Monday, February 2, 2009
A friend calls this album 'quixotic' . I like the record, but I know what he means.
It's low-key, Tyler plays mouth harp, not saxophone on 2 tunes. Yes, the last track is *that* Alouette (" Alouette, gentille Alouette...")
If you're in the middle of revisiting your Frank Wright collection, or off on a Kaoru Abe kick, then this record is going to sound decidedly 'down-tempo' to put it mildly...
Not for everyone then, but for lovers of Bang's music, and Tyler's at least.
Oh, and lovers of harmonica playing.
On the Hohner, Tyler has better chops than Leroy Jenkins...
1. Alabama African
2. Closer To The Flowers
4. Legend of The Lawmen
Billy Bang - Violin, Mbira, Bells
Charles Tyler - Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Harmonica, Bells
Rec March, 1981