Wednesday, June 17, 2009
thanks to Kinabalu.....for the reminder of this albums existence and for generating the impulse to actually listen to it.
No self respecting jazz fan should be without this, it is one of the gems of the late 60's and the BYG.... label.more specifically.
Ive always enjoyed Redman's playing ...and this surely features one of the hottest rhythm sections (convened ad hoc for this occasion only)...EVER!!
Often referred to as a careful and conservative radical , even a cursory listen to Tariq reveals otherwise....
Redman simply tears through half the tracks here (check out tariq itself ..a tour de force which begins fast enough ... and soon shifts into double time with Redman gradually contorting/transforming the melody, accentuating the trance with growls and non pitched effects... ... OVER EVER FASTER WINDING BREAK NECK RHYTHMS)
on half the tracks Redman showcases his double reed Musette an instrument very similar to the Indian shanai( and just as difficult to play!!)on which he also occasionally performed , though seldom with the passion and forceful sweep as on this record.
As often with Redman's best records there is a lyrical dream like free improv..... this one's a corker ( related and un related vibrations ,the closer... featuring Favors only extended solo one of his distinctive free arco variations.....affair's..mmmmmmm)
Great as Redman is ...IT IS the rhythm section's inventive,propulsive.. Drive .. which for me makes this so EXHILARATING!
Behind all the theatrics and make up , Favors was one of the most innovative inventive bassists ever.
a pity all three are long gone ... just when the world most needs its wizened shamen & master Griot's
the record is in good nick ... though it has to be said that AFFINITY pressings were always inferior tending to sound somewhat dull( they were after all little more than bootlegs!!!!!).. not to mention pressing faults etc
BTW/ A BRIEF NOTE ON FILE FORMAT.... It's starting to seem ludicrous to post in both FLAC, and Lame format's .... particularly when Flac is so prevalent in file sharing terms... most people ought to have the required codecs to convert to lame ,
in any case as i see it we are providing raw material wart's and all ..which can be imported into sound forge, audacity , wave lab and any number of d-clicking program's ... or converted at will