A fantastic chapter in the continuing evolution of trumpeter Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah – a set recorded at the Blue Note in New York, just days before the city had to shut down in 2020 – and a record that maybe carries with it some of the urgency of that moment! Scott's studio records in recent years have really blown us away – but it's maybe even more amazing here to hear him working with the group in this frenzy of colors, tones, and rhythms! In addition to conventional trumpet, Christian blows a reverse flugelhorn, which has an amazing sound – and his group features really intense work on drums from Cory Fonville, whose efforts on the kit seem to set everyone else on fire – a lineup taht features Lawrence Fields on piano and Rhodes, Kris Funn on bass, Weedie Braimah on percussion, and Elena Pinderhughes on flute. The music is tremendous – full of power, life, and message – on titles that include "Diaspora", "The Last Chieftain", "X Adjuah", "Huntress", "Incarnation", "Songs She Never Heard", "Guinnevere", and "Sunrise In Beijing". LP, Vinyl record album
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Jonas Hellborg —
Word ... CD Axiom, 1991. Used ...
One of the most compelling Bill Laswell productions of the 90s – partly because the work of Maleem Mahmoud Ghania is so great – and also because tenor genius Pharoah Sanders turns in some great work on the set! The core sound comes from Ghania's roots in gnawa – vocals and guimbri from the leader, mixed with rising voices and percussion from a larger ensemble – the topped with the sorts of searing solos that only Pharoah can deliver – usually at a level that's a lot more outside than most of his other recordings of the period! Unlike some other Laswell records, Bill doesn't seem to be involved at all in the music – and instead really just steps back and lets Sanders and Ghania really work magic together with the rest of the ensemble – on titles that include "Bala Moussaka", "Peace In Essaouria", "Salat Anbi", "Mahraba", "Casa Casa Atougra", "Boulandi Samawi", and "Hamdouchi". LP, Vinyl record album
Nicky Skopelitis —
Ekstasis ... CD Axiom, 1993. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Jah Wobble, Amina Claudine Myers, and Zakir Hussain. Produced by Bill Laswell. CD
A Bill Laswell-produced set of sides by Pharoah Sanders – one put together with all of the textural undercurrents of Laswell's previous recordings on Axiom, but done here with a lot more soul and subtlety overall! Graham Haynes is in the group on cornet and flugelhorn – and his ability to float nicely in space really helps the overall sound structure of the set – and although Sanders' horn gets some nice moments, the overall vibe is still much more in Laswell's territory, with some key world jazz elements at points – especially on the percussive parts handled by Trilok Gurtu. Titles include "Gamoka", "Alankara", "Morning Tala", and "Across Time". CD
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Ulf Ivarsson & Bill Laswell —
Nammu ... CD Ropeadope, 2022. New Copy ...
Out Of Stock
The cover's got a really heavy sort of image – of the type that you might have seen on some of the classic Axiom label releases from bassist Bill Laswell many years back – but the approach here is a bit different, and nicely touched by the spirit of the other members of the group! Drummer Ulf Ivarsson co-led the set with Laswell, and plays both acoustic and electric variations of his instrument – in a quintet that also has organ from Per Wiberg, drums from Hux Nettermalm, and baritone, alto, and bass clarinet from Thomas Backman – all players who work in the kind of rumbling territory you'd expect from Laswell – but with some moments that are a bit more open and organic too. Tracks are all quite long – and titles include "Kishar", "Anzang", "Agrun", and "Im Nun". CD