Spencer Barefield & Friends
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2004 SOUL STEPPIN’ THROUGH THE FABULOUS RUINS, CAC/Xenogenesis: Spencer Barefield Quartet, Spencer Barefield (guitar), Dave McMurray (sax), Dave Young (bass), Djallo Djakate Keita (drums)

1998 SPENCER BAREFIELD LIVE DETROIT, CAC/Xenogenesis: Spencer Barefield Quartet, Spencer Barefield (guitar), Henry Gibson (piano), Jaribu Shahid (bass), Tani Tabbal (drums)

1992 XENOGENESIS 2000, CAC/Xenogenesis: Spencer Barefield trio, quartet, Chamber Jazz Ensemble: Spencer Barefield (guitars, African harp), Richard Davis (bass), James Carter (reeds), Tani Tabbal (drums, tablas), Regina Carter & Tim Edwards (violins), Marlene Rice (viola), Tim Holley (cello)

1991 LIVE AT LEVERKUSENER JAZZTAGE, Sound Aspects (Germany): Spencer Barefield/Oliver Lake/Andrew Cyrille

1990 AFTER THE END, Sound Aspects (Germany): Spencer Barefield (guitars), Oliver Lake (saxophones), Hugh Ragin (trumpet, flugal h.),
Richard Davis (bass), Andrew Cyrille (drums)

1984 LIVE AT NICKELSDORF KONFRONTATIONEN , Sound Aspects (Germany): Spencer Barefield/Anthony Holland/Tani Tabbal

1982 TRANSDIMENSIONAL SPACE WINDOW, CAC/Trans African: Spencer Barefield/Anthony Holland/Tani Tabbal

1980-1990 With Roscoe Mitchell Sound Ensemble:
Live in Detroit , CECMA (Italy)
Sound and Space Ensembles, Black Saint (Italy)
3 X 4 Eye, Black Saint (Italy)
Snurdy McGurdy and Her Dancin Shoes, Nessa (Chicago)
1974 Roscoe Mitchell Quartet live in Toronto, Sackville (Toronto) with Mitchell, Barefield, Muhal Richard Abrams (piano), George Lewis (trombone)



A Spencer Barefield is an award winning guitarist, composer and ensemble leader who has toured and recorded throughout USA, Canada, Europe and elsewhere. His resume includes legendary jazz musicians like Richard Davis, Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Anthony Braxton, David Murray, Marcus Belgrave, Dave McMurray, Tani Tabbal, Jaribu Shahid, James Carter, Regina Carter, Marion Hayden, Kenn Cox, George Lewis and many others. He has received awards for composition and performance for NEA, MCACA, Meet the Composer/Commission USA, Lila Wallace Foundation, ATT/Reader's Digest Foundation, Arts Midwest, Arts International, ArtServe Michigan/ MCACA, Michigan Governor's Arts Award and others. His recordings have received much praise for excellence and have been cited in the critics polls of downbeat, Jazz Times, Cadence, Coda, Metro Times and many other publications.