February 20, 2009
I dropped into the Red Onion just outside the Adams Morgan area of DC, and picked up this effort from Robin Kenyatta. I dig the intagibility of understanding other countries of the African Diaspora, like Martinique. The title of this ECM pressing pulls an unsuspecting diasporic defector like me in every time. Kenyatta is pushed along by a rhythm section including Fred Braceful(drums) and Arild Anderson(bass) who did noted work with other ECM artists including Terje Rypdal, and one of my favs, Don Cherry(mostly because he had cool children). Wolfgang Dauner kills the clavi, especially on the percussive Thank You Jesus.
If you like that you’ll love this.
1)Girl From Martinique
2)Blues For Your Mama
3)Thank You Jesus
4)We’ll Be So Happy
December 28, 2008
Here are the personnel for this Headhunteresque rock fusion…
Larry Coryell – Guitar
Randy Brecker – Trumpet
Alphonse Mouzon – Percussion
Mike Mandel – Piano, Synthesizer
Danny Trifan – Bass
Scott Yanow of All Music had this to say about “Introducing The Eleventh House”…
The Eleventh House (1972-1975) was one of the stronger working groups in fusion, led by one of the unsung heroes of the idiom, guitarist Larry Coryell. This album is Eleventh House’s first recording and, in addition to Coryell’s guitar, most heavily featured are trumpeter Randy Brecker (who would later be replaced by Mike Lawrence) and keyboardist Mike Mandel; bassist Danny Trifan and drummer Alphonse Mouzon are strong in backup roles. The influence of Miles Davis, Weather Report, and Herbie Hancock is apparent, but the Eleventh House also offered a sound of their own. Brecker’s solos are often both fiery and lyrical. Coryell and Mandel blend together quite well, and the original grooves on this set often have distinctive personalities.
November 20, 2008
On the proverbial eve of the release of Q-Tip’s “The Renaissance”, we give you “Live At The Renaissance”. Two words make a world of difference in this instance. Infact, the sound of this album is one that has the potential to help hip-hop take a lunar leap, developmentally. With predominantly live instrumentation, and lot’s of emotional singing from the artist consitently known as Q-Tip, “Live At..” could’ve altered hip-hop fusion forever. It seems as though some record execs were afraid of making a little change. Go figure.
This album was slated to come out as a follow up to “Kamaal The Abstract”, another cult classic of Q-Tip’s that never officially dropped. So, it might be more appropriate to say that this album was slated to come out as a follow up to “Amplified”, which ushered in Tip’s literal and creative departure from ATCQ.
There isn’t much info floating around about the production of this album, for no liner notes ever surfaced. It is interesting to compare and contrast the unofficial and official versions.
The only song that’s exactly the same on both versions is a tune called Official, which might make disgruntled ATCQ fans happy.
D’Angelo is on both versions of I Believe, but the tunes themselves, are totally different.
Johnny Died is somewhat like The Renaissance’s Johnny is Dead, but a little more chancey and lyrically blunt.
I can’t get over the fact that this will never come out.
01. Johnny Died
03. Thats Sexy (Feat. Andre 3000)
04. Say Something For Me
05. Black Boy
06. Passes You By
09. Im Not Gone Have It
11. Where Do You Go
12. I Believe (Feat. D Angelo)
14. A Million Times
And if you like this, you’ll like the album.