grey (cl),
    Tim White (bcl), Francis Holland (a-cl), Hal Forman and Blaine Finell (tp),
    Matthew Goodheart (p), James Routhier, Larry Giustino (g),
    Tara Flandreu and John Ingall (vn), George Cremaschi and Michael Silverman (b),
    Spirit (dr, African drums, perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Music & Arts CD-980}


    • 95.06.06 (2) - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts, p), unknown personnel / 8:00 & 10:00pm, Yoshi’s, Oakland, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Jun 4 “Datebook” p.18; Oakland Tribune Jun 6 “CUE” p.3]
    • 95.06.21 - Surya: Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Giustino (elg), George Cremaschi (b), Spirit (dr, perc) /
      Making Waves Music Festival, San Francisco, CA [Dave Anderson 12.02.23]
      “Corner of Market and Montgomery Streets. ... Various bands playing on various corners in Downtown San Francisco.”

    95.06.25 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [AVR—50:00]

    June 25, 1995 / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA

     1... compositions/improvisations   50:00

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (p), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson and William Winant (dr)

    {Video; Graham Connah 03.03.12; The San Francisco Examiner Jun 25 “Datebook” p.16}


    • 95.07.01 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (p), Lisle Ellis (b),
      Donald Robinson and William Winant (dr) / du Maurier International Jazz Festival,
      Expo Theatre, Plaza of Nations, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [Laurence Svirchev 03.12.18; The Province “Preview” p.B10]
    • 95.07.02 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: as above / du Maurier International Jazz Festival, Studio 16, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
      [Chris Brown, Selected Performances, from the Mills College Archives at www.mills.edu;
      Laurence Svirchev 03.12.18; The Vancouver Sun Jun 23 “Pull Out Festival Guide” p.8]
      —Festival Program has “Glenn Spearman Double Quartet”
      —At midnight, so actually 95.07.03. —RL
    • 95.08.02 - Glenn Spearman & Marco Eneidi’s Creative Music Orchestra: “22-piece” (no other personnel details) /
      8:00pm, Paradise Lounge and Transmission Theater, San Francisco, CA
      “Earlier this month, a crash involving two fire trucks did significant damage to the avant-garde Mission District cafe and music venue
      Radio Valencia. Co-owner Don Alan promises that the place will be back in action by the fall. While awaiting repair work, Alan and friends
      have organized a benefit to wipe away some unpaid bills that have accumulated since the accident. More than 50 musicians ... will perform.”
      [The San Francisco Examiner Jul 30 “Datebook” p.31; CODA #265 January 1996 p.20]
    • 95.08.24 - Glenn Spearman’s G-Force: Spearman (ts), James Routhier (g), Donald Robinson (dr),
      and possibly Marco Eneidi (as) and/or George Cremaschi (b) / 9:00pm, Inn of the Beginning, Cotati, CA
      [The Press Democrat Aug 20 “on Q” p.3]
    • 95.09.05 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (p), Ben Lindgren (b),
      William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr) / 8:00 & 10:00pm, Yoshi&rsqs Nitespot, Oakland, CA
      [The Press Democrat Sep 3 “on Q” p.27; Oakland Tribune Sep 5 “CUE” p.3]
    • 95.09.17 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (p), Ben Lindgren (b),
      William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr) / Monterey Jazz Festival, “afternoon,” Garden Stage, Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA
      [Chris Brown, Selected Performances, from the Mills College Archives at www.mills.edu; The Californian Sep 14 p.1E;
      The San Francisco Examiner Sep 22 p.C17]
    • 95.09.22 - Glenn Spearman & Marco Eneidi’s Creative Music Orchestra: (no personnel details) /
      8:00pm, Mills College Concert Hall, Oakland, CA [The San Francisco Examiner Sep 17 “Datebook” p.17]

    • “Spearman’s Double Trio... was nominated by The San Francisco Weekly for a ‘Whammie Music Award’ in 1995.”


    • 95.10.07 - Glenn Spearman & Marco Eneidi’s Creative Music Orchestra: “22-piece” (no other personnel details) /
      9:00pm, Inn of the Beginning, Cotati, CA [The Press Democrat Oct 6 p.D7]
    • 95.10.20 - Move Dance Theatre: Glenn Spearman (ts, bcl) & Donald Robinson (dr) Duo / “Caught in the Act,”
      8:00pm, Laney College Theater, Oakland, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Oct 15 “Datebook” p.11; Oakland Tribune Oct 20 “CUE” p.6]

    95.10.26 • Cecil Taylor & The Glenn Spearman Orchestra [AR—86:45]

    October 26, 1995, 7:00pm / 13th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens’ Center for the Arts Theater, San Francisco, CA

     1. composition   86:45   (split track at 45:29)

    “World premiere of his orchestra of the Bay Area’s finest jazz, world, and new music players.” —Larry Kelp

    “Two one-and-a-half hour sets of continuous sound and movement.” —Matthew Goodheart “Freedom And Individuality In The Music Of Cecil Taylor.”

    Cecil Taylor (p, perc, voc), Glenn Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), Idris Ackamoor and 10 unknown (reeds), 6 unknown (brass),
    Matthew Goodheart (p), Trudy Morse and Ijoema Thomas (voc), 3 unknown (g), India Cooke (vn), Danielle Degrutella and 1 unknown (ce),
    4 unknown (b), unknown (koto), unknown (perc), unknown (dr), others?

    {2CDr; Larry Kelp “Bay Area Dishes Up Busy Arts Season” The Press Democrat Sep 3 “on Q” p.12;
    The San Francisco Examiner Oct 3 “Color” p.33 + Oct 20 p.C13 + Philip Elwood Oct 27 review p.C11}


    95.11.08 • Surya: Stretching the Edge

    Surya SAM-108 (CD) 1996

    November 8, 1995 / Shark Bite Studios, Oakland, CA

     1. Peace Prayer
     2. Panoramic
     3. Sun Love
     4. Kepler’s Groove
     5. C.T.
     6. Turned Around
     7. Emerging Light
     8. Warm
     2:24
     3:35
     4:34
     7:10
     4:29
     4:36
     5:16
     5:45

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Giustino (g, Comp), Stevens St. Clair (b), Spirit (dr, perc)

    {SAM-108}


    • 95.11.16 to 11.19 - Glenn Spearman: no personnel details / “Here Comes Everybody: The Music, Poetry and Art of John Cage,”
      Conference and Festival, Mills College Concert Hall, Oakland, CA
      [Larry Kelp “On Q: Bay Area Dishes Up Busy Arts Season” The Press Democrat Sep 3 “on Q” p.12]
      “Concerts range from the Mills-associated ‘Blue’ Gene Tyranny, Alvin Curran, and Glenn Spearman, to vocal music
      of the 17th century and music of Darius Milhaud (who taught at Mills) and Igor Stravinksy.”
    • 95.11.19 - Glenn Spearman & Marco Eneidi’s Creative Music Orchestra: “22-piece” (no other personnel details) /
      8:00pm, Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA [The San Francisco Examiner Nov 19 “Datebook” p.15]

    John Tchicai Interview by Mike Trouchon, from the defunct Opprobrium magazine:
    Oppro: Do you care to mention the Ascension tribute debacle?
    JT: Well, John Raskin from the ROVA Saxophone Quartet got hold of me and told me about the idea for the tribute and mentioned
    that Glenn Spearman was going to play the part of Coltrane. I said I thought that was a little strange seeing as how Spearman wasn’t part
    of the original session and was only a kid at the time we did the recording. I guess ROVA thought about that for a bit and figured it might
    be more appropriate for me to play Coltrane’s part. So we made preparations to play the piece and Raskin sent me some of Coltrane’s
    charts from the session. He also sent me charts for Coltrane’s ‘Welcome Tune.’ As the date of the tribute came closer, I mentioned that
    it would be nice to have a couple of rehearsals to see if we could all work the piece out together and they didn’t think that was such
    a good idea. They thought they didn’t have time or something. So that was one stumbling block, and then the idea of recording the tribute,
    to be released on CD, came up. This was something that wasn’t mentioned in the beginning, so I asked for some more money—I didn’t ask
    for much more, just a little bit. Then Raskin said he'd have to ask Black Saint if this would be okay and then he later said it wouldn’t be
    possible for me to get more money. So I said I couldn’t participate in the tribute and they went ahead and did it without me.
    [dcn.davis.ca.us/(tilde)jomnamo/rub_tchicai/page_inter.html]


    95.12.06 • Rova: John Coltrane’s Ascension

    Black Saint 120180-2 (CD) 1996 IT
    • Dave Douglas: Complete Black Saint-Soul Note Recordings: John Coltrane’s Ascension (Disc 4)
      C.A.M. Jazz Cam BXS 1020CD (6-CD Box remasters) Italy 2012
    December 6, 1995, 8:00pm / The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

     1. Ascension (John Coltrane)   49:59
    “An all-star cast of improvising artists in San Francisco may have inadvertently
    inaugurated a new holiday jazz tradition December 6 at the Great American Music
    Hall. That’s when they celebrated the 30th anniversary of John Coltrane’s ground-
    breaking ‘Ascension’ with a powerful rendition of the rarely performed piece
    in front of a capacity crowd.
    At the San Francisco show, presented by the Rova Saxophone Quartet and featuring
    tenor saxophonist Glenn Spearman as concert master, the spirit of holy Trane was
    alive and well as the 11-piece ensemble—including Rova members Larry Ochs
    and Bruce Ackley on tenors and Jon Raskin and Steve Adams on altos, with New
    York trumpeters Raphé Malik and Dave Douglas, pianist Chris Brown, bassists
    Lisle Ellis and George Cremaschi, and drummer Donald Robinson—surged into
    a riveting interpretation of the 1965 original.
    Raskin scheduled only one rehearsal, the night before the performance, to guarantee
    a high level of spontaneity. ‘It was my understanding that Coltrane didn’t even have
    a rehearsal for the recording. He came into the studio with scraps of paper.’ The lack
    of rehearsal time is one reason cited by Sacramento-based tenor saxophonist John
    Tchicai—one of the original participants in Coltrane’s recording and Rova’s first
    choice for concert master—for opting out of the performance.”
    —Dan Ouellette “30 years later, Rova rises to Coltrane’s ‘Ascension.’,” Down Beat

    “Never short on audacity, the Bay Area’s ROVA saxophonists ... took it upon themselves in December 1996 to re-enact John Coltrane’s orchestral
    free-jazz masterwork ‘Ascension’ on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. Raskin arranged the piece—akin to corralling an ocean.”
    —David Rubien

    Glenn Spearman, Larry Ochs, and Bruce Ackley (ts), Jon Raskin and Steve Adams (as), Dave Douglas and Raphé Malik (tp),
    Chris Brown (p), George Cremaschi and Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Black Saint 120180; Oakland Tribune Dec 3 “CUE” p.5; Down Beat March 1, 1996 p.12;
    David Rubien “Sunday Datebook” The San Francisco Chronicle May 25, 1997 p.51}


    Fred Jung interviews Bruce Ackley, undated, from www.jazzweekly.com/interviews/ackley.htm:
    Fred Jung: Coltrane is a god in my house and so I was extremely skeptical. That must have been the prevailing sentiment, did that concern you?
    Bruce Ackley: No, and the reason is that I don’t think there are that many people that really know that record well enough or that piece well enough
    to have a clear understanding, and if they do, they wouldn’t have any problem with ROVA doing it. But I think that I [felt] like my relationship with
    that record goes back so far and it was so significant when I first started playing. I had already known that record inside out. That was a big reason
    why I wanted to play. Every one of those solos on there were models for me in terms of my way to go. I can still remember Marion Brown’s motif,
    Shepp’s motifs, and of course, Coltrane—and John Tchicai. Each one of them, I studied really closely and had an intimate knowledge with. I didn’t
    feel worried about what other people would think. I think that there probably are some dissenters too, but that’s okay. I think we did what we could do.
    As Glenn Spearman said, “This is like our Handel’s Messiah. We should do this every year.” We had that attitude about it. He said that we were going
    to go out there and do it. This is a sacred piece of music that it is just as much ours as it is anybody else’s. It doesn’t belong to anybody. We're going
    to celebrate.
    FJ: Why don’t you perform it every year?
    BA: That’s a good question, Fred. We talk about it every year, but I don’t think we can really afford the time and energy it takes to mount it.
    And then Glenn Spearman’s gone. I think if Glenn were alive, maybe we would. Glenn loved it. I don’t think it’s over. I think we would be
    willing to do it over again. And there has been talk on and off.


    • 95.12.13 - Glenn Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi and Jon Raskin (as), Raphé Malik (tp), Chris Brown (p), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr) /
      Beanbender’s, Berkeley, CA [“Beanbender’s Past Shows” at www.plonsey.com]

    • “Spearman served on the board of directors of New Langton Arts in San Francisco from 1995 to 1996 and lectured at many colleges
      and conservatories in New England, Canada and California.”
      [Bay Area Artists of the Diaspora: Glenn Spearman, the Mills College Archives at www.mills.edu]


    • 95.12.19 - Glenn Spearman & Marco Eneidi’s Creative Music Orchestra: (no personnel details) / Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Dec 17 “Datebook” p.18]

    1996 : : :


      “I had a couple small groups with [Spearman]—one trio with Garth Powell, another one with George Cremaschi, Lincoln Smith,
      Oluyemi Thomas, Spirit, and Vinny Golia. I can’t remember the dates, '95-'96 era. The trio with Garth I think was at Studio 4, ...
      the larger group was early on in the Venue 9 series. That place had a horrible owner, but lots of great music was there.
      I really got along with Glenn and thought we'd play more, but I ended up working closely with Marco.” —Damon Smith 16.11.14


      In 1996, Berkeley’s Small Press Distribution issued Musaphysics, a book
      that contains 30 years of Spearman’s poetry and writings about music.



    • 96.01.09 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (p), Ben Lindgren (b),
      William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr) / Rastacan Record’s Dark Circle Lounge, Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA
      [Cadence Vol.22 no.2 February 1996 p.20]

    96.01.26 • Glenn Spearman Quintet (Double Trio Minus One) [BR—75:37]

    January 26, 1996 / Stadtgarten, Köln, Germany
    —WDR Concert Recording

     1. Suite: Stepping Out—There For John—Extrapolation Of The Inevitable
     2. Music For 3000 Years
     3. Fields Before The Rain
     4. Hot—GS band intro
     5. Sound Section
     33:43
      5:07
     17:28
      5:21
     13:56

    —Also circulating as “incomplete, radio announcement—unknown title”: [15:01]

    Glenn Spearman (ts, Comp), Larry Ochs (ts, ss), Chris Brown (p), Lisle Ellis, Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {CDr; Heinrich Smejkal 02.12.18; Chris Brown, Selected Performances, from the Mills College Archives at www.mills.edu}


    • 96.02.01 through 96.12.31 - Glenn Spearman, Artist in Residence /
      Headlands Center for the Arts, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito, CA
      [www.headlands.org; Holly Blake 09.11.30]
    • “He had what’s called a live-out residency, meaning he didn’t live on site, but had studio space here. His studio was in Building 952,
      otherwise known as The Gym, and consisted of an old basketball court along with a smaller back room and balcony.
      In his letter applying for the residency, Glenn cited a need for a space ... where he could concentrate and focus on compositional projects.
      He said he had recently started a big band: ‘The Headlands residency is exactly what I am looking for at this stage in my career, a place
      to dig deeper through investigation and the solving of musical problems inherent in big-band composition. To be in a community that
      is stimulating to the entire artistic process can help me to be more effective, adding some real polish to a lot of the composing I have
      to do at home (where my heart is), but oftentimes because of the family obligations can lead to distractions that can be frustrating
      when my moments of brilliance are upon me.’”

      —Ms. Holly Blake, Residency Manager at Headlands Center for the Arts (See also: 96.04.21 and 96.10.13.)


    • 96.02.24 - Glenn Spearman’ Double Trio: Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (p), Ben Lindgren (b),
      William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr) / The Stork Club, Oakland, CA [Oakland Tribune Feb 23 “CUE” p.5]
    • 96.03.02 - Glenn Spearman: no personnel details / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA [Cadence Vol.22 no.4 April 1996 p.124]
    • 96.04.02 - Surya with Glenn Spearman: Spearman (ts), Larry Giustino (g, Comp), Stevens St. Clair (b), Spirit (dr, perc) /
      Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA [The San Francisco Examiner Mar 31 “Datebook” p.19]

    • “In the Spring of 1996 he collaborated with Bay Area filmmaker Lynn Kirby on a video-music performance piece.”
      [Joslyn Layne, All Music Guide]
    • 96.04.21 - “Glenn Spearman and the Surya Quartet”: Spearman (ts), Larry Giustino (g, Comp), Stevens St. Clair (b), Spirit (dr, perc) /
      Open House, 12:00 to 5:00pm, Headlands Center for the Arts, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito, CA
      “Glenn took part in two of our three Open House days that year. For the first, on Sunday, April 21, 1996, he performed with his jazz quartet,
      Surya, in a performance he called ‘Draw What You Hear.’ Glenn provided paper and drawing materials for audience members to do just that.
      We have slides of him and Surya playing, with people scattered around on the floor.”
      [Ms. Holly Blake 09.11.30, Residency Manager at Headlands Center for the Arts] —See 96.02.01 for note on Glenn’s Residency.

    • 96.06.01 - “Words X Music”
      : Glenn Spearman (ts), James Routhier (g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr),
      Kit Robinson and Laura Moriarity (poetry), and “others” / Benefit for New Langton Arts’ literature and music programs,
      8:00pm, New Langton Arts, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA [San Francisco Examiner May 26 “Datebook” p.17]
    • 96.06.16 - “Wordsongs”
      : Glenn Spearman and Richard Howell (reeds), Wayne Corbitt, Opal Palmer Adisa, and Juan Felipe Herrera (poetry) /
      8:00pm, Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA [San Francisco Examiner Jun 16 “Datebook” p.21; Oakland Tribune Jun 16 “CUE” p.5]
    • 96.06.23 - Surya with Glenn Spearman: Spearman (ts), Larry Giustino (g, Comp), Stevens St. Clair (b), Spirit (dr, perc) /
      6:00pm, Cato’s Ale House, Oakland, CA [San Francisco Examiner Jun 21 p.D13 + Jun 23 “Datebook” p.21]
    • 96.06.26 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (p), Ben Lindgren (b),
      William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr) / 8:30pm, Beanbenders, Berkeley, CA
      [Dan Plonsey, from “Reviews of Beanbender’s Shows” at www.plonsey.com; San Francisco Examiner Jun 23 “Datebook” p.19]
    • 96.06.29 - Surya with Glenn Spearman: Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Giustino (g, Comp), Stevens St. Clair (b), Spirit (dr, perc) /
      Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA [San Francisco Examiner Jun 23 “Datebook” p.20; Cadence Vol.22 no.7 July 1996 p.124]
    • 96.07.17 - Glenn Spearman (ts), Vinny Golia (reeds), Oluyemi Thomas (bcl), Damon Smith and Lincoln Smith (b), Spirit (dr) /
      8:00pm, Venue 9, San Francisco, CA
      [San Francisco Examiner Jul 14 “Datebook” p.20; San Francisco Weekly Jul 17 “Recordings”; Damon Smith 22.06.04]
      Cadence (August 1996 p.4) had this as a Spearman/Golia Duo.
      “It was an insane show. ... Vinny was circular breathing, Oluyemi was spinning in circles playing bass clarinet, and Glenn
      had a big ostinato going.” —Damon Smith

    96.07.27 • Raphé Malik: The Short Form

    Eremite Records MTE05 (CD) 1997

    July 27, 1996 / Fire in the Valley Festival, Bezanson Auditorium, U. Mass., Amherst, MA

     1. Invocation: Spiel City
     2. Ray (thine own)
     3. Civilization After Coltrane
     4. Big G
     5. Hightail
     6. Gem Stone
     7. Grab Bag of Crabs on the Bayou
      8:00
     10:00
     13:03
      7:36
      4:57
      7:16
      7:55

    Raphé Malik (tp, Comp), Glenn Spearman (ts),
    George Langford (b), Dennis Warren (dr)

    {MTE05; Daily Hampshire Gazette Jul 19 p.1 + p.8; The Boston Globe Jul 26 p.C14}


    • 96.08.03 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (p), Ben Lindgren (b),
      William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr) / “CD Release Party,” 7:00pm, Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
      [San Francisco Examiner Jul 28 “Datebook” pp.18-19 + Aug 7 p.D13]

    96.08.15 • William Hooker: Mindfulness

    Knitting Factory Works KFW 213 (CD) 1997; ORG Music ORGM-2125 (2LP Limited Edition clear vinyl) 2019
    • (V/A) The Texaco New York Jazz Festival Radio Series Live at The Knitting Factory, Show 4
      A World of Energy [radio sampler in paper sleeves w/ no select #] (6CD) 1998
    August 15, 1996 / Slim’s, San Francisco, CA

     1. Solemn Breath: Knowledge / In This Earth—Body
     2. Flow—RT. 1 [Awake]
     3. Principles of Duality
     4. Living Organs—Parallel Planes
     5. Archetypal Space
     20:52
      9:54
      1:16
     20:00
      5:19

    The Texaco New York Jazz Festival has an excerpt of 5:57 which fades in and fades out.
    —LP reissue has two bonus tracks sana Spearman.

    “Archetypal Space” contains a portion of the track “For the Falling Dream”
    by Uzezt Plaush, written by Paul Schütze.

    Glenn Spearman (reeds),
    DJ Olive (turntables),
    William Hooker (dr, spoken words)

    {KFW 213; Texaco CD #4; San Francisco Weekly August 14, 1996}


    • 96.08.21 - Don Paul’s o.s.a.d.o.m.a.g.: Don Paul (poetry), Glenn Spearman (ts), Myles Boisen (g), George Cremaschi (b), Donald Robinson (dr),
      others... / Venue 9, San Francisco, CA [San Francisco Examiner Aug 18 “Datebook” p.21]

    96.09.07 • Marco Eneidi & The American Jungle Orchestra: S/T

    Boticelli Records 1012/13 (2CD / ltd. edition 500 copies) 1996
    —1st Session [See also 96.09.14]

    September 7, 1996 / Venue 9, San Francisco, CA

     1. Landscapes I + II
     2. Last Flight of the Nez Perce (walowa)
     21:36
      9:38

    Marco Eneidi (as, Comp, Cond), Glenn Spearman (ts),
    Phillip Greenlief (ts, ss, wood flute), Alex Weiss (as),
    Bruce Ackley (ss), Jon Raskin (bar),
    Hal Forman (tp), Ron Heglin, Chris Cox (tb), Tom Heasley (tu-1),
    Matthew Goodheart (p), Tara Flandreu (vn),
    Damon Smith, George Cremaschi, and Ashley Adams (b),
    Garth Powell (dr, perc), “Special Guest” Jackson Krall (dr)

    96.09.14 • Marco Eneidi & The American Jungle Orchestra:

    Boticelli Records 1012/13 (2CD / ltd. edition 500 copies) 1996
    —2nd Session [See also 96.09.07]
     (Spearman was not present during two subsequent sessions for this recording on September 21 and 28.)

    September 14, 1996 / Venue 9, San Francisco, CA

     1. Prairie Sunrise (Eneidi)
     2. R.A.G.S. (Raskin/Ackley/Greenleaf/Spearman)
     3. Lakota (lower) (Eneidi)
     4. Going to Meet the Man (Eneidi)
     5. Last Flight of the Nez Perce (toolhollzote) (Eneidi)
      2:56
      3:39
     12:25
     12:58
      7:28

    “Track 15 [uncredited on CD, track 5 above] took place the second week, though the very ending sounds like a Turetzky bowed bass
    which would put it the third week, and Glenn is there too, which doesn’t fit...”
    —Marco Eneidi (We had fun trying to sort this all out. —RL)

    Marco Eneidi (as, Cond), Glenn Spearman (ts), Phillip Greenlief (ts, ss, wood flute), Alex Weiss (as-1,3,4),
    Jon Raskin (bar), Bruce Ackley (ss), Hal Forman (tp-1,3,4), Ron Heglin, Chris Cox (tb-1,3,4), Tara Flandreu (vn-1,3,4),
    Matthew Goodheart (p-1,3,4), Damon Smith, George Cremaschi, and Ashley Adams (b-1,3,4), Garth Powell (dr and perc-1,3,4)

     + Special Guest ROVA: “ROVA couldn’t, 'cept for Jon and Bruce, which plus Glenn and Greenlief became RAGS.” —Marco Eneidi

    {Boticelli 1012/13; Marco Eneidi 09.12.09; Session dates from Phillip Greenlief 09.12.12}


    96.10.00 • Surya: Up

    Surya SAM-118 (CD) 1996

    October, 1996 / 135 Bluxome Street, San Francisco, CA

     1. Up (Part 1)
     2. Up (Part 2)
     22:22
     24:00

    Glenn Spearman (ts),
    Larry Giustino (g, Comp),
    Clarence Stephens St. Clair (b),
    Spirit (dr, perc)

    {SAM-118}


    • 96.10.04 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (p), Lisle Ellis and (b),
      Donald Robinson and William Winant (dr) / 8:00pm, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
      [Santa Cruz Sentinel Oct 4 “Spotlight” p.9 + p.12 + p.14]
    • 96.10.13 - Surya: Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Giustino (g, Comp), Stevens St. Clair (b), Spirit (dr, perc),
      Shantee Rose, Rebecca Sheridan, and Myeongsuk Jeong (dance) /
      Fall Open House, Headlands Center for the Arts, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito, CA
      [Holly Blake 09.11.30, Residency Manager at Headlands Center for the Arts] —See 96.02.01 for note on Glenn’s Residency.
      “For the Fall Open House on Sunday, October 13, 1996, Glenn performed with Surya and dancers. ... We also have slide
      documentation of that performance.” —Ms. Holly Blake
    • 96.10.25 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (p), Lisle Ellis and (b),
      Donald Robinson and William Winant (dr) / Venue 9, San Francisco, CA [Cadence Vol.22 no.11 November 1996 p.123]
    • 96.11.11 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: as above / 8:00 and 10:00pm, Yoshi’s Nitespot, Oakland, CA
      [San Francisco Weekly November 6, 1996; San Francisco Examiner Nov 10 “Datebook” p.17]
    • 96.12.08 - Glenn Spearman Group: Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), Matthew Goodheart (p),
      John Schott (elg), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr) / Beanbenders, Oakland, CA [Dave Anderson 12.02.23]
    • 96.12.09 - Surya: Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Giustino (g, Comp), Stevens St. Clair (b), Spirit (dr, perc) /
      8:00 & 10:00pm, Yoshi’s Nitespot, Oakland, CA [Oakland Tribune Dec 9 “CUE” p.2]

    1997 : : :


    97.01.25 • Marco Eneidi, Glenn Spearman, William Parker, Jackson Krall: Live at Radio Valencia

    Botticelli Records 1014 (CD) 2000

    January 25, 1997 / Radio Valencia Cafe, San Francisco, CA

      introduction
     1. False Alarm (collective)
     2. The Painter and the Poet (Parker)
     3. Silent Scream (Cecil Taylor)
      0:40
     32:51
     10:48
     21:36

    Marco Eneidi (as), Glenn Spearman (ts), William Parker (b), Jackson Krall (dr)

    {Botticelli 1014}



    “Earlier this month, a crash involving two fire trucks did significant damage to the avant-garde Mission District cafe and music venue Radio Valencia.
    Co-owner Don Alan promises that the place will be back in action by the fall. While awaiting repair work, Alan and friends have organized a benefit
    to wipe away some unpaid bills that have accumulated since the accident. More than 50 musicians ... will perform.”
    The San Francisco Examiner (Jul 30, 1995 “Datebook” p.31)



    • 97.01.26 - Marco Eneidi’s American Jungle Orchestra with guests Parker & Krall: Glenn Spearman and Elliot Levine (ts),
      Marco Eneidi (as), William Parker (tu), Jackson Krall (dr), others... / Beanbenders, Berkeley, CA /
      [Dan Plonsey, “Reviews of Beanbender’s Shows,” www.plonsey.com; Phillip Wayne Greenlief 16.11.14;
      Cadence Vol.23 no.1 January 1997 p.18]
      “Eneidi’s Orchestra played one long piece. The group consisted of about seven saxes and clarinets, a chorus of five or six people,
      perhaps five bass players, two drummers, and Parker on tuba. The music consisted of about ten musical fragments for the orchestra,
      and perhaps as many textural fragments for the chorus. Simple as these were, Eneidi wove them together with dexterity, keeping
      things moving, making contrasts, cueing soloists” —Dan Plonsey
    • 97.02.11 - Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Myles Boisen (g), Donald Robinson (dr) / Venue 9, San Francisco, CA
      [San Francisco Examiner Feb 9 “Datebook” p.15]
    • 97.02.12 - Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Donald Robinson (dr) / Radio Valencia Cafe, San Francisco, CA
      [Cadence Vol.23 no.3 March-February 1997 p.124]

    97.00.00 • Spearman, Eneidi, Malik, Cremaschi, & Powell [Unissued Studio Recording—50:00]

    “Early 1997” / Sonoma State University, Cotati, CA

     1. Trio Improvisation #1
     2. String Theory (Malik)
     3... compositions/improvisations
      2:03
     12:08
     36:00

    —First two tracks are from the unreleased recording “Eleventh Hour.”

    “All together there are 50+ minutes of music from this session—several short improvised trios with Marco, Garth, and me, and a few longer
    composed quintet tracks. Eleventh Hour was set to be released on Music & Arts, and they basically reneged.” —George Cremaschi

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi (as-2), Raphé Malik (tp-2), George Cremaschi (b), Garth Powell (perc)

    {www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6CL9ewD9E8; George Cremaschi 16.11.14}


    • 97.03.22 - Matthew Goodheart Trio: Glenn Spearman (ts), Goodheart (p), Donald Robinson (dr) /
      7:30pm, Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
      [Cadence Vol.23 no.3 February-March 1997 p.123; San Francisco Examiner Mar 21 p.C13]
    • 97.05.18 - ROVA + 4: Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (ts, sss), Bruce Ackley (ts, ss), Andy Laster (as, bar),
      John Raskin and Steve Adams (as, bar, sss), Vinny Golia (ss, bar, bsx) / Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
      [Cadence Vol.23 no.7 p.28; CODA #275, September/October 1997 p.10; Laurence Svirchev 03.12.18]
      “Three compositions by Larry Ochs:” Triceratops; Initials; unknown title.

    97.05.21 + 05.22 • The Glenn Spearman & John Heward Group: th

    CIMP 148 (CD) 1998
    • (V/A) CIMPosium—Volume 4
      CIMP #704
    May 21 & 22, 1997 / The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY

     1. Irreversible Blues (Spearman)
     2. Gathering the Ancestors (Heward)
     3. 3 for John (Spearman)
     4. Summoning (Spearman/Heward)
     5. Arista Africanapata (Spearman)
     6. Moment in Time (Duval)
     7. Stone Soup (Heward)
     8. Initiation (Spearman)
     9. The Natural Thing (collective)
     10:42
      7:51
      8:59
      5:04
      9:30
     10:01
      6:17
      5:39
      7:17



     (kalimba+voc + dr duo)
     (4tet sans DP)


     (ts, b, dr trio)
     (4tet sans DP)

    th has a 3:24 excerpt of track 7.

    Glenn Spearman (ts, kalimba, voc), Christopher Cauley (as), David Prentice (vn, va), Dominic Duval (b), John Heward (dr, perc, voc)

    {CIMP 148; CIMP #704}


    • 97.05.24 - Glenn Spearman & John Heward Duo: Spearman (ts), Heward (dr) /
      Unitarian Meeting House, Amherst, MA [The Boston Globe May 23 p.D16]

      Poster by James Burpee,
      from Signal to Noise Issue #58, Summer 2010 p.28

    97.05.28 • (V/A) Vision One—Vision Festival 1997 Compiled

    AUM Fidelity AUM007/8 (2-CD) 1998 / Ltd. Edition 1,000 copies
    • Glenn Spearman’s Trio Hurricane [WKCR-FM Archival Recording—35:30]
    • (V/A) Inside Out in the Open [Color Film—60:00]
      Asymmetric Pictures (BETA SP) 2001; ESP 4042 (DVD) 2008
    May 28, 1997 / Vision Festival, Angel Orensanz Center, New York City

     1. composition/improvisation   22:30
     2. composition/improvisation   12:00

    Vision One—Vision Festival 1997 Compiled has a 6:30 excerpt titled “Hurricane.”
    Inside Out in the Open has un unidentified film excerpt of unknown duration.

    Glenn Spearman (ts), William Parker (b), Paul Murphy (dr)

    {AUM007/8; www.insideoutintheopen.net/home.htm; WKCR-FM Archive 07.07.31}


    • 97.06.22 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), Matthew Goodheart (p), Donald Robinson (dr) / Berkeley Arts Festival,
      3:00pm, Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Jun 22 “Datebook” p.30; Matthew Goodheart Resume at users.lmi.net/~mgheart/resume.html]

    97.06.08 • Glenn Spearman: Blues For Falasha

    Tzadik TZ 7130 (CD) 1999, 2016

    June 8, 1997 / Bay Recording, Berkeley, CA

     1. The Old Book
     2. Rituals
     3. Water And Dirt
     4. Sounds
      2:14
      5:26
     10:01
     28:13

    Glenn Spearman (ts, recitation, Comp), Larry Ochs (ts, ss), Chris Brown (p, prep-p),
    Lisle Ellis (b), William Winant (dr, perc, tym), Donald Robinson (dr, perc)

    {Tzadik TZ 7130; DMG 16.01.28}


    97.07.26 • Trio Hurricane: Live at Fire in the Valley

    eremite Records MTE10 (CD) 1998

    July 26, 1997 / Fire In the Valley Festival, Amherst, MA

     1. Initiation (Spearman)
     2. Blues for John & Frank (Spearman)
     3. Tones for William (Spearman)
     4. N.Y.N.Y. (Spearman)
     5. The Natural (Spearman/Parker/Murphy)
     12:50
     10:27
     11:41
     11:10
      5:08

    Glenn Spearman (ts),
    William Parker (b),
    Paul Murphy (dr)

    {MTE10; The Boston Globe Jul 25 p.C11}



    • 97.06.22 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), Matthew Goodheart (p), Donald Robinson (dr) / Berkeley Arts Festival,
      3:00pm, Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Jun 22 “Datebook” p.30; Matthew Goodheart Resume at users.lmi.net/~mgheart/resume.html]
    • 97.09.13 - Susie Ibarra Trio: Glenn Spearman (ts), Chris Brown (p), Ibarra (dr) / 8:00pm, Concert Hall, Mills College, Oakland, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Sep 7 “Datebook” p.23]
    • 97.10.05 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), Matthew Goodheart (p), Donald Robinson (dr) / 7:00pm, Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Oct 5 “Datebook” p.19]
    • 97.10.29 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (p), Lisle Ellis and (b),
      Donald Robinson and William Winant (dr) / ROVA 20th Anniversary Celebration, Bimbo’s, San Francisco, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Oct 24 p.B11]
    • 97.11.08 - RaphéMalik Quartet: Glenn Spearman (ts), Malik (tp), possibly William Parker (b), probably Dennis Warren (dr) /
      8:00pm, Unitarian Meetinghouse, Amherst, MA [Daily Hampshire Gazette Nov 6 p.33 + p.38]
    • 97.11.12 - Dennis Warren’s Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble: Glenn Spearman (ts), Warren (dr), unknown others /
      Johnny D’s, Boston, MA [Daily Hampshire Gazette Nov 6 p.33 + p.38]

    1998 : : :


    • 98.01.11 - Matthew Goodheart Trio: Glenn Spearman (ts), Goodheart (p), Donald Robinson (dr) / Benicia, CA
      [Askai Touré “Meeting Celebrates The Life Of Frank Kofsky,” The Militant, Vol.62/No.3 January 26, 1998]

      “More than 50 friends, collaborators, and colleagues of Frank Kofsky met here January 11 to celebrate his life. Kofsky, a professor of
      history of California State University at Sacramento, author, and frequent lecturer on jazz, was 62 years old when he died November 19.
      He was the author, among other works, of Black Nationalism and the Revolution in Music, its revised edition John Coltrane and the Jazz
      Revolution of the 1960s
      , and the forthcoming new book Black Music, White Business: Illuminating the History and Political Economy
      of Jazz
      , all published by Pathfinder Press.
      Glenn Spearman, a jazz musician and instructor at Mills College in Oakland who was a longtime friend of Kofsky’s, commented that
      ‘Frank knew jazz. He respected and knew the hard way jazz artists have to go in the United States.’”
      —Askai Touré

    • 98.01.18 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), George Cremaschi (b), Donald Robinson (dr) / 2:00pm, Central Library, Berkeley, CA
      [The San Francisco Examiner Jan 18 “Datebook” p.15]
    • 98.01.24 - Glenn Spearman’s G-Force: Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), James Routhier (g), George Cremaschi (b), Donald Robinson (dr) /
      “The Premiere of” The Sweat Shop, San Francisco, CA
      [Craig Matsumoto, The Wedge Page, “Creative Music—Recent History” and “Music Log”; George Cremaschi 16.11.14]
      Cadence Vol.24 no.2 February 1998 p.140 has venue as “Inside Out.”

    • “The last time I heard from him, Xmas ’97 when he wrote about doing a quartet with Leo Smith in February ’98 as well as G-Force
      opening a San Francisco club. The next thing I heard was from Shantee, his wife, of his passing after I’d sent some tapes of his
      favorite, Frank Wright.” —Roy Morris 06.06.19


    • 98.02.07 - Matthew Goodheart Trio + Leo Smith: Glenn Spearman (ts), Smith (tp), Goodheart (p), Donald Robinson (dr) /
      Radio Valencia Cafe, San Francisco, CA [SF Weekly February 11 “Riff Raff”; The San Francisco Examiner Feb 1 “Datebook” p.14]
      Cadence Vol.24 no.2 February 1998 p.140 has venue as “Inside Out,” same as 98.01.24 above.

    98.02.18 • Glenn Spearman and Dennis Warren: Duet

    FMRJE, no catalogue # (CDr) 2002

    February 18, 1998 / Green Street Grill, Cambridge, MA

     1. improvisation   30:37
     2. improvisation    9:57

    Glenn Spearman (ts),
    Dennis Warren (dr)

    {FMRJE CDr; Bob Blumenthal “Sound Choice” The Boston Globe Feb 13 p.D18}


    • 98.02.23-03.13 - Improvised Music Workshops with Glenn Spearman / Mills College, Oakland, CA
      [Cadence Vol.24 no.2 February '98 p.140]
      “Beginning February 2 ... The guest artists/instructors include LA trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, ... Oakland saxophone colossus
      Glenn Spearman, ... East Bay violinist India Cooke, ... and ingenious conductor/cornetist Butch Morris. ... Each workshop will
      meet twice a week for three weeks, with a public performance expected to cap each session.”
      —Sam Prestianni, San Francisco Weekly, January 20, 1998
    • 98.02.25 - Marco Eneidi’s American Jungle Orchestra: Spearman (ts), Eneidi (as), unknown others / Edinburgh Castle, San Francisco, CA
      [Craig Matsumoto The Wedge Page “Creative Music—Recent History”]
    • 98.02.26 - Marco Eneidi & Glenn Spearman Sextet: Spearman (ts), Eneidi (as), unknown others, “Double-sax free-jazz attack” /
      10:30pm, The Stork Club, Oakland, CA [ibid]
    • 98.03.09 - Marco Eneidi’s American Jungle Orchestra: Spearman (ts), Eneidi (as), unknown others / Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
      [ibid; Cadence Vol.24 no.4, April 1998 p.140]
    • 98.03.16 - Marco Eneidi’s American Jungle Orchestra: as above / Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA [ibid]
    • 98.03.23 - Marco Eneidi’s American Jungle Orchestra with John Lindberg and Bertram Turetzky—Tribute to David Izenzon:
      Spearman (ts), Eneidi (as), John Lindberg and Bertram Turetzky (b), unknown others / Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA [ibid]
    • 98.03.30 (1) - Marco Eneidi’s American Jungle Orchestra with Special Guest Anthony Brown: Spearman (ts), Eneidi (as),
      Anthony Brown (perc), unknown others / Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA [ibid]
    • 98.03.30 (2) - Marco Eneidi’s Small Ensemble: Spearman (ts), Eneidi (as), unknown others / Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA [ibid]
    • 98.04.19 - Marco Eneidi’s American Jungle Orchestra present William Butler Yeats’ “Deirdre,” directed by Jessica Loos:
      Glenn Spearman (ts), Eneidi and Gianni Gebbia (as), Damon Smith (b), Spirit (perc), others... / Beanbender’s, Berkeley, CA
      [Cadence Vol.24 no.4, April 1998 p.140]
      “When I was volunteering for the Beanbender’s series, I recorded the April 19, 1998 performace of the American Jungle Orchestra.
      I remember Glenn playing that night, and my notes confirm this.” —Michael Zelner 09.12.08
    • 98.05.00 - Myles Boisen Guitar Trio: Glenn Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), Boisen (g) / The Sweat Shop, San Francisco, CA
      [Cadence Vol.24 no.6, June 1998 p.2]
    • 98.05.04 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), Adam Lane (b), Donald Robinson (dr) / “Jazz/Art,”
      7:00pm, South Branch Library, Berkeley, CA [The San Francisco Examiner May 3 “Datebook” p.22]
      “Audience is invited to draw while listening. Drawing materials provided.”
    • 98.05.09 - Glenn Spearman Trio: as above / The Sweat Shop, San Francisco, CA
      [Cadence Vol.24 no.6, June 1998 p.2] “Playing the music of Cecil Taylor”

    98.05.25 • Raphé Malik Quartet: Companions

    Eremite Records MTE 034 (CD) 2002

    May 25, 1998 / The Vision Festival, Orensanz Art Center, New York City

     1. Lyon’s Jump
     2. Emblematic
     3. Health Food
     4. Bend
     13:24
     10:38
      9:53
      7:19

    “Jimmy Lyons Tribute, and the final Malik/Spearman concert.”
    —from the liners.

    Raphé Malik (tp, Comp), Glenn Spearman (ts),
    William Parker (b), Paul Murphy (dr)

    {MTE013}


    • 98.00.00 (2) - Raphé Malik Quintet: Malik (tp), Glenn Spearman (ts), others... / Albany, NY
      [Peter Gershon (Signal to Noise) March 23, 2003]
      “Sometime in early 1998.”
    • 98.05.30 - Jazz Summit: Glenn Spearman (ts), Bill Grove (cl), Raphé Malik (tp), Bob Fenton (p), David Prentice (vn),
      John Heward and Mark Hundevad (dr), “among others” / 9:00pm, Barcode, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
      [“The List: A critical guide to what’s happening” The Globe and Mail May 30; Toronto Star May 28 p.H-7]
    • 98.06.13 - Don Paul (poetry) & Glenn Spearman (ts) / North Beach Festival, Poetry Stage, San Francisco, CA
      [San Francisco Weekly June 10, 1998]

      “Son of the Beach Beat poet Jack Micheline died rather unceremoniously on a BART train earlier this year, but his work, contained
      in 20-odd volumes of poetry, lives on at the North Beach Festival’s poetry stage, which makes reference to his death-in-transit with
      the theme ‘The Beat Rolls On.’ Like every other street fair in the city, the North Beach Festival will be jammed with food booths
      and art of questionable merit, but the poetry stage, the only one of its kind among all the city’s fairs, offers a little local color with
      an homage to the North Beach beat scene. Jazz poet Ruth Weiss teams up with the Marcus Shelby Trio, and poet/performer Don
      Paul is accompanied by saxophonist Glenn Spearman; chapbooks and other poetry paraphernalia will be sold. The fair’s other
      distinguishing characteristics include ‘L’Infiorata,’ a block-long re-creation of famous art, done in flower petals by two teams
      of Italian artists, and the blessing of the animals by Franciscan monks from the Shrine of St. Francis. The festival begins at
      10:00am (also Sunday) on the 1200-1500 blocks of Grant, the 500 block of Green, the 1500 block of Stockton, and in Washington
      Square Park, San Francisco, CA. Admission is free.”

    • 98.06.25 - Glenn Spearman (ts), John Hinds (ts, ss,, perc), Peter Hinds (perc), Paul Murphy (dr) / Oakland, CA [Peter Hinds 04.01.06]

    98.07.02 • Matthew Goodheart Trio + One [AR—60:00]

    July 2, 1998 / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA

     1... compositions/improvisations   60:00

    Matthew Goodheart (p), Glenn Spearman (ts), Wadada Leo Smith (tp), Donald Robinson (dr)

    {Ras Moshe 04.01.16}


    • 98.07.06 - Marco Eneidi’s American Jungle Orchestra: Spearman (ts), Eneidi (as), unknown others / Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
      [Craig Matsumoto The Wedge Page, “Creative Music—Recent History”]
    • 98.07.13 - Marco Eneidi’s American Jungle Orchestra: as above / Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA [ibid]
    • 98.07.16 - Glenn Spearman (ts), John Hinds (ts, ss, perc), Kash Killion (ce), Paul Murphy (dr) / Oakland, CA [Peter Hinds 04.01.06]

    • “The American Jungle Orchestra has seen various incarnations over its 18 plus months of existence. However, most of the creative musicians
      in the area have sat in rehearsals and shows during that time. This past June and July has seen the formation of a solid group of 20 players.
      Marco chose two pieces for the current shows: a lengthy, intricate score by Jimmy Lyons called ‘Something is the Matter,’ [written] for the
      orchestra Bill Dixon was conducting at Bennington in 1975; and one of his own pieces called ‘Hallelujah’—a jump or riff tune. By the time
      the orchestra played Yoshi’s on July 20th it had already done two warmup shows at the Luggage Store in San Francisco, and both pieces
      were well-received by an enthusiastic audience of over a hundred people.”
      —“Marco Eneidi & The Big Band Concept,” OUTSIDE Magazine #1 August 1998, www.bayimproviser.com

    98.07.20 + 07.21 • Glenn Spearman & Dominic Duval: Working With the Elements

    Creative Improvised Music Projects CIMP #181 (CD) 1999 / Spirit Room Series Vol. 72
    • (V/A) CIMPosium Volume Six #176-190
      Creative Improvised Music Projects CIMP #706 (CD) 1999
    July 20 & 21, 1998 / The Spirit Room, Rossie, NY

     1. Step Up
     2. Series Series
     3. Augh Oh
     4. Legato
     5. Sass Bolo
     6. Zantackin Down
     7. Call Separation
     8. Sitting In
     9. Senortolo—Back By the Bay
      9:32
     12:19
     11:11
      9:10
      5:47
      5:17
      5:32
      4:29
      3:35

    —Track 9 is a Spearman tenor solo; track 5 is a Duval bass solo.

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Dominic Duval (b)

    {CIMP #181}


    98.07.25 • Glenn Spearman: First and Last

    Eremite MTE015 (CD) 1999 IT

    July 25, 1998, 1:00pm / 1998 Fire In The Valley Festival, Amherst, MA
    —Spearman’s last earth gig/recording...

     1. Intertextural Reference (Goodheart)
     2. Under the Incalculable Sky,
        Listless, Diseased with Stars (collective)
     21:10
     21:58

    “According to Shantee, Spearman was able to fulfill his last wishes, which were
    to travel by train with his family to Maine and to play his last concert ‘full out’
    at the Fire in the Valley Festival in Amherst.”
    Bay Area Artists of the Diaspora: Glenn Spearman, Mills College Archives

    Glenn Spearman (ts), Matthew Goodheart (p), Rashid Bakr (dr)

    {MTE015; The Boston Globe Jul 23 “Calendar” p.28 + Jul 24 p.D17}


      98.08.15 - Marco Eneidi’s Mystery Ensemble: Eneidi (as), unknown others, perhaps Spearman... / The Sweat Shop, San Francisco, CA
      [Craig Matsumoto The Wedge Page “Creative Music—Recent History”]

      “You may or may not know that Glenn was working on a duo record with Donald Robinson for Michael Ehlers before he died.
      This project remains unreleased and in my vault. Inquiries to Ehlers about the fate of this project have gone unanswered.”
      —Myles Boisen (Guerrilla Recording) 09.12.08



      October 7th, 1998 : : :

      “I asked him, ‘Are you dying?’ He said, ‘No.’”

      —Glenn Spearman’s wife, Shantee, on the night before his death

      [Jack Foley, “Glenn Spearman, The Musa-Physics: Myth—Science—Poetics, Ascension Publication,” The Alsop Review]


      October 7th, 1998 : : :

      A memorial service will be held tomorrow for Glenn Spearman, a saxophonist and composer who for the past decade was a leader
      of the Bay Area improvised-music scene. Mr. Spearman died of colon cancer Thursday at his home in Berkeley at the age of 51.

      A big man with a big heart and a big sound on the tenor sax, Mr. Spearman was always seeking ways of creating opportunities
      for local musicians. He was an enthusiastic instructor as well as a performer and recording artist.

      Mr. Spearman was born in New York City to a family saturated in music, thanks mainly to his father, an opera singer. At age 11,
      he and his mother moved to Concord, where he later attended Mount Diablo High School. An All-Northern California football player,
      he enrolled at Colorado State University on scholarship, later transferring to San Jose State University, where he began playing
      saxophone. An acolyte of pioneering free-jazz players such as Albert Ayler and Cecil Taylor, Mr. Spearman performed at several
      Bay Area venues in the late ’60s and early ’70s, including the Native Son in Berkeley and Stanford University’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium.
      After living and working in Europe for a few years, he returned to the United States in 1978 but continued to perform frequently
      in Europe. In 1983, he was hired by Taylor and performed with the eminent pianist for a year. After that, work came more frequently.
      In 1990, he received a New England Federation for the Arts Meet the Composer grant, the first of several stipends. That year, he also
      formed the Glenn Spearman Double Trio, which would perform in Europe, Canada, and the United States and record three CDs
      that have been released and a fourth one that is due out. In 1993, when the local improvised-music scene—an alternative to mainstream
      jazz—was blossoming, Mr. Spearman joined the faculty of Oakland’s Mills College to teach creative music tradition, saxophone,
      and improvisation. In 1995, he became a visiting professor at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., and, in 1996, he was selected as
      artist-in-residence at the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. In the past few years, he has released several CDs under his leadership,
      and appeared as a sideman on others. In 1996, he and alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi began leading a large ensemble of local musicians
      called the Creative Music Orchestra and released a CD by that name last year. A collection of Mr. Spearman’s poems and philosophy,
      Musaphysics, was published last year by Small Press Distribution of Berkeley.

      Mr. Spearman is survived by his wife, Shantee Baker Spearman of Berkeley; his mother, Marianne Ellis of Oakland; his father,
      Rawn Spearman of Nashua, NH; and four children: Rose Steiger of Rotterdam, Holland; Ahmad and Jihan of Oakland; and Angelica
      of Berkeley. He also cared for stepchildren Jessica and Jasper Kingeter of Berkeley. A memorial service at Harris Funeral Home,
      1331 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, will be held at 11:00am tomorrow. Visitation at the Funeral Home is from 3:00 to 6:00pm. today, with
      a quiet hour from 6:00 to 7:00pm. A benefit concert/jam session for Mr. Spearman’s family will be held November 21 at the Berkeley
      Store Gallery, 2295 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.

      —David Rubien Obituary, The San Francisco Chronicle Oct 10 p.A-21


      October 16th, 1998 : : :

      Sharon Caya / The Mills College Weekly, October 16, 1998

      The Mills community mourns the death of Glenn Spearman, a Mills professor, saxophonist, composer, son, husband, father and
      friend to many. Spearman died on Thursday morning, October 8, after a brief bout with colon cancer. His wife, Shantee Baker
      Spearman, said “Glenn was sleeping peacefully and died in peace at home, surrounded by his loved ones.” Spearman began at
      Mills as a guest lecturer for a freshwoman seminar presented by David Bernstein and Thomas Strychacz in 1992. “The minute
      Glenn started talking,” said Bernstein, “we knew he was a gifted teacher.” Spearman joined Mills in 1993 and took on the
      Creative Music Tradition class where he lectured on jazz greats like John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Billie Holiday and Sun Ra.
      Spearman was also a great help to his colleagues. “Glenn helped develop their improvisational skills within a context close to
      the African American tradition,” said Bernstein, who regarded Spearman as “a mentor for those folks in our department.”

      Bernstein went on to say that “Glenn really did build bridges his whole life between different sorts of people, ... both on a personal
      level, a philosophical level, and a musical level.”

      An accomplished musician, Spearman began piano lessons at age six and tried a number of instruments before settling on the tenor
      saxophone in college. “The first few years, Glenn would say he didn’t know anything about how to play the horn,” said Marco
      Eneidi, a friend and colleague. “He just blew really hard and it screamed.”

      Spearman spent three years at the University of Colorado before he left school to pursue a career in music. “It was the ’60s and
      there was a whole lot of stuff to be dropping out over,” he told reporter Renee Doruyter of the European Jazz Journal in 1992,
      “the whole sense of Black pride, power. For me it was a profound time, when I searched for roots and found them in the music.”

      He studied with multi-instrumentalist Dave Ellis (his stepfather), master musician Cecil Taylor in New York, and saxophonist
      Frank Wright in Paris. “They called him ‘little Frank,’” Eneidi said.

      Spearman served on the board of directors of New Langton Arts in San Francisco from 1995 to 1996 and lectured at many
      colleges and conservatories in New England, Canada, and California. In addition to writing over 500 compositions for the tenor
      sax, he also composed four large orchestral works. He was involved in many free jazz groups, including Glenn Spearman’s
      G-Force and The Glenn Spearman Double Trio. ...

      Spearman toured extensively in Europe in the 1970s where a greater audience for “free jazz” existed. It was in Paris where he
      met his close friend of 27 years, Donald Robinson. Robinson characterized Spearman as a man of passion. “What you saw is
      what he was compelled to do,” said Robinson.

      While Spearman did not have the same academic training as some of his colleagues, he was well-respected as a serious artist.
      “I’m a revolutionary and a rebel,” Spearman once said, “and I just did it my way.” Bernstein said, “to be in the Cecil Taylor
      Unit—it’s like getting a P.h.D in improvisation. Glenn was a very advanced virtuoso, a musical thinker and composer.”

      Spearman’s father, Rawn Spearman, is a consummate opera artist and a master of Negro spirituals and folklore, according to
      J.D. Parran, a visiting music professor at Mills who studied clarinet with Spearman’s uncle, Ohara. Spearman said both men
      had a lot in common, including “a high level of sweetness, spirituality, magnetism and a goodness toward his fellow man.
      Glenn was the kind of person that a lot of people gathered around.”

      This was true at Spearman’s memorial service, as the room overflowed with people. The memorial began with a flood of
      organ music by Matthew Goodheart, followed by a powerful solo by long-time friend Raphé Malik. Spearman’s oldest child,
      Rose, who, he learned the night before he died, just signed a recording contract with Sony, played a cover of Billie Holiday’s
      “Don’t Explain.” Beautiful words were spoken by many, including a closing prayer by close friend and colleague Ben Lindgren.
      “Life for Glenn was always deep and spiritual,” said Lindgren, “and he was cliché-free, going for the heart of whatever he
      was doing.”

      Solos were also performed by Eddie Gale, J.D. Parran, Kash Killion, and Donald Robinson. Then, Shantee, Spearman’s wife,
      kissed him softly and passed his tenor saxophone on to his son, Ahmad.


      November 21st, 1998 : : :

      Paying Tribute to Saxophonist

      While Glenn Spearman’s death of colon cancer last month at age 51 was a huge loss to the Bay Area’s improvised-music
      community, the saxophonist’s ethos lives on in many ways—in the audience he helped develop, in the venues that sprang up
      to serve the audience and, most importantly, in the musicians that carry on the tradition he advanced.

      Dozens of these artists will participate in a benefit tribute to Spearman at Berkeley’s Beanbender’s on Saturday, with the
      proceeds going to his family. Spearman was a firebrand on the sax, best known for his unfettered, hurricane-like blowing, a
      signature of the free-jazz tradition he was schooled in. His gift involved wrapping his improvisational explosions in suite-like
      structures and using simple, beautiful melodies to ignite a musical conflagration. This balance of improvisation and composition
      came to fruition in the Glenn Spearman Double Trio, a union of two bands—Spearman’s own Trio, and Room, an avant-garde
      classical outfit featuring electronics, saxophone, and percussion. Room’s electronics whiz Chris Brown, who plays acoustic
      piano in the Double Trio and co-directs the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College, explains: “Room was very into
      composed structures. Glenn’s idea was you had a series of notes —it could be very simple—and you took off from there. It was
      totally exhilarating. ... A kind of ecstatic dialogue would take place, where everybody was sort of speaking in tongues, playing
      more with their bodies than anything else.”

      When the Double Trio performs at the benefit Saturday, Spearman’s slot will be taken by his brilliant alto-sax-playing
      colleague Marco Eneidi. The second saxophonist, Larry Ochs, will be out of town, so someone yet to be named will attempt
      to fill his shoes. The rest of the bill consists of a constellation of bands Spearman either led or played with: an expanded ROVA
      saxophone lineup, G-Force (featuring Eneidi, Lisle Ellis, James Routhier and Donald Robinson), Matthew Goodheart, Positive
      Knowledge, J.D. Parran, Vinny Golia, Ben Lindgren, poet Jack Foley, Room’s percussion ace Willie Winant, Kash Killion,
      and others. Closing the show will be the American Jungle Orchestra, a 30-strong blend of professionals and students taught
      by Spearman and Eneidi.

      All present will recall Spearman as someone who pushed them deeper into their music. “We propelled each other,” says Eneidi
      of his late friend. “We really locked up. I never had that with anybody else.”

      [David Rubien The San Francisco Examiner Nov 15 “Datebook” p.49]

      —“A Tribute Concert for Glenn Spearman ... Featuring ... [in additon to those listed above] Spirit, Oluyemi Thomas, Don Paul,
       Ijeoma Thomas, Jasper Baker, and Ahmad Spearman.”
       [Craig Matsumoto The Wedge Page “Creative Music—Recent History”]



      March 6th, 1999 : : :

      Glenn Spearman Memorial Concert with Raphé Malik, William Parker... / Unitarian Meetinghouse, Amherst, MA
      [Bob Blumenthal “Arts & Film” The Boston Globe, March 5, 1999]

      “Other folks who played at the March 6 memorial concert in Amherst were Marco Eneidi, Donald Robinson (who was fucking incredible
      that night), Dominic Duval, and myself (I played duo with Duval), and I think Sabir Mateen and John Heward also played.”
      —Matthew Goodheart 09.12.15



      Glenn Spearman Music Festival, February 13 to 18, 2000 / Mills College Concert Hall, Mills College, Oakland, CA

      March 13th : : : Dedication of the Glenn Spearman Archive into the Mills College Library Collection, with a Panel Discussion /
      2:00pm, Olin Library, Heller Rare Book Room, Mills College, Oakland, CA

      March 14th : : : Double Trio: performance and live recording of Glenn Spearman’s last major composition,
      “Nut Dust and Powder before the Altar (Goobers)” performed by the original members of Glenn Spearman’s Double Trio,
      including Larry Ochs, Chris Brown, William Winant, Lisle Ellis...”

      March 15 : : : The Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble under the direction of Fred Frith,
      with guest soloists Karen Borca, Oluyemi Thomas, Spirit, and Jack Foley.

      March 16th : : : Marco Eneidi’s “OTA Xstatic” with Damon Smith, Marshall Trammell, and Nicco Eneidi;
      JD Parran & Shantee Spearman Duo; What We Live: Larry Ochs, Lisle Ellis, Donald Robinson.

      March 17th : : : Marco Eneidi, Eddie Gale, Karen Borca, Kash Killion, and Donald Robinson Quintet; Chris Brown Solo piano;
      Positive Knowledge: Oluyemi Thomas, Ijeoma Thomas, Spirit; Matthew Goodheart Solo piano.

      March 18th : : : Marco Eneidi and the American Jungle Orchestra; 40-piece orchestra with full string section and vocal choir.

      [www.bayimproviser.com/events.htm]


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