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Bearer of the Holy Flame
Hamiet Bluiett
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March 12, 2021

Strut present the first ever international reissue of a live session for Black Fire by the late, hugely respected baritone saxman and flautist, Hamiet Bluiett, ‘Bearer Of The Holy Flame’, recorded at Sweet Basil in New York in July 1983.

Inspired by Harry Carney from Duke Ellington’s band, who had played the baritone as a soloist, Bluiett played with Sam Rivers’ ensemble and famously joined the Charles Mingus Quintet in New York from 1969, touring Europe and appearing on ‘Mingus At Carnegie Hall’. He then started out as a bandleader in 1975, building from work he had started in St. Louis as a co-founder of the influential Black Artists’ Group, a collective dedicated to new work in theatre, visual arts, dance, spoken word, film and music. He went on to form the World Saxophone Quartet alongside former B.A.G. members Julius Hemphill and Oliver Lake and multi-instrumentalist David Murray. Championing the baritone throughout his life, he became a go-to player for many of the biggest artists in jazz and R&B, performing with Babatunde Olatunji, Abdullah Ibrahim, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

One of the few live sessions released on Black Fire, ‘Bearer Of The Holy Flame’ was originally released on Black Fire on CD in 1994, eleven years after being recorded, and is best known for a storming version of Wayne Shorter’s ‘Footprints’.

CD Package features Jimmy Gray’s original sleeve notes with brand new liner notes tracing Bluiett’s career. Remastered from the original tapes by The Carvery.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Footprints 18:34 Buy


  2. 2 Ebu 8:03 Buy


  3. 3 Song Song 8:34 Buy

    Song Song

  4. 4 Headless Blues 7:46 Buy

    Headless Blues

  5. 5 I'll Close My Eyes 7:37 Buy

    I'll Close My Eyes

  6. 6 Gumbo (Vegetarian Style) 6:39 Buy

    Gumbo (Vegetarian Style)

Track List: CD

  1. Hamiet Bluiett - Footprints
  2. Hamiet Bluiett - Ebu
  3. Hamiet Bluiett - Song Song
  4. Hamiet Bluiett - Headless Blues
  5. Hamiet Bluiett - I'll Close My Eyes
  6. Hamiet Bluiett - Gumbo (Vegetarian Style)
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