The second post Mantronik set from the frequently slept on 80s rap genius Just-Ice – featuring production by none other than KRS-One – with a few righteous and ruthless tracks that stand up with the best from the earlier classic LPs! The rugged and raw KRS backdrop serves Just-Ice's gruff delivery very well – and if Desolate isn't the masterpiece it could have been, it's quality still eclipses many more popularly heralded albums from the era – and it's finally available after way too many years out of print! "Na Touch Da Just", "Desolate One", "Welfare Recipients", "Hijack" and a surprisingly dope performance by Heavy D on "Ram DanceHall Session." CD
Alexa Tarantino —
Firefly ... CD Posi tone, 2021. New Copy ...
Saxophonist Alexa Tarantino just seems to get better and better with each new record – stretching out here on a range of horns that includes alto and soprano sax, plus flutes and clarinet as well – and set up in a wonderful quintet that features the vibes of Behn Gillece, piano and Rhodes of Art Hirihara, bass of Boris Kozlov, and drums of Rudy Royston! If you know contemporary jazz and/or the Posi-Tone label, you'll know how great all these elements are individually – and together, they're even better than you might expect – as Tarantino leads the group through a strong set that mostly features original numbers, plus two Wayne Shorter remakes – very fitting, as there's an early Shorter spirit to the way some of these tunes unfold and flow. Titles include "Spider's Dance", "Mindful Moments", "Surge Capacity", "Firefly Code", "Lady Day", "Rootless Ruthlessness", and "Daybreak". CD