Grab this while you can. Give thanks to Tim Berne's Screwgun label for offering up a free download of Dogon A.D. the superb, 1972 debut album by the amazing Julius Hemphill. Out of print for many years, the LP was first issued on Hemphill's own St. Louis based Mbari imprint before it was reissued a few years later on Freedom – for some reason, it has yet to appear on CD. I belive Quakebasket is to issue some Black Artists' Group recordings sometime... so, more early Hemphill will be surfacing again.
From Screwgun: This historic album features four then-unknowns on three lengthy avant-garde explorations that were quite influential not only in St. Louis (where they were recorded) but eventually on such diverse players as altoists Tim Berne and David Sanborn. Julius Hemphill (on alto and flute), trumpeter Baikida Carroll, cellist Abdul Wadud, and drummer Philip Wilson are in superb form, both as soloists and in ensembles where they react instantly to each other. This important music is better to be heard than described.
Julius Hemphill - Rites
Julius Hemphill - Dogon A.D. complete LP .zip