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Alan Glover
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The Anticipated Dawn is the latest offering to The Juice Jazz Collection,
which is a Classic title with a Classic Sound. Juice's sound is also classic
and a few great ones come to mind... Ayler, Shepp, Rollins and it is
classically fresh. That Sound with which Juice refreshes us signals the
dawning of a new millenium. Who is this guy?

His name is Alan Glover, a.k.a. Juice, a.k.a. Akinjorin Omolade. I met him
in the early seventies and knew him as Juice for many years.

During the late sixties a group of young musicians were in a rehearsal and
because of their close relationship, began giving nicknames to each other.
"Butch" is perfect for certain guys and other pet names for other people,
know what I mean? Well, when they got to Alan, those names ran out so they
called him "Juice". It stuck and his group became known as the Juice
Quartet. When I met him the quartet was manned by pianist Kasa Allah,
bassist William Parker, and drummer Abu Kali. This band held together for a
number of years and it was with them that Juice developed his approach to
music.

The Quartet worked out its sound at Juice's loft; The Firehouse Theater on
11th Street and Ave. B in that creative cultural mecca - the East Village of
New York City; one block away from Charlie Parker's house. The Firehouse was
a jamming spot that allowed Juice to learn from the learned, such masters as
Billy Higgins, C Sharp and Wilbur Ware.

The revolution of the sixties produced an enmass global consciousness in the
African American community. Juice, understanding his heritage, knew that he
was a Sowetan Son, began to live that legacy and Akinjorin Omolade was born.
There were a few other Omolades that were born during those years as well,
one of whom produced the painting that is used here and depicts so well the
Anticipated Dawn.

Alan traveled the road of global consciousness/unconsciousness to find the
very essence of his being: God through Christ and His Holy Spirit. He is an
astute bible student today and the sound that comes from his horn pays
tribute to God. After that long night of painful loneliness in the land of
the forsaken came the dawn that brought the joy of sharing unconditional
love. Thank God for His peace.

- Don Echoles Conway

Don Echoles Conway is the Arts Coordinator in District 16 of the New York
City Board of Education.

As an alto saxophonist he is a member and recording producer of the late Ray
Abrams big band, The Word. Don also performs with his ministerial group, The
Echoles of Faith.


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