BurntSugar & Others —
Rites ... CD Avantgroidd, 2003. Used ...
The most ambitious album yet from one of the most ambitious collectives in the funk underground! This time the BurntSugar group has come up with the sprawling, classically-aware The Rites – a set of tracks that is officially inspired by Stravinsky's Le Sacre Du Printemps, but cooks up just enough 70s style soulscapes and electric jazz for the grooveheads! The set was conducted by Butch Morris, for a true orchestral improvisational feel – with plenty of guitars (courtesy of Miles Davis & Gary Bartz collaborator Pete Cosey), strings and keys for a very loose chamber groove, plus some spare trumpet, flute, vox organ, and turntable & beat effects. Nice stuff – very loose, very languorous, and featuring a much different groove than anything else you will probably find in the soul jazz & funk underground! The 8 tracks include "Rites (1-7)" and the closer "Sky Porch". CD