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Jazz virtuosos Tisziji Muñoz and Marilyn Crispell unite to create a quietly intense, colorful and contemplative duet recording of original music by Tisziji, entitled Beautiful Empty Fullness. The duets reflect the soft, soothing and healing side of their creative efforts as avant-garde jazz artists and longtime musical collaborators.

“This is another excellent album where the music speaks clearly. One thing that I think is compelling is that Tisziji’s guitar sings spiritually with single notes and Marilyn’s piano sings spiritually with chords, and those things fit together well. HEY this is HEART-FIRE-HEART music, not music for a tv commercial!” —Henry Kaiser

Far away and very close,
Deep and vast,
No short cuts,
Just direct, simple lines;
Not mere musical expression,
Just true feeling…Heart to Heart.
Beautiful Empty Fullness is HU nature!
—Tisziji Muñoz

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  1. Fatherhood
    1:57
  2. I Thank You Love
    1:56
  3. Prayer for Awakening the Heart
    7:40
  4. I Will Return
    4:05
  5. Precious Friendship
    5:07
  6. Forgiveness
    1:47
  7. Heart of Boundless Love
    7:03
  8. Impermanence
    11:00
  9. Tears of Gratitude
    6:08
  10. Love’s Continual Presence
    4:56
  11. Motherhood
    6:25
  12. When I’m Gone
    10:57

Tisziji Muñoz: Guitar
Marilyn Crispell: Piano

Tracks 1-7 & 12 recorded by Mike Muñoz, April 2001 at Open Sky, NY
Tracks 8-11 recorded by Chris Andersen, July 2002 at Nevessa Production, Woodstock, NY
All compositions by Tisziji Muñoz
Producer: Tisziji Muñoz
Executive Producer: Ellen Virmananda Gilley
Recording & Mixing Engineer: David (Gyan-Das) J. Sullivan
Mastering Engineer: Chris Andersen, Nevessa Production
Anami Music Archivist: Rebazar Muñoz

Reviews


Downtown Music Gallery



December 19, 2014 by Bruce Lee Gallanter

“This is a duo offering featuring Tisziji Muñoz on guitar & compositions and Marilyn Crispell on piano. Ms. Crispell and Mr. Muñoz have worked together on a couple of previous discs but this is their first CD as just a duo. Considering that both of these musicians are longtime devotees to the music and spirit of John Coltrane, there is no doubt a bond between them. Although Mr. Muñoz is known by guitar fanatics as an amazing player, he is less well known for his compositions. It turns out that Muñoz is also a wonderful songwriter, whose music comes directly from the heart. Unlike some of Muñoz’ regular band rapid fire lines, both he and Ms. Crispell do a beautiful job of fleshing out this lovely music in all of its supreme splendor. Tisziji’s sweet & sour tone is what makes this music so human, so real, so touching. This is healing music and it reaches deeply into our hearts and souls, soothing us from the day’s more difficult encounters. These are twelve perfect gems, songs which balance between somber and being filled with lovely sparks. Although Ms. Crispell has been through several periods of changes in her more than two decade career: from freer terrain to Braxtonian quartet complexity to the more reflective side of her ECM CDs, Mr. Muñoz brings something else out of her, a perfect balance of deeply personal, spiritual melodies with the occasional fire to push the vibe into near cosmic territories. This is an extraordinary duo that should not be overlooked.”