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This is Tisziji’s first album, and was produced in 1978 by Bob Cummins, a pioneer in avant garde jazz music.  It is a classic gem and study of hope.
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  1. The Shepherds Chant
    (21:51)
  2. Blessings
    (4:06)
  3. The Word of God Chant
    (5:37)
  4. Waiting for Now to Be Forever
    (6:39)

Muñoz: Guitar
Cecil McBee: Bass
Bernie Senensky: Piano
Claude Ranger: Drums
Sat Guru Singh Ji (Clayton Johnston): Percussion & Vocals
Faith and Hope: Vocals

Produced by India Navigation Company

All compositions by Muñoz

Reviews

WSUI’s Jazz Play List


Carbondale, Illinois, October 22, 1978 by Patrick Drazen

“This list obviously doesn’t reflect all the new albums we’ve acquired over the past few weeks, and I feel I should mention one: Rendezvous With Now by Muñoz (India Navigation). I’ve always regarded the later music of John Coltrane as a kind of mountain in jazz, and after a while it seemed that, after trying to get even halfway up, musicians began to lose interest and retreat to the valleys. There are the notable exceptions, including Pharoah Sanders, the early work of Ian Underwood and of course Turiya Alice Coltrane, but by-and-large people have been afraid to move down the trail blazed by Trane. Muñoz is almost scary in this regard; except for using a guitar rather than sax, he could as well be Trane. He’s right at home in this heightened musical atmosphere. The liner notes are laden with mystic-religious comments; but then so are a lot of liner notes to albums by Earth, Wind & Fire – that alone doesn’t account for the rush of deja vu. Of course, Trane put in his time as a “mortal,” if you will – his blowing with Miles or on the Stardust set points to things to come while staying rooted in a more basic jazz. Muñoz leaps directly to the higher plateau, and, while he does so effortlessly, I have a perverse wish that he’d include something like “My Funny Valentine” on his next outing; not as a concession to the commercial, just as a reminder and a re-assurance. Rendezvous With Now is not for everyone; the more intense experiences in this life, such as mountain-climbing, usually aren’t.”