MIKE LEDONNE - AWWRIGHT!
Organist Mike LeDonne works here with his well-named Groover Quartet – a sweet combo that backs the leader on Hammond with Eric Alexander on tenor, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and Joe Farnsworth on drums! That rock-solid lineup brings plenty to bear on the record – and Alexander's tenor alone is worth the price of admission – very well-suited to the sound of the organ, given that Eric came up from the south side in the band of Charles Earland, and really knows how to blow alongside a Hammond. The set also features guest trumpet from Jeremy Pelt on a few cuts – whose tone here is crisper and more focused than usual – and the legendary Bob Cranshaw throws in a few Prestige Records-styled basslines on a few cuts, although Mike can more than handle the bass parts with the action of his foot on the pedals of the Hammond. Titles include "Love Don't Love Nobody", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "The Boss", "Mary Lou's Blues", "Hadley Joe", and "Awwlright". ~ Dusty Groove
IRA COHEN / BILL LASWELL - ON BRION GYSIN
Ira Cohen - The original Majoun traveler. Poet, artist, mystic, pioneer of mylar photography. In collaboration with iconoclast musician / producer, Bill Laswell - presenting a tribute to avant-garde master Brion Gysin - visionary painter, writer - inventor, accomplished shaman and true voyager of the inner space age. On Ira Cohen: "Ira Cohen, the wizard of Tangier and the sage of Kathmandu." - William S. Burroughs; "The man who lives in the Land of the Muezzin." - Jorge Luis Borges; "Ira Cohen is a real heavyweight." - Paul Bowles. Tracks: On Brion Gysin 1; On Brion Gysin 2; and Elegy.
HIDEO YAMAKI / BILL LASWELL - UNTAKEN PATH
A coded dialog between acoustic drums and electric bass. Master percussionist, Hideo Yamaki - Japan's premiere drummer, most respected, most recored, most in demand...without peer. From J-pop to free jazz, folkloric to metal... A true Kaijyu of universal rhythm... In duet here with American bassist Bill Laswell, presenting an intuitive duel of intense hypercussion vs fluid low end assault... overflowing, extending, colliding, unfolding... 2 voices, 2 directions. In search of the same mirage. Born in Kumamoto, Japan. In ʻ74, he moved to Tokyo, in ʼ78 he formed legendary experimental rock band MARIAH with leading sax player Yasuaki Shimizu, later joined jazz guitar master, Kazumi Watanabeʼs Band. He is also known for being the long time drummer for trumpet virtuoso, Toshinori Kondo & IMA. Yamaki has worked with numerous artists and musicians from all over the world: Arto Lindsay, John Zorn, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ginger Baker, Bernie Worrell, Hosono Haruomi, David Sylvian, SamulNori, Bill Bruford, Foday Musa Suso , Bill Laswell, to name a few. Reack: Untaken Path 15:32.