Hyperion (Marilyn Crispell, Peter Brötzmann and Hamid Drake album)

Hyperion is an album by American jazz pianist Marilyn Crispell, German multi-reedist Peter Brötzmann and drummer Hamid Drake, which was recorded live in 1992 during the Toronto Jazz Festival and released on the Music & Arts label.[1] The trio had only played once before, a night earlier on Vancouver.[2]

Live album by
RecordedJune 25, 1992
VenueHarbourfront Centre, Toronto
LabelMusic & Arts
ProducerSerge Sloimovitz
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Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz[4]

In his review for AllMusic, Scott Yanow states "The music often proceeds at a deliberate pace and sometimes utilizes a dramatic use of space, but the playing is consistently intense (particularly Brötzmann's screaming horns) before ending rather inconclusively."[3]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz compares the album with Cascades and says that "The trio with Peter Brötzmann and Hamid Drake is, predictably, more intense and frenetic, though the saxophonist does also have his delicately lyrical side, and he defers at moments during 'Hyperion I' to Crispell's desire to take the music down a more expressive path."[4]

Track listing

All titles are collective improvisations

  1. "Hyperion I" – 20:22
  2. "Hyperion II" – 13:36
  3. "Hyperion III" – 15:21



  1. Marilyn Crispell Sessionography by Rick Lopez
  2. Original Liner Notes by John Corbett
  3. Yanow, Scott. Marilyn Crispell – Hyperion: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  4. Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2002). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (6th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 350. ISBN 0140515216.
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