Skip to product information
1 of 2


Hamiet Bluiett
Bearer of the Holy Flame

Hamiet Bluiett 'Bearer of the Holy Flame'

Regular price €14,95 EUR
Regular price Sale price €14,95 EUR
Sale Sold out
Tax included.

Track Listing

Hamiet Bluiett - Footprints
Hamiet Bluiett - Ebu
Hamiet Bluiett - Song Song
Hamiet Bluiett - Headless Blues
Hamiet Bluiett - I'll Close My Eyes
Hamiet Bluiett - Gumbo (Vegetarian Style)

A rare 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.



released March 12, 2021

2021, Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

View full details