The
Glenn Spearman
Sessionography


(February 14, 1947 - October 8, 1998)





A work in progress
by Rick Lopez.


Document begun September 26, 2000

UPDATES

April 9, 2017



©Photo by Michael Wilderman / JazzVisionsPhotos.com.

The Deep Digging; The Incantations;
The Inspirations; All These Words...

"Glenn Spearman's one book of poetry, MUSA PHYSICS, is available via Eremite Records.
We did a nice, numbered reprint of it to sell at the Amherst Memorial Concert in March '99, and I still have some copies.
All moneys (not just 'profits') go to Spearman's people." —Michael Ehlers / Eremite



Thank You to those who've helped.
A brief list posted many years ago during the document's beginnings.
Subsequent credits are listed in individual session entries.


Glenn Spearman page at the Beanbender's site, including:

• Kevin Whitehead's bio of Glenn from the Mystery Project CD.
• Dave Rubien's obituary for Glenn, from the San Francisco Chronicle.
• Tribute Concert announcement, Saturday, November 21, 1998.
• 99 Hooker's Remembrance of Glenn.


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 through 77.07.23 / Incident: Incident (Coreco)
  • 78.04.11 / Raphé Malik Quartet [BR] NYC
  • 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 / Glenn Spearman: Night After Night (Musa-Physics)
    + 81.05.24
  • 81.05.24 / 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
  • 88.06.25 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 / Glenn Spearman Quartet [Unissued Studio Recordings] Upper Marlboro
  • 91.04.25 / Glenn Spearman Quartet [Unissued Studio Recordings] Upper Marlboro
  • 91.04.26 / Glenn Spearman Quartet [Unissued Studio Recordings] Upper Marlboro
  • 91.05.09-11 / 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 / Marco Eneidi: The Marco Eneidi Coalition (Botticelli Records)
    + 91.09.13
  • 91.09.13 / 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 / Dennis Warren's Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble: Legacy (FMRJE)
    + 91.10.27
  • 91.10.27 / 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
  • 92.03.20 / 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 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Mystery Project (Black Saint)
    + 92.08.21
  • 92.08.21 / 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
  • 93.08.20 / Eddie Gale Quintet [AVR] Santa Cruz
  • 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
  • 93.11.00 / 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
  • 94.05.06 / Glenn Spearman Group [SB] Oakland
  • 94.05.00 (1) / Glenn Spearman's G-Force: Let It Go (Red Toucan)
    • (V/A) amalgam(e) 10 ans de Red Toucan (Red Toucan)
  • 94.05.00 (2) / Glenn Spearman: Free Worlds (Black Saint)
    + 94.06.00; 94.12.00 (1); 95.06.00 (2)
  • 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 (1); 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
  • 94.10.16 / 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 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio: The Fields (Black Saint)
    + 94.11.16
  • 94.11.16 / Glenn Spearman Double Trio: The Fields (Black Saint)
  • 94.12.00 (1) / Glenn Spearman: Free Worlds (Black Saint)
    + 94.05.00 (2); 94.06.00; 95.06.00 (2)
  • 94.12.00 (2) / Don Paul: Flowers Smell Like Gasoline (no label)
  • 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)
  • 95.01.00 / Trio Hurricane + 1 [AR]
    • (V/A) Wiretapper 6 Special Edition (WIRE Magazine)
  • 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 (1)
  • 95.06.00 (3) / Matthew Goodheart: Sonoluminescence (Nine Winds)
  • 95.06.05 / Eneidi, Spearman, Ellis, Robinson: For Our Children (Botticelli Records)
  • 95.06.06 / 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 / Marco Eneidi: Marco Eneidi & The American Jungle Orchestra: S/T (Boticelli)
    + 96.09.14
  • 96.09.14 / 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 / The Glenn Spearman & John Heward Group: th (CIMP)
    + 97.05.22
    • (V/A) CIMPosium Volume 4
  • 97.05.22 / The Glenn Spearman & John Heward Group: th (CIMP)
  • 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 / Glenn Spearman & Dominic Duval: Working With the Elements (CIMP)
    + 98.07.21
    • (V/A) CIMPosium Volume Six #176-190 (CIMP)
  • 98.07.21 / Glenn Spearman & Dominic Duval: Working With the Elements (CIMP)
  • 98.07.25 / Glenn Spearman: First and Last (Eremite)




1970

1980

1990


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. —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) [15:03]
2. People in Sorrow (Roscoe Mitchell) [7:43]
3. Kako Tune (Kako) [11:12]
4. Infidels (Reid) [9:14]
"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-1,2,3,4 ss-4), 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." [web resource]

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) [11:20]
2. 500 Miles High (Corea) [6:45]
3. Jurakudai (Kako) [18:00]
4. Emergency Theme (Reid) [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) /
    Théáatre 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 hope that answers your question (and then some!).

    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 through 77.07.23 • Incident: Incident

Coreco Records 01 (LP) 1977 NED

July 12 through July 23, 1977 / Vondelstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1. Spooks (Armfield/Spearman) [8:39]
2. Herrie (Spearman) [7:42]
3. Loaded Rough Lunch (Spearman) [4:59]
4. Incident (Piller) [10:26]
5. A Music Ensemble (Collective) [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 [ : ]
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)

{discogs.com}


"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

1978 : : :


    78.00.00 - "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

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

April 11, 1978 / Live At The Lower Manhattan Ocean Club, New York City
WKCR-FM
1. unknown title [55:00]
Raphé Malik (tp), Glenn Spearman (ts, ss), Billy Bang (vn), Rashid Bakr (dr)

{Anonymous 02.10.28, 05.12.31}


1979 : : :


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

March 4, 1979 / WKCR-FM Studio, Columbia University, NYC
Live Radio Broadcast
1. unknown title [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 70's."
—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, New York City
    [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.
1st Set:
 SUITE: Life Without Lloyd
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. unknown title [30:36]
2. unknown title [28:26]
3. unknown title [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]


1970

1980

1990


80.05.14 • Raphe Malik Quartet [BR]

May 14, 1980 / Soundscape, New York City
WKCR-FM Broadcast, 10.09.08
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Raphe Malik (tp), Glenn Spearman (as), William Parker (b), Rashid Bakr (dr)

{Ed Hazell 10.09.08}


  • 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 November 18, 1980 p.32]
    —"Tickets will be available at the door for $1."

1981 : : :


    81.00.00 - 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,
    [This is 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
81.05.24 • Glenn Spearman: Night After Night

Musa-Physics MP-0001 (LP) 1985

May 23 & 24, 1981 / Arch Street Studios, Berkeley, CA
1. Atlanta [12:25]
2. Aithien [2:22]
3. Futura [7:07]
4. Uran [13:05]
5. Ictus [7:16]
Glenn Spearman (ts-1,2,3,4, bcl-2, 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 February 18, 1982]

  • 82.03.07 - The 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, 1982 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, New York City

    "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. unknown title [53:42]  (fades in, split track with fade out and in at 37:08, ends with applause)
2. unknown title [22:15]  (fades in, incomplete, cuts out at end)
—This session has been circulating with an incorrect date of 82.03.01. This could have been 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 March 30, 1982 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)

{CD-R; 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, 1982 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. unknown title [31:45]
2. unknown title [46:51]  (incomplete)
—Also circulating misdated as 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, 1982 p.98}


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

April 18, 1982 / Lush Life, New York City
1. unknown title [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, 1982 p.136]
  • 82.05.27 - The Cecil Taylor Expanded Unit—Segments: personnel as below / Judson Memorial Church, NYC (see 82.05.28 below)

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 [13:18]
2. Part 2 [17:12]
3. Part 3 [9:24]
4. Part 4 [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)

{CD-R; Jan Ström's Jimmy Lyons, A Sessionography p.60; André Martinez Archive 02.05.27}


  • 82.06.29 and 82.06.30 - 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, 1982 p.144]
    "Lester Bowie sat in on one of the gigs." (06.29 to 07.02) —André Martinez 02.10.18.
  • 82.07.01 and 82.07.02 - The Cecil Taylor Unit: as above / 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, 1982 p.144]
    —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. unknown title [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)

{Primary Source: CD-R; 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, 21:45-23:30, 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.

1983 : : :


  • No known performances...

1984 : : :


    84.00.00 - "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 : : :


    86.00.00 - 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]

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) [15:22]
2. South (Murphy) [10:58]
3. East (Parker) [18:49]
4. West (Spearman) [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 Vol.23 no.9 September 1997 p.41

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

{120102-2; www.camoriginalsoundtracks.com}


1987 : : :


  • 87.05.01 and 87.05.02 - 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, 1987; Be-Bop and Beyond, Fall 1987, p.7]

1988 : : :


    88.00.00 - "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: Parker, Glenn Spearman (ts), Rob Brown (as), Roy Campbell (tp), 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, 1988 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 of 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, 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}


  • 88.06.13 and 88.06.14 - 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, 1988]

88.06.25 • Hinds Brothers with Paul Murphy & Glenn Spearman [AVR]

June 25, 1988 / Emeryville, CA
—"Recorded in the rec room of a high-end apartment complex that Paul was living at the time."
1. improvisations [ : ]
—Hallucinatory video excerpt below at 4:42.

Glenn Spearman (ts), John Hinds (ts, ss, perc), Peter Hinds (perc), Paul Murphy (dr)

{Peter Hinds 04.01.06 and 13.01.22}



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

July 2, 1988 / LPC Studios, Oakland, CA
1. improvisations [ : ]
—Video excerpt below at 3:10.

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

{Peter Hinds 04.01.06 and 13.01.22}



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

July 16, 1988 / LPC Studios, Oakland, CA
1. improvisations [ : ]
—Video excerpts below at 4:16.

Glenn Spearman (ts), John Hinds (ts,ss), 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]

July 23, 1988 / LPC Studios, Oakland, CA
1. improvisations [ : ]
—Video excerpts below at 5:08 and 6:28.

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

{Peter Hinds 04.01.06 and 13.01.22}





  • 88.08.00 - Paul Murphy Trio: Glen Spearman (ts), Kash Killion (ce), Murphy (dr) / Concord Jazz Festival, San Ramon, CA
    [Paul Murphy web Bio]

1989 : : :


  • 89.04.28 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Spearman (ts), India Cooke (vn), Kash Killion (ce, b, keys), Paul Murphy (dr) /
    Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
    [Graham Connah 03.02.17 and 03.03.09; Cadence Vol.15 no.4 April '89, p.92; Santa Cruz Sentinel April 28, 1989 p.59]
    "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 present(ed) 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. His group was a quartet. Personnel probably included Ben Lindgren, may have also included Kash Killion or India Cooke,
    perhaps Don Robinson or Paul Murphy on drums... all that is speculation." —Graham Connah (Personnel and exact date in Cadence)

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. unknown title [15:23]  (cuts in during intro)
2. unknown title [4:31]
3. unknown title [3:23]
"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)

{CD-R; Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.09; Correct date from Larry Kelp, in The Oakland Tribune—photocopy, no date or page shown;
David Rubien "Sunday Notebook: Improvisers Play It by Ear At First Bay Area Fest / 15 Eclectic Acts" The San Francisco Chronicle 89.07.30, p.36}


  • 89.08.10 - Glenn Spearman Ensemble: no personnel details / 21st Annual Concord Jazz Festival,
    11:30pm-1:30am, Brown Bag Jazz at Bishop Ranch 2, San Ramon, CA [box ad schedule photocopy]
  • 89.08.11 - Glenn Spearman Ensemble: no personnel details / 21st Annual Concord Jazz Festival,
    8:00-11:00pm, Parkside Hotel, Walnut Creek, CA [ibid]


1970

1980

1990


    "In April 1990 Glenn was expecting to make a record for Silkheart... Unfortunately Knox lost interest
    so the quartet recording never came out." [Roy Morris long-hand correspondence 06.06.19]
    90.05.17 - 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 June 29, 1990 Sec.C p.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) / "CAC", Los Angeles, CA
    [Laurence Svirchev 03.12.18]
    —"A photography exhibition opening."
  • 90.06.22-07.02 - Glenn Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis (b), others? / Glass Slipper, duMaurier Jazz Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    [Laurence Svirchev 03.12.18; "All That Jazz" column by Renee Doruyter, in The Province June 28, 1990]
    —"[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 June 29, 1990 Sec.C p.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
    [Mark Miller The Globe and Mail 90.06.29, Sec.C p.10]

90.07.01 • Gregg Simpson: Drum Fire

Condition West Productions 001 (CD) 2001

July 1, 1990, 3:15pm / duMaurier Jazz Festival, Yuk-Yuks Comedy Club, Vancouver, British Columbia, 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; Gregg Simpson 14.12.09; "All That Jazz" column by Renee Doruyter, in The Province, June 28, 1990;
www.citizenjazz.com/article3459057.html}


    90.08.00 - 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. They decided to combine ail 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

90.09.11 • Glenn Spearman Quartet [BR]
KPFA-FM Radio

September 11, 1990 / KPFA-FM Studio, Berkeley, CA
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

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 [27:59]
2. The Solidification of Fires [15:30]
3. Summoning Voices [12:43]
Glenn Spearman (ts, bells, voc), John Heward (dr, voc, kalimba)

{CJR 1103}


90.11.16 • Glenn Spearman Quartet [SR]

November 16, 1990 / 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}


90.12.19 • Spearman–Lindgren Trio [Rehearsal Recording]

December 19, 1990 / Lindgren Studios, Berkeley, CA
1. unknown titles [ : ]
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. unknown titles [ : ]
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's, 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 / IMPROVCORE at Olive's, 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}



  • 91.01.31 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis and Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr) /
    IMPROVCORE at Olive's, San Francisco, CA [Improvised Music Association Newsletter April/May 1991]
  • 91.02.05 - Glenn Spearman: (no personnel info), possibly the 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's, San Francisco, CA [Improvised Music Association Newsletter April/May 1991]
  • 91.02-03.00 - Glenn Spearman & Peter Valsamis: Spearman (ts), Valsamis (dr) / Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    [home.comcast.net/(tilde)petervalsamis/petervalsamis/resume.html]
    "Workshop on New Directions in Jazz and Drumming ...early February/March"

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 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis and Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr) /
    IMPROVCORE at Olive's, San Francisco, CA [Improvised Music Association Newsletter April/May 1991]
  • 91.02.21 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: as above / IMPROVCORE at Olive's, San Francisco, CA [ibid]
    "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's, San Francisco, CA [Improvised Music Association Newsletter April/May 1991]
    "weekly Thursday night... (since mid-January)" —IMA Newsletter

    —No indication of how long this engagemant lasted, so possibly continuing into March, etc. —RL

  • 91.00.00 - Lisle Ellis Trio: Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), Ellis (b) / San Francisco, CA

  • 91.03.00 - "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]
  • 91.03.06 - 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 91.03.08, Sec.C p.7]
    "Billed as a solo bass performance, but Ellis turned up with..."
    CODA #238 July 1991 p.10 has the date above wrongly pegged as 91.03.16.
  • 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}


91.05.09
91.05.10
91.05.11 • Glenn Spearman Quartet [Unissued Studio Recordings]

April 24, 25 & 26, 1991 / Mapleshade Studios, Upper Marlboro, MD
1. unknown titles [ : ]
"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}


    Glenn spent most of 1991 on the road; among other projects, he appeared with a thundering Taylor nonet at New York's Knitting Factory,
    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

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. Second 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)

{CD-R; 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)

{CD-R; 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. unknown titles
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, Austria
    [Program for a performance at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music on April 10, 1991; 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 [15:26]
2. CC dedicated to Duke Ellington [6:50]
3. BLUE 2 dedicated to Miles Davis [5:37]
4. TALK dedicated to Miles Davis [14:51]
5. COMPANIONS TOO dedicated to Jimmy Lyons [9:06]
6. IT'S QUIET TIME dedicated to Thelonius Monk [8:07]
7. EXTENSIONS [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}


  • 91.07.02 - "On July 2, 1991, Glenn expressed annoyance that [Keith] Knox [of Silkheart Records] had lost interest. 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]
  • 91.07.00 - Glenn Spearman: (Likely with the Raphé Malik Quintet) /
    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.]

91.08.09 • Spearman–Lindgren Trio [Rehearsal Recording]

August 9, 1991 / Lindgren Studios, Berkeley, CA
1. 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's, San Francisco, CA
1. Painted with Lightning [ : ]
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
Audience Recording:
1. unknown title [9:08]  (incomplete, cuts in)
2. unknown title [15:28]
3. Inside & Out [9:32]
"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)

{CD-R; Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive} Soundboard not in my collection.


    "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
91.09.13 • Marco Eneidi: The Marco Eneidi Coalition

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

September 12 & 13, 1991 / Live at NO.B.I.A.S., North Bennington, VT
1. Albert's Ghost (Eneidi) [1:40]
2. Get Out (Eneidi) [9:50]
3. Diads (Jimmy Lyons) [15:37]
4. Ode for B.D. (Eneidi) [8:25]
5. Never (Jimmy Lyons) [19:27]
Marco Eneidi (as), Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp),
William Parker (b), Jackson Krall (dr)

{Botticelli 1010 CD}


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 (el-g),
Larry Roland (b, poetry),
Martin Gil (cga, perc), Dennis Warren (dr, timb)

{Legacy CD-R; 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 CD-R (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 daed November 3.
1. Passport to Freedom [18:37]
2. Jet Stream [5:29]
3. Search for Griots [2:08]
4. Eye in the Heart [9:51]
5. Future Now Music [12:47]
6. Chroma [7:59]
7. Alive & Strugglin' [3:17]
Legacy has tracks 1 and 2.

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

{FMRJE CD-R; 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. unknown titles [ : ]
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
—Venue also noted as "Heinz Afterworld Lounge".
1. Horus, SD III [58:08]  (split track at 51:01)
2. Thinking of Frank [28:44]  (followed by recording gap, track missing?)
 Glenn Spearman announcement
3. Straight Up, Straight Out [4:52]
—This was the first performance by this group.

"Glenn Spearman combined his trio... with another local trio... to form what was billed as a Double Trio.
First set was exactly one hour long... second set 45 minutes... seven-minute encore..."
—Stewart Kremsky, Cadence Vol.18 No.2 February 1992 p.2

"The Glenn Spearman Double Trio was formed in Oakland California, by Glenn Spearman and Larry Ochs in late 1991 from their two trios
(Ochs' Room and The Glenn Spearman Trio). The two tenor players had wanted to work together for several years; 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), Larry Ochs (ts, sss), Chris Brown (p, synth), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

{2CD-R; track detailing Gerhard Goral 06.05.07; David Rubien "Sunday Datebook: Glenn Spearman—Tenor Sax Man Is Bay Area's Free-Jazz Ace";
Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21; Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13, The San Francisco Chronicle December 15, 1991 p.44; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


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 / The Heinz Afterworld Lounge, Oakland, CA
1. S. D. III—Horus—Straight Up, Straight Out [41:40] (Continuous set)
 Glenn Spearman announcement [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)

{CD-R; Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


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

January 14, 1992 / KPFA-FM Studio, Berkeley, CA
Live Broadcast on KPFA-FM Radio
1. Geronimo's Song or Lester's Interview [47:20]
 radio announcement [0:26]
Glenn Spearman (ts), J.R. Routhier (g), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson and Spirit (perc)

{CD-R}


The performances on these disks 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
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}


92.02.29 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

February 29, 1992 / 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)

{Jesse Hamlin "Daily Datebook: Something Else" The San Francisco Chronicle February 18, 1992, Sec.D p.2;
Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13, Ben Lindgren Recording Archive; }


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}


92.03.20 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio Minus One [SB]

March 20, 1992 / Heinz Afterworld Lounge, Oakland, CA
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}


92.04.04 • Glenn Spearman Quartet [SB]

April 4, 1992 / New Zone Gallery, Eugene, OR
1. unknown titles [ : ]
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 "Sunday Notebook: Lisle Ellis—Canadian Bass Player Follows Heart to Jazz" The San Francisco Chronicle June 7, 1992 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. unknown title [25:21]
2. Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez) [17:15]
3. Short Peace—Geronimo's Song (continuous) [16:26]
Glenn Spearman (ts), James Routhier (g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

{CD-R; David Rubien "Sunday Notebook: Lisle Ellis—Canadian Bass Player Follows Heart to Jazz" The San Francisco Chronicle June 7, 1992 p.44;
track detailing Gerhard Goral 06.05.07}


  • 92.06.19-28 (1) - Spearman, Ellis, and Heward: Glenn Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis (b), John Heward (dr) /
    du Maurier International Jazz Festival, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    [Cadence Vol.18 no.8 August 1992, p.20]
    "...were 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
  • 92.06.19-28 (2) - Spearman, Ellis, Plimley, and Heward: Glenn Spearman (ts), Paul Plimley (p), Lisle Ellis (b), John Heward (dr) /
    du Maurier International Jazz Festival, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [ibid]
    "[Ellis and Heward] did two boisterous nights with Frank Wright disciple Glenn Spearman, Plimley sitting in the second..."

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
KPFA-FM Live Broadcast, "Mob Ecstasy" Poetry and Jazz Program
1. unknown title [25:21]
2. Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez) [17:15]
3. Short Peace—Geronimo's Song [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; Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}}


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. unknown titles [ : ]
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 Chronicle August 18, 1992;
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
92.08.21 • 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) [7:54]
2. Double Image (Ochs) [14:40]
3. Horus (Spearman) [21:54]
4. S. D. III (Spearman) [12:08]
5. Thinking of Frank (Spearman) [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 [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 / Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
1. Operation at the Level of the Phrase [16:37]
2. unknown title [17:33]
3. Geronimo's Song (Spearman) [16:51]
4. Horus (Spearman) [14:33]
5. GS announcement—Lyons Roar [8:45]
Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), James Routhier (g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

{CD-R; track detailing by Gerhard Goral 06.05.07}


92.12.04 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

December 4, 1992 / Mills College, Oakland, CA
1. unknown titles [ : ]
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}


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]

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

January 24, 1993 / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
1. unknown title [10:02]
2. untitled [9:05]
3. Lyons Roars (Spearman) [10:02]
4. July '87 [9:42]
5. Room 2 [10:13]
6. unknown title [9:40]
7. Geronimo's Song (Spearman) [9:37]
8. Good News Blues (Jimmy Lyons) [3:48]
Glenn Spearman (ts), James Routhier (g)

{CD-R; track detailing Gerhard Goral 06.05.07}


93.01.31 • Glenn Spearman Trio [SB]

January 31, 1993 / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


  • 93.02.07 - Glenn Spearman: no personnel details / San Francisco, CA [Cadence Vol.19 no.3 March 1993 p.4]
    "Spearman hosted a series of shows in February at Radio Valencia... teaming him with a variety of Bay Area improvisers
    like William Winant and Larry Ochs"
  • 93.02.14 - Glenn Spearman: as above / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA [ibid]
  • 93.02.21 - Glenn Spearman: as above / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA [ibid]
  • 93.02.28 - Glenn Spearman: as above / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA [ibid]

93.03.00 • Cecil Taylor Birthday Concert [AVR]

March, 1993 / Science and Music Seminar (Frota. MIT), New England Conservatory, Boston, MA
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Glenn Spearman (ts), Raphé Malik (tp), Trudy Morse (poetry, voc), "Cecil Taylor Birthday Concert—students"
—Not at all clear if Taylor was present.

{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 / unknown venue, San Francisco, CA
1st Set:
1. Open (Spearman) [10:43]
2. Arista Africa Napata (Spearman) [9:51]
3. Next Seen (Ochs) [7:25]
4. Mothers (Ayler) [10:47]  (cut-out from 1:11 to 1:40, probable tape flip)
2nd Set:
5. Painless (Ochs) [7:42]
6. Celestial Source (Spearman) [06:52]
7. Asaph (Spearman) [02:25]
—Ochs' tape has "Forward Lookin' (Spearman)" listed first in the 2nd Set, but it leads with "Painless"

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

{CD-R; Master Ochs' correspondence}


  • 93.05.24 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts, fl), probably Ben Lindgren (b), and Donald Robinson (dr) / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
    [Graham Connah 03.03.12]

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) [12:07]
2. Lacuna dedicated to Jimmy Lyons (Ellis) [6:01]
3. Life Cycle (Ellis) [5:15]
4. P.B. Parable (Ellis) [4:58]
5. Mothers (Albert Ayler) [6:05]
6. Re: Call (Ellis) [8:23]
7. Ground take 2 (Ellis) [12:08]
Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (ts and ss-1,2,3,4,6,7),
Joe McPhee (ts-5, ss-1,2,3,4,6,7), Christopher Cauley (as-1,2,3,4,6,7),
James Ruthier (el-g-3,4,6), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

{Victo CD 27}


93.06.11 • ROVA Plus 4 [AVR—50:00]

June 11, 1993 / Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, CA
1. unknown titles [50:00]
Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs, Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Jon Raskin, Dave Barrett, Vinny Golia, and Tim Berne (reeds)

{Video; Graham Connah 03.03.12}


93.06.12 • Figure Eight [AR—90:00]

June 12, 1993 / Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, CA
1. unknown titles [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}


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

June 27, 1993 / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
1st Set: (Ellis/McPhee/Robinson Trio)
1. unknown title [27:18]
2. unknown title—Ellis announcement [12:47]
2nd Set: (Septet)
3. unknown title [8:05]
4. Ground—Ellis announcement [13:46]  (incomplete, fades in)
5. Recall [13:05]
6. unknown title [6:50]
7. Lacuna [7:07]
Joe McPhee (ts, ss, valve-tb), 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 / Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1. Bicycle Sculptures [ : ]
Glenn Spearman (ts), Ben Lindgren (b)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


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

July 24, 1993 / National Art Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
1. Ballad (Jimmy Lyons) [6:08]
2. unknown title [10:01]
3. AB (Malik) [10:32]  (incomplete, fades out)
4. unknown title [10:48]
5. unknown title [5:08]
Raphé Malik (tp), Glenn Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), Larry Roland (b), Dennnis Warren (dr, perc)

{CD-R; 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]

93.08.20 • Eddie Gale Quintet [AVR]

August 20, 1993 / Kuumba Center, Santa Cruz, CA
1. unknown titles [ : ]
"[Eddie Gale] did a tribute to Sun Ra shortly after Sun Ra's death..."
—Patty Waters Interview, Cadence Vol.21 no.3 March 1995 p.23.

Eddie Gale (tp), Glenn Spearman (ts), John Tchicai (reeds), Chris Funkhauser (fl), Judith Holtoon (dance), Trudy Morse (poetry, voc)

{www.the-temple.net/trudy/videos-tapes.html}


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

August 28, 1993 / Saalfelden Jazz Festival, Saalfelden, Austria
 soundcheck, intro [4:05]
1. Headcount [4:05]
2. Initials [19:10]
 applause... announcement Ackley [1:40]
3. Triceratops [26:40]  (split track at 17:20)
4. unknown title [2:35]
 applause... announcement Ackley [4:40]
5. Tracers [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)

{2CD-R; www.rova.org Time Line; Heinrich Smejkal 02.12.18}


93.09.19 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

Sepember 19, 1993 / Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA
1. unknown titles [ : ]
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;
Jeff Kaliss "Sunday Datebook" The San Francisco Chronicle September 12, 1993 p.43}


93.10.08 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio: October 8, 1993

SFSU Poetry Center, no cat# (VHS)
  • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]
October 8, 1993 / New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
1. 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}


93.10.20 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

October 20, 1993 / Earshot World Jazz Festival, OK Hotel, Seattle, WA
1. "2 Sets" [ : ]
"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;
Down Beat February 1 1994, p.65; Patrick McDonald "Ambitious Earshot Broadens World Jazz Festival" The Seattle Times (no date) Sec.D p.8}


93.10.21 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

October 21, 1993 / Time Flies Festival, Glass Slipper, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Down Beat February 1, 1994 p.65 has this engagement mistakenly taking place in November.
1. unknown titles [ : ]
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}


93.10.22 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

October 22, 1993 / Time Flies Festival, Glass Slipper, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
1. unknown titles [ : ]
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}


93.10.23 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

October 23, 1993 / 8:00pm, WOW Hall, Community Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, OR
1. "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 October 22, 1993 p.56}


    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]

    93.10.31 or 93.11.07 or 93.11.21... John Tchicai: no personnel details / "...future Sundays will offer such artists as Herbie Lewis, Tony Passarell,
    Ben Lindgren, Glenn Spearman, and Lisle Ellis; and a bunch of actors and musicians are collaborating for a final extravaganza." /
    Bannam Place Theater, North Beach, CA
    [David Rubien "Sunday Datebook" The San Francisco Chronicle October 24, 1993 p.23]


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 [18:21]
2. Asaph [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) [3:35]
2. Axe, Beautiful Acts—Intake (Spearman) [10:20]
3. Operation at the Level of the Phrase (Spearman) [16:57]
4. Painted with Lightning (Spearman) [19:01]
5. Celestial Source (Spearman) [4:26]
6. announcement Ochs... Asaph (Spearman) [5:40]
Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (ts, sss), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson, William Winant (dr)

{CD-R; 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) [12:42]
2. No! (Ochs) [5:01]
3. Celestial Source (Spearman) [5:03]
4. Operation at the Level of the Phrase (Spearman) [18:22]
5. Axe, Beautiful Acts—Out-take (Spearman) [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 • Glenn Spearman Quartet [AR—8:01]

November 14, 1993 / Bannam Place Theatre, San Francisco, CA
 announcement, baby steps across the stage [0:46]
1. What To Do About (Jimmy Lyons) [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, and date confirmation}


93.11.00 • Glenn Spearman's G-Force [AVR—50:00]

November, 1993 / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
—Date given as 93.11.14, which is incorrect (See 93.11.14 above).
1. unknown titles [50:00]
Glenn Spearman (ts), James Routhier (g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

{Video; Graham Connah 03.03.12}


93.12.08 • Figure 8 (Rova x 4) [AR]

December 8, 1993 / Münich, Germany
1. unknown titles [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)

{CD-R}


1994 : : :


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

"1994 or 1995" / Heinz Club, Oakland, CA
1. Jerry (Frank Wright) [10:31]
2. Double Image—Horus—SD III [38:50]  (continuous, cuts in at beginning)
Glenn Spearman (ts), Henry Kaiser, Bruce Anderson, and Jim O'Rourke (g)

{CD-R; track detailing Gerhard Goral 06.05.07}


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

January, 1994 / Koncepts, Oakland, CA
unknown titles [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. unknown titles [ : ]
 "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; Stewart Kremsky, 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 [3:37]
2. LG-[S-DB-J]TV—for Ray Charles and Steve Lacy [15:31]
3. Tracers—for Anthony Braxton and Morton Feldman [27:07]
4. Drmes—transcription of traditional Croatian song [2:46]
5. Triceratops—for Iannis Xenakis and Roscoe Mitchell [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) 03.03.23]
    "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)
 announcement [0:20]
1. Ballad (Lyons) [10:00]
 announcement [0:30]
2. AB (Malik) [8:06]
 announcement [0:30]
3. What to Do About (Lyons) [5:26]
Glenn Spearman (ts)

{CD-R; Jesse Hamlin "Daily Datebook: Lively Arts" The San Francisco Chronicle 94.01.25, Sec.E p.2}


94.01.30 • Glenn Spearman Trio [SB]

January 30, 1994 / La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley, CA
1. unknown titles [ : ]
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 [12:56]
 announcemet
2. Plimley-Ellis Duo 2 [18:27]
3. unknown title [16:10]
Paul Plimley (p), Glenn Spearman (ts-3), Lisle Ellis (b)

{David Rubien "Surprise Hit at Vancouver Fest—Paul Plimley Brings Jazz Wizardry to S.F." The San Francisco Chronicle February 6, 1994 p.36;
Jakob Blumenthal 07.07.21; William Dennehy 03.10.14; }


  • 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. unknown titles [ : ]
"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 "Sunday Datebook" The San Francisco Chronicle February 2, 1994 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) [8:28]
2. Ballada (Jimmy Lyons) [7:02]
Glenn Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

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


94.05.02 • Marco Eneidi Quartet [BR]

May 2, 1994 / KPFA Performance Studio, Berkeley, CA
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Marco Eneidi (as), Glenn Spearman (ts), Chris Brown (keys), Donald Robinson (perc)

{www.well.com/gopher/Communications/KPFA/folios/may94lis.txt}


94.05.03 • Glenn Spearman Trio [SB]

May 3, 1994 / Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA
1. unknown titles [ : ]
Glenn Spearman (ts), Ben Lindgren (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

{Eleanor Lindgren 08.05.13; Ben Lindgren Recording Archive}


94.05.06 • Glenn Spearman Group [SB]

May 6, 1994 / Merchant's, Oakland, CA
1. unknown titles [ : ]
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}


94.05.15 • 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}


94.05.00 (1) • 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) [14:13]
2. July '87 (Spearman) [7:40]
3. Go Left Out Of Shantiville (Spearman) [6:14]
4. Short Peace (Spearman) [4:49]
5. Almost Shaft (Spearman) [10:55]
6. Mixed Bag (Spearman) [14:59]
7. Jerry (Frank Wright) [14:13]
8. Open [ : ]  (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}



94.05.00 (2) • Glenn Spearman: Free Worlds

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

"Early May," 1994 / Mobius Music, San Francisco, CA
1. Blare (Spearman) [9:20]
2. Field Before The Ram (Spearman) [12:26]
3. Graduation (Spearman) [10:03]
4. Lyons Roars (Spearman) [11:35]
Glenn Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), Raphé Malik (tp),
J.R. Routhier (el-g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

{Black Saint 120207-2; Don Paul 06.01.04}


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 [5:52]
2. Axe, Beautiful Acts [9:16]
3. Operation at the Level of the Phrase [14:00]
4. Double Image (Ochs) [12:45]
5. Celestial Source [4:38]
6. No! (Ochs) [8:41]
7. Painted with Lightning [1:51]  (incomplete, cuts in)
8. Straight Up, Straight Out [2:33]
Glenn Spearman (ts, fl), Larry Ochs (ts, ss), Chris Brown (keys), Ben Lindgren (b), William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr)

{CD-R; Chris Brown, Selected Performances, from the Mills College Archives at www.mills.edu;
track detailing Gerhard Goral 06.05.07; 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 (1); 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) [11:38]
2. Pipes, Spirits & Bronze (Spearman) [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}


  • 94.06.20 - 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 and 94.07.03

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 Glenn 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



  • 94.07.13 - Glenn Spearman Solo / Yoshi's Nitespot, Oakland, CA [Cadence Vol.20 no.8 August 1994 p.110]

  • 94.08.12 John Tchicai & the Archetypes: Glenn Spearman (ts), John Tchicai, Ismael Navarette, and Michael Marcus (reeds), Eddie Gale (tp),
    Mark Oi and Michael Grandi (g), Margriet Tchicai (keys), Jeff Simons (b), Basho Fujimoto (perc), Andrew Enberg (dr), Judith Holton (dance) /
    "—Tribute to Sun Ra", 8:00pm, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA [Santa Cruz Sentinel August 12, 1994 p.47]
  • 94.08-09.00 (likely August or September) - Chopin's Prelude in A Major: Glenn Spearman (ts), Eddy Gale (tp), Peter Apfelbaum (reeds, perc),
    Vijay Iyer (p), India Cooke (vn), Kash Killion (ce), Lisle Ellis (b), Gino Robair (perc) / Yoshi's, Nitespot, Oakland, CA
    [Trudy Morse 94.10.17 and 94.11.02 posting outerspaceways.info/forum/saturn/633]
    "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
  • 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), unidentified (b), Trudy Morse (voc) Gino Robair (perc),
    —"...joined at several points by Glenn Spearman (ts) and an electric violinist whose name I didn't catch." /
    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


"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. unknown titles [ : ]
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. unknown titles [ : ]
"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. unknown titles [ : ]
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. unknown titles [ : ]
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. unknown titles [ : ]
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}


  • 94.10.00 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio / Earshot World Jazz Festival, Seattle, WA
    [Chris Brown, Selected Performances, from the Mills College Archives at www.mills.edu]

94.10.29 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio [SB]

October 29, 1994 / San Francisco Alternative Jazz Festival, October Revolution II, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
—Tony Brooke's A&R Report mistakenly has the date as 94.10.27
1. unknown titles [ : ]
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;
Jesse Hamlin "Daily Datebook: Lively Arts" The San Francisco Chronicle October 25, 1994 Sec.B p.2}


  • 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
94.11.16 • Glenn Spearman Double Trio: The Fields

Black Saint 120197-2 (CD) 1996 IT

November 15 & 16, 1994 / Bay Studios, Berkeley, CA
1. Melts (Ochs) [15:11]
2. Fields before the Ram (Spearman) [12:39]
3. Hot (Spearman) [3:39]
4. Stepping Out (Spearman) [9:39]
5. Extrapolation of the inevitable (Spearman) [8:59]
6. Just There (Ochs) [5:13]
7. Sound Section (Spearman) [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 (1) • 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 (2) • Don Paul: Flowers Smell Like Gasoline

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

"early December," 1994 / Guerrilla Euphonics, San Francisco
1. Blue Lightning [11:47]
2. The Skin She Bears [3:49]
3. Detroit/Crack [8:13]
4. Boy Breaking on the Old Manhood [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 (el-g),
Myles Boisen (el-b-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. unknown titles [ : ]
Glenn Spearman (ts), Ben Lindgren (b)

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


  • 94.12.00 (3) ("December") - Glenn Spearman "Clarinet Quartet" ...personnel? / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
    [Cadence Vol.21 no.1 January 1995 p.109]

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) [5:06]
2. Hard Time (Click Dark) [10:59]
3. Nefertiti (Wayne Shorter) [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), 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
At some point during 1995, Trio Hurrricane appears...


95.01.00 • Trio Hurricane + 1 [AR—90:21]

  • (V/A) (Trio Hurricane + 1): Wiretapper 6 Special Edition
    The WIRE Magazine Issue 200, October 2000 (2CD) England 2000
    [Includes pieces by The Fall; Flanger; Susumu Yokota; Ran Blake; Sensational;
    Christian Marclay and Otomo Yoshihide; General Magic; Pa Sonic; Jan Jelinek;
    Poire_Z; Him; David Grubbs; Angus Maclise; Glass Cage; Nurse With Wound;
    Faust; John Fahey; Nils Økland; Coil; Janek Schaefer; Current Ninety Three;
    Djivan Gasparyan; Tom Recchion; I-Sound; Bittonic & SI-{Cut}.DB;
    C-Schulze & Hajsch; Peanut Butter Wolf; Pluramon; and Hermann Nitsch]
January, 1995 "...before the Little Huey concert." / Knitting Factory Cellar, New York City
Audience Recording:
1. unknown title [26:52]
2. unknown title [17:42]
 announcement [0:22]
3. unknown title [7:23]  (split track at 0:58)
 announcement [0:37]
4. unknown title [20:02]
5. unknown title [15:06]
 announcement [0:21]
WIRETAPPER 6 has an excerpt titled "Initiation" [7:30].

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

{2CD-R; 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. unknown titles [84:57]  (split track at 56:58)
"We'll be using the color system for back-ups."

William Parker (Conductor, 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]
  • 95.03.19 - Glenn Spearman Quartet: no personnel details / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA [Cadence Vol.21 no.3 March 1995 p.75]

  • 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 6 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 on the Music & Arts label... in 1996.
    ["Marco Eneidi & The Big Band Concept, OUTSIDE Magazine #1 August 1998; Bay Area Improvisers Network]


  • 95.05.00 - Glenn Spearman Orchestra: Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), ...no other personnel details / Beanbenders, Berkeley, CA
    [Philip Gelb, from "Reviews of Beanbender's Shows" at www.plonsey.com]
  • 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" at 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: no personnel details / Berkeley Gallerie, Berkeley, CA [Cadence Vol.21 no.5 May 1995 p.109]
  • 95.05.14 - Glenn Spearman & Marco Eneidi: no personnel details / Berkeley Gallerie, Berkeley, CA [ibid]
  • 95.05.21 - Glenn Spearman & Marco Eneidi: no personnel details / Berkeley Gallerie, Berkeley, CA [ibid]
  • 95.05.24 - Glenn Spearman & Spirit Duo: Spearman (ts, p), Spirit (dr) / Beanbenders, Berkeley, CA
    [Dan Plonsey, from "Reviews of Beanbender's Shows" and "Past Shows" at www.plonsey.com]
    "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 - Glenn Spearman: no personnel details / Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA [Cadence Vol.21 no.5 May 1995 p.108]
  • 95.05.28 - Glenn Spearman: no personnel details / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA [ibid]
  • 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" at www.o-art.org; 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 wav (Raga Bilavel) [13:59]
2. Where Are You So Far From [11:07]
3. Solitude (Raga Puriya Kalyan) [19:35]
4. Finding A Way To Be With You [15:38]
5. Redemption [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 (g), Rifa Ali Khan (tamboura), Tim Witter (tabla), Zeke Neely (cga)

{Don Paul 14.09.17, 16.11.26-27-28-29; www.youtube.com/watch?v=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 (1)]

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) [12:22]
 —Homage to the Grandfather
 —Confluence
2. In the Water of Emanations (Goodheart/Robinson) [6:41]
3. Small Study (Goodheart/Ellis) [7:16]
4. Under Focus—Glenns Lens (Spearman/Goodheart) [8:25]
5. Refraction Synthesis (Goodheart/Robinson) [9:48]
6. Condensations (Spearman/Goodheart/Ellis/Robinson) [16:34]
7. Sound Into Light (Goodheart) [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) [4:50]
2. Fantasy for Niccolo (Eneidi) [10:20]
3. Angelica's Bounce (Spearman) [9:45]
4. Cyrus Paints the Town (Ellis) [9:21]
5. Rebirth (all) [19:42]
Marco Eneidi (as), Glen Spearman (ts), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr)

{Botticelli 1016}



95.06.06 • 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) [3:54]
2. Trail of Tears (Eneidi) [3:57]
3. Ghost Dance (Eneidi) [13:34]
4. Naked Mirror (Cecil Taylor) [13:34]
5. Interlude (Eneidi) [7:14]
6. Student Studies (Spearman) [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}


  • 95.06.21 - Surya: Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Giustino (el-g), George Cremaschi (b), Spirit (dr, perc) /
    Making Waves Music Festival, San Francisco, CA [Dave Anderson 12.02.23]
    "Corner of Market and Montgomery Streets... v arious 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. unknown titles [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}


  • 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]
  • 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]
    —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."
    [Michael Snyder "Sunday Datebook" The San Francisco Chronicle July 30, 1995, p.31; CODA #265 January 1996 p.20]
  • 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," Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA
    [Jesse Hamlin "Daily Datebook: Jazz Festival... Monterey" The San Francisco Chronicle September 15, 1995, Sec.C p.1;
    Chris Brown, Selected Performances, from the Mills College Archives at www.mills.edu]

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

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

October 26, 1995 / 13th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, Moscone Center For The Arts, Mills College, Oakland, CA
1. unknown title [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

"The event itself, two one-and-a-half hour sets of continuous sound and movement..."
—Matthew Goodheart, from his thesis, "Freedom And Individuality In The Music Of Cecil Taylor".

"The 1995 festival featured ... Spearman's 40-piece orchestra led by Cecil Taylor, one of the most influential jazz pianists,
performing his complex compositions."
Encyclopedia Britannica, Performing Arts: Year in Review 1995

Cecil Taylor (p, perc, voc), Glenn Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), Idris Ackamoor (reeds), Matthew Goodheart (p),
India Cooke (vn), Danielle Degrutella (ce), others...

{2CD-R; Larry Kelp "On Q: Bay Area Dishes Up Busy Arts Season" The Press Democrat September 3, 1995 Sec.Q p.12;
www.britannica.com; www.bayimproviser.com}


95.11.08 • Surya: Stretching the Edge

Surya SAM-108 (CD) 1996

November 8, 1995 / Shark Bite Studios, Oakland, CA
1. Peace Prayer [2:24]
2. Panoramic [3:35]
3. Sun Love [4:34]
4. Kepler's Groove [7:10]
5. C.T. [4:29]
6. Turned Around [4:36]
7. Emerging Light [5:16]
8. Warm [5:45]
Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Giustino (g, Comp),
Stevens St. Clair (b), Spirit (dr, perc)

{SAM-108}


  • 95.11.16-19 - 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 September 3, 1995 Sec.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."


  • 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 / 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

Fred Jung interviews Bruce Ackley, 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 OK. 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.

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; Down Beat March 1, 1996, Vol. 63 No. 3 p.12;
David Rubien "Sunday Datebook" The San Francisco Chronicle May 25, 1997 p.51}


  • 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]

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 a long 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."
    [ibid]



  • 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 [33:43]
2. Music For 3000 Years [5:07]
3. Fields Before The Rain [17:28]
4. Hot—GS band intro [5:21]
5. Sound Section [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)

{CD-R; 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.)


  • 96.03.02 - Glenn Spearman: no personnel details / Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA [Cadence Vol.22 no.4 April 1996 p.124]

  • "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 - Surya: Glenn Spearman (ts), Larry Giustino (g, Comp), Stevens St. Clair (b), Spirit (dr, perc) /
    Open House, Headlands Center for the Arts, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito, CA [Holly Blake 09.11.30]
    "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, Residency Manager at Headlands Center for the Arts (See 96.02.01 for note on Glenn's Residency.)

  • 96.06.16 - "Wordsongs": Glenn Spearman and Richard Howell (reeds), Wayne Corbitt, Opal Palmer Adisa, and Juan Felipe Herrera (poetry) /
    8:00pm, Pro Arts, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA ["WEEKEND GUIDE", San Francisco Chronicle Saturday, June 15, 1996 p.E-2]
  • 96.06.26 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (p), Ben Lindgren (b),
    William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr) / Beanbenders, Berkeley, CA [Dan Plonsey, from "Reviews of Beanbender's Shows" at www.plonsey.com]
  • 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 [Cadence Vol.22 no.7 July 1996 p.124]
  • 96.07.17 - Glenn Spearman & Vinny Golia Duo: Spearman and Golia (reeds) / Venue 9, San Francisco, CA
    [Cadence Vol.22 no.8 August 1996 p.4; "Recordings" San Francisco Weekly, July 17, 1996]

96.07.27 • Raphé Malik: The Short Form

Eremite Records MTE05 (CD) 1997

July 27, 1996 / Fire in the Valley Festival, Bezanson Auditorium, Fine Arts Building, University of Massachussetts, Amherst, MA

1. Invocation: Spiel City [8:00]
2. Ray (thine own) [10:00]
3. Civilization After Coltrane [13:03]
4. Big G [7:36]
5. Hightail [4:57]
6. Gem Stone [7:16]
7. Grab Bag of Crabs on the Bayou [7:55]
Raphé Malik (tp, Comp), Glenn Spearman (ts),
George Langford (b), Dennis Warren (dr)

{MTE05}


  • 96.08.03 - Glenn Spearman Double Trio: Spearman (ts), Larry Ochs (reeds), Chris Brown (p), Ben Lindgren (b),
    William Winant (perc), Donald Robinson (dr) / 7:00pm, Radio Valencia, San Francisco, CA
    [San Francisco Chronicle August 3, 1996, p.D-2]

96.08.15 • William Hooker: Mindfulness

Knitting Factory Works KFW 213 (CD) 1997
  • (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 [20:52]
2. Flow—RT. 1 [Awake] [9:54]
2. Principles of Duality [1:16]
2. Living Organs—Parallel Planes [20:00]
2. Archetypal Space [5:19]
The Texaco New York Jazz Festival contains an excerpt of 5:57,
 which fades in and fades out.

"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}


96.09.07 • 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 1 + 11 (Eneidi) [21:36]
2. Last Flight of the Nez Perce—Walowa (Eneidi) [9:38]
Marco Eneidi (as, 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)

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


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) [2:56]
2. R.A.G.S. (Raskin/Ackley/Greenleaf/Spearman) [3:39]
3. Lakota—lower (Eneidi) [12:25]
4. Going to Meet the Man (Eneidi) [12:58]
5. Last Flight of the Nez Perce—Toolhollzote (Eneidi) [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 date 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) [22:22]
2. Up (Part 2) [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 October 4, 1996 p.42]
  • 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]
    "For the Fall Open House on Sunday, October 13, 1996, Glenn performed with Surya and dancers Shantee Rose,
    Rebecca Sheridan, and Myeongsuk Jeong. We also have slide documentation of that performance."
    —Ms. Holly Blake, Residency Manager at Headlands Center for the Arts (See 96.02.01 for note on Glenn's Residency.)
  • 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]
  • 96.12.08 - Glenn Spearman Group: Spearman (ts), Marco Eneidi (as), Matthew Goodheart (p),
    John Schott (el-g), Lisle Ellis (b), Donald Robinson (dr) / Beanbenders, Oakland, CA [Dave Anderson 12.02.23]

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 [0:40]
1. False Alarm (collective) [32:51]
2. The Painter and the Poet (Parker) [10:48]
3. Silent Scream (Cecil Taylor) [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."
—Michael Snyder "Sunday Datebook" The San Francisco Chronicle July 30, 1995, p.31.



  • 97.01.26 - Marco Eneidi's American Jungle Orchestra with Guests Parker & Krall: Glenn Spearman and Elliot Levine (ts),
    William Parker (tu), Jackson Krall (dr), others... / Beanbenders, Berkeley, CA /
    [Dan Plonsey, "Reviews of Beanbender's Shows" from www.plonsey.com; Phillip Wayne Greenlief 16.11.14]
    "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
  • 97.01.26 (3) - Marco Eneidi's American Jungle Orchestra with Guests Parker & Krall: Glenn Spearman and Elliot Levine (ts),
    William Parker (tu), Jackson Krall (dr), others... / Beanbenders, Berkeley, CA
    [Dan Plonsey at www.plonsey.com; Cadence Vol.23 no.1 January 1997 p.18; Phillip Wayne Greenlief 16.11.14]
  • 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 [2:03]
2. String Theory (Malik) [12:08]
3. unknown titles [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) / Venue 9, SanFrancisco, CA
    [Cadence Vol.23 no.3 March-February 1997 p.123]
  • 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
    [Laurence Svirchev 03.12.18; CODA #275, September/October 1997 p.10; Cadence Vol.23 no.7 p.28]
    "Three compositions by Larry Ochs:" Triceratops; Initials; unknown title.

97.05.21
97.05.22 • 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) [10:42]
2. Gathering the Ancestors (Heward) [7:51]
3. 3 for John (Spearman) [8:59]
4. Summoning (Spearman/Heward) [5:04]
5. Arista Africanapata (Spearman) [9:30]
6. Moment in Time (Duval) [10:01]
7. Stone Soup (Heward) [6:17]
8. Initiation (Spearman) [5:39]
8. The Natural Thing (Spearman/Heward/Cauley/Prentice/Duval) [7:17]
CIMP #704 has an excerpt of track 7 at 3:24.

Glenn Spearman (ts-1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9, kalimba and voc-4), Christopher Cauley (as-1,2,3,5,6,7,9), David Prentice (vn and va-1,2,3,6,7),
Dominic Duval (b-1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9), John Heward (drums-1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9, voc and perc-4)

{CIMP 148; CIMP #704}


  • 97.05.24 - Glenn Spearman & John Heward Duo: Spearman (ts), Heward (dr) /
    Unitarian Meeting House, Amherst, MA

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

97.05.28 • Glenn Spearman's Trio Hurricane [WKCR-FM Archival Recording—35:30]

  • (V/A) Vision One—Vision Festival 1997 Compiled
    AUM Fidelity AUM007/8 (2-CD) 1998 / Ltd. Edition 1,000 copies
    [Also Patricia Nicholson Ensemble; Rashied Ali's Prima Materia;
    Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble; Butch Morris Conduction;
    David S. Ware Quartet; Thurston Moore, Lawrence Cook, and Jon Voigt;
    Rob Brown & Matthew Shipp Duo; Assif Tsahar Trio with John Tchicai;
    Other Dimensions in Music; Mark Dresser Quartet; Cooper-Moore Quartet;
    William Parker & The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra;
    Zorn & Ibarra Duo; Borah Bergman, Denis Charles, and Roy Campbell]
  • (V/A) Inside Out in the Open [Color Film—60:00]
    Asymmetric Pictures (BETA SP) 2001; ESP 4042 (DVD) 2008
    [Also Assif Tsahar Trio with John Tchicai; Other Dimensions in Music
    William Parker's In Order to Survive; Daniel Carter & William Parker Duo;
    Borah Bergmann's Blue!]
May 28, 1997 / Vision Festival, Angel Orensanz Center, New York City
1. unknown title [22:30]
2. unknown title [12:00]
Vision One—Vision Festival 1997 Compiled has an excerpt titled "Hurricane" [6:30]
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}


  • 97.06.00 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), Matthew Goodheart (p), unknown / Berkeley Arts Festival, Berkeley, CA
    [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 [2:14]
2. Rituals [5:26]
3. Water And Dirt [10:01]
4. Sounds [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) [12:50]
2. Blues for John & Frank (Spearman) [10:27]
3. Tones for William (Spearman) [11:41]
4. N.Y.N.Y. (Spearman) [11:10]
5. The Natural (Spearman/Parker/Murphy) [5:08]
Glenn Spearman (ts), William Parker (b), Paul Murphy (dr)

{MTE10}



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

  • 98.01.24 - 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 ["Riff Raff" SF Weekly Feb. 11, 1998]
    Cadence Vol.24 no.2 February '98 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 # (CD-R) 2002

February 18, 1998 / Green Street Grill, Cambridge, MA
1. improvisation [30:37]
2. improvisation [9:57]
Glenn Spearman (ts), Dennis Warren (dr)

{FMRJE CD-R; Bob Blumenthal "Sound Choice" The Boston Globe February 13, 1998 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: no personnel details / Edinburgh Castle, San Francisco, CA
    [Craig Matsumoto The Wedge Page "Creative Music—Recent History"]
  • 98.02.26 - Marco Eneidi & Glenn Spearman Sextet: (no personnel details), "Double-sax free-jazz attack" /
    10:30pm, The Stork Club, Oakland, CA [ibid]
  • 98.03.09 - Marco Eneidi's American Jungle Orchestra: no personnel details / Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    [ibid; Cadence Vol.24 no.4, April '98 p.140]
  • 98.03.16 - Marco Eneidi's American Jungle Orchestra: no personnel details / 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
    (no personnel details) / Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA [ibid]
  • 98.03.30 (1) - Marco Eneidi's American Jungle Orchestra with Special Guest Anthony Brown: no personnel details /
    Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA [ibid]
  • 98.03.30 (2) - Marco Eneidi's Small Ensemble: no personnel details / 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
    [ibid; 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]
  • 98.05.09 - Glenn Spearman Trio: Spearman (ts), Adam Lane (b), Donald Robinson (dr) / The Sweat Shop, San Francisco, CA [ibid]
    "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 [13:24]
2. Emblematic [10:38]
3. Health Food [9:53]
4. Bend [7:19]
"Jimmy Lyons Tribute, and the final Malik/Spearman concert."
—from the liners.

Raphé Malik (tp, Comp), Sabir Mateen (as),
William Parker (b), Denis Charles (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, 1998; Geoff Chapman Toronto Star May 28, 1998, Sec.H p.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. unknown titles [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: no personnel details / Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    [Craig Matsumoto The Wedge Page, "Creative Music—Recent History"]
  • 98.07.13 - Marco Eneidi's American Jungle Orchestra: no personnel details / 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 rehersals 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 had 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
98.07.21 • 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 [9:32]
2. Series Series [12:19]
3. Augh Oh [11:11]
4. Legato [9:10]
5. Sass Bolo [5:47]
6. Zantackin Down [5:17]
7. Call Separation [5:32]
8. Sitting In [4:29]
9. Senortolo—Back By the Bay [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 / 1998 Fire In The Valley Festival, Amherst, MA
—Spearman's last earth gig/recording...
1. Intertextural Reference (Goodheart) [21:10]
2. Under the Incalculable Sky, Listless, Diseased with Stars [21:58]
 (Bakr/Goodheart/Spearman)
"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, the Mills College Archives

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

{MTE015}


  • 98.08.15 - Marco Eneidi's Mystery Ensemble: no personnel details / 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, Obituaries The San Francisco Chronicle October 10, 1998 Sec.A p.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."

    Spearman 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, Spearman
    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 "Sunday Datebook" The San Francisco Chronicle November 15, 1998 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 13th through 18th, 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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