Douglas R. Ewart : Angel

Douglas R. Ewart : Angel

Currently included in The Whitney Museum’s excellent Blues For Smoke exhibition along with The Art Ensemble of Chicago and many others. Douglas R. Ewart (b. Kingston, Jamaica, 1946) is a multi-instrumentalist and instrument builder. He plays sopranino and alto saxophones, clarinets, bassoon, flute, bamboo flutes (shakuhachi, ney, and panpipes), and didgeridoo; as well as Rastafarian hand drums. Ewart emigrated to the United States in June 1963 (coming to Chicago) and became associated with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in 1967, studying with Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell. He served as that organization’s president from 1986 to 1979.

To Douglas Ewart

Made the sad man pray
made the joy jump and leap into wholesome zones
made the sadness leave itself
in a moment of the fisherman, the sea catcher the great
universal explorer that can take
galaxies and place them in
a moment
taking the best of you
making the rest of you holler
Yes.

Aileen Muhammad 2013

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