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The Lament of Absalom, was my first CD as a leader. I was in San Francisco with Wadada Leo Smith's N'Da Kulture. Francis Wong gave me a call and said he could set up a recording session, if I was interested. Of course, I'd do that. He picked me, we drove to the Upper Richmond. We did our thing - sit down and play. I think that was the first time I met Elliot. Cello and drums at the same time pretty much blew me away. The project was first released on CD in 1995 on the Asian Improv Records label. This digital release is a collaboration between Tomato Sage Consortium Records and Asian Improv Records.

Absalom, a bison of the plains. He lives at a time when there are few of his kind remaining. However, he is old enough to have seen the glory days of the great herds. He stands alone in the early hours of a fall evening, upon a butte, looking across the vast grasslands. Not even any of the red men are left. There was a time he was naive enough to think they were the worst enemy god could devise. How little we know of what is going on, he muses.


released July 31, 2020

William Roper - tuba, percussion, voice
Francis Wong - tenor sax, clarinet, flute
Elliot Humberto Kavee - cello, drums
Recorded Nov. 25, 1995 at First Voice Studios by Francis Wong
Edited by Gina Hotta. Mastered by Michael Yoshida.
Painting by Megumi Hatta-Wong.
Absalom story by William Roper.
Photo by Andy Nozaka.
Design by Ken Inugai-Yamada, Improvisasians!
Special thanks to Mark Izu, Brenda Wong Aoki, First Voice, Julie Hatta, Andy Nozaka, Megumi Hatta-Wong.
All compositions by Roper, Wong, Kavee.


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William Roper Los Angeles, California

William Roper is a multi-disciplinary artist residing in Los Angeles. His primary foci are music composition, music performance and improvisation, and the visual arts. He has toured Japan, Europe, and the two Americas, as soloist and ensemble musician. He is represented on 60+ recordings, twelve as leader. ... more

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