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This is a celestial work that propels us through and beyond the limits of musical space with Tisziji’s original recordings from the 1980’s plus two rearranged interpretations of John Coltrane’s compositions.
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  1. Song For All Children 
    8:52 (Tisziji Muñoz – Anami Music, BMI)

  2. The Ways Of Love
     3:06 (Tisziji Muñoz – Anami Music, BMI)
  3. Astral Circus
     7:13 (Tisziji Muñoz – Anami Music, BMI)

  4. A Spiritual Reunion
     12:02 (Tisziji Muñoz – Anami Music, BMI)
  5. Farewell
     6:51 (Tisziji Muñoz – Anami Music, BMI)

  6. Equinox
     7:00 (John Coltrane – Jowcol Music, BMI)
  7. To Be
     9:18 (John Coltrane – Jowcol Music, BMI)
  8. Crisis Of Attachment 
    5:56 (Tisziji Muñoz – Anami Music, BMI)

  9. Visiting This Planet
     12:37 (Tisziji Muñoz – Anami Music, BMI)

Tisziji Muñoz: Guitar, Synth Guitar, Keyboard,
Synth Keyboard, Shenai, Congas, Flutes & Percussion

Paul Shaffer*: Piano & Synth Keyboard
John Hicks: Piano
Bernie Senensky: Piano
Michael Cochrane: Piano
Jon Weiss: Piano

Pharoah Sanders**: Tenor Saxophone
Dave Liebman: Soprano Saxophone

Bob Moses: Drums
Idris Muhammad: Drums
Adam Nussbaum: Drums
Guillermo Cantu: Drums
Guilherme Franco: Percussion

Art Davis: Bass
Dennis Irwin: Bass
Cecil McBee: Bass
Don Pate: Bass
Ratzo Harris: Bass

Producer: Tisziji Muñoz
Co-Producer: Nancy Muñoz

*Paul Shaffer appears courtesy of Capitol Records
**Pharoah Sanders appears courtesy of Doctor Jazz Records


Schenectady Gazette

August 4, 1989 by John Marcille

Tisziji’s Excellent Music

“Dave Calarco, who ought to know, called Tisziji Munoz “one of the best kept secrets” of Capital Region jazz in introducing him to the audience at Justin’s in Albany at an engagement last year.

“How right he was.

“Munoz has lived in our midst for several years but is little known. Astoundingly, back-to-back concerts he did with the McCoy Tyner Trio last spring drew only a few hundred well-satisfied listeners each night.

“There are two immediate ways to hear him. One is to go to Justin’s tonight (Aug. 4) and tomorrow night (Aug. 5), for Calarco is there and Munoz is a sideman, along with the estimable trumpeter Tom Harrell and bassist John Lockwood.

“Another way is to buy Tisziji’s fine new album, Visiting This Planet by writing to him at Box 712, Schenectady, 12301.

“But don’t get the idea that because this two-disc album is out on his own ‘Anami Music’ label, and is not readily available in stores, that it isn’t worth hearing. Quite the opposite. Billboard magazine, Bible of the music industry, lauded it.

“If you are impressed by names, note that the album, recorded in several early ’80s sessions, features these players: drummers Adam Nussbaum, Bob Moses and Idris Muhammed; pianists Paul Shaffer, Bernie Senensky and John Hicks; bassists Dennis Irwin, Art Davis, Cecil McBee and Ratso Harris; percussionist Guillerme Franco; and saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Dave Liebman. There’s hardly an obscure name.

“Musically, Munoz was clearly in control. One can hear his debt to John Coltrane not only in the two Coltrane compositions but in all the Munoz pieces that constitute the major part of the album. But Coltrane had many guises. Tisziji took his inspiration from Coltrane’s third major period, beginning in 1964, when he emphasized spiritual themes. As a guitarist with a decidedly unconventional timbral preference, Tisziji Munoz evokes the Coltrane of that period in his compositions and his improvisation, which is refreshing; I don’t think Coltrane need ever go out of date.

“Munoz is not a Coltrane clone, though. No artist can mimic his sources and remain an artist. Munoz is an individual, and as his concerts with Tyner showed clearly, a musician with his own voice. With all these fine sidemen, Munoz remains the primary soloist. Now and then one hears a piano solo, or Shaffer playing synthesized strings, but mostly it’s Munoz. But it’s not exactly soloist and support; mostly it’s more like band and leading voice. The chords may move rather slowly compared with classic modern bop (which Munoz also can and does play, and he’ll do it at Justin’s, but it’s not his primary focus), and the result is a curious combination of relaxation and tension.

“Tisziji’s guitar takes on a human quality, the result of the tunes’ structures and his timbral preferences. Tisziji exploits the electric guitar rather than relegating the electronics to the role of mere amplification.

“How else to describe the music? Fusion. But not the tired jazz-rock synthesis devised over 20 years ago and not much changed. Munoz combines jazz with a smattering of rock and some Eastern influences but scarcely anything from his Puerto Rican background.

“If I had the bread, I’d devise a concert featuring him and tenor saxophonist George Adams, one of my favorites and one who seems to share some of Munoz’s approaches.

“Self-confident and articulate, musically and verbally, Tisziji really is a well-kept secret, despite a mammoth piece I did on him several years ago. So much for the power of the press. He’s an utterly serious musician, and an important element of our music scene.”