Colors in Thirty-Third

Colors in Thirty-Third
Studio album by Muhal Richard Abrams
Released 1987
Recorded 19 December 1986
Genre Jazz
Length 41:05
Label Black Saint
Producer Giovanni Bonandrini
Muhal Richard Abrams chronology
Roots of Blue
Colors in Thirty-Third
The Hearinga Suite

Colors in Thirty-Third is an album by Muhal Richard Abrams released on the Italian Black Saint label in 1987 and featuring performances of seven of Abrams' compositions by Abrams, John Blake, John Purcell, Dave Holland, Fred Hopkins and Andrew Cyrille.


The Allmusic review awarded the album 4 stars stating "Muhal Richard Abrams constantly varied the lineups on the seven numbers that comprised this 1986 session, alternating between trio, quartet, quintet and sextet pieces... Abrams as usual was an inspiring force as an instrumentalist and conceptualist".[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3 stars stating "This might be thought to be Purcell's finest hour, but everyone contributes. The basic personnel divides into trio, quartet, quintet, and for the title piece and the significantly named "Introspection"; full sextet".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[2]

Track listing

All compositions by Muhal Richard Abrams

  1. "Drumman Cyrille" - 6:03
  2. "Miss Richarda" - 5:48
  3. "Munktmunk" - 6:25
  4. "Soprano Song" - 6:06
  5. "Piano-Cello Song" - 8:34
  6. "Colors in Thirty-Third" - 6:37
  7. "Introspection" - 6:28



  1. 1 2 Allmusic Review accessed 11 July 2011
  2. 1 2 Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.
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