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A perfomance film by Timothy O'Brien and Andrew Bare.

One of the visionaries of Detroit's modern jazz scene, saxophonist, flutist, composer and poet Faruq Z. Bey has faithfully carried on in the post-John Coltrane era as a unique and original performer. The fourth recording for Bey teamed with the Northwoods Improvisers is a live concert recording done at Delta College in Michigan. This expanded version of the group as a sextet is making original and unique music within the improvised modern post-bop framework, while echoing the influences of Su Ra, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Bey's famed Detroit band of the ‘80s, Griot Galaxy.

60 minutes


Faruq Z. Bey - Journey Into The Valley

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Personnel: Faruq Z. Bey - alto & tenor sax, poetry; & Northwoods Improvisors: Mike Carey - flute, bass clarinet, tenor sax; Skeeter Shelton - soprano & tenor sax; Mike Gilmore - vibes, marimba; Mike Johnston - bass, gong; Nick Ashton - drums

DVD bonus features:

3 bonus songs
3 interviews
3 poetry pieces
Slide show

Bonus CD of 6 tracks taken from the DVD