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Listen to Brother Ah’s 1981 music for Meditation

March 2017

New set Divine Music comprises three previously unreleased albums by the musician, composer and broadcaster Robert Northern

French hornist and cosmic jazz explorer Robert Northern, better known as Brother Ah, made numerous homemade and small group recordings in the late 1970s and early 80s, alongside his better known work as a sideman and ensemble player for the likes of Sun Ra and Freddie Hubbard, and with larger groups such as 1972’s Sound Awareness. His 1981 album Meditation, now released for the first time as part of the three disc set Divine Music, reflects the inward focus of many of his recordings of this stage of his career, and underlines his longstanding fascination for natural sounds and non-Western music.

With Brother Ah on flute, zither and tape recordings, accompanied by Cleo Jomo Faulks on percussion instruments, the six tracks of Meditation present the spiritual side of the musician, composer, broadcaster and teacher's career, which is now on the verge of its sixth decade.

The Divine Music set is released this month by Manufactured Recordings, and each of the three albums it comprises are due for release as individual downloads. You can read more about Brother Ah's distinguished career in Phil Freeman's interview in The Wire 398.

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