MP3 Reggie Nicholson Concept - Unnecessary Noise Allowed
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10 MP3 Songs in this album (52:10) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Jazz Fusion, JAZZ: Traditional Jazz Combo
Featuring Gene Ghee on sax & flute, Mark McGowan on trumpet, Bruce Edwards on guitar, Brad Jones on bass and Reggie Nicholson on drums and all compositions. Although this especially diverse work has been out since 1997, this is the first time that DMG has had copies to sell. Reggie is one of downtown's best drummers and has been a part of the AACM for quite a while, playing with Muhal Richard Abrams, as well as bands with pianist Yuko Fujiyama. I am unfamiliar with both horn players here, but I do know guitarist Bruce Edwards from his work with Sun Ra and other Philly folks. Bassist Brad Jones is another of downtown's best who is on dozens of recordings and live dates, from the Jazz Passengers to Misha Mengelberg & Dave Douglas. Each of the ten pieces here deals with different grooves and styles, evoking a variety of moods. From the slow, pensive and mysterious opener to the somewhat funky Afrobeat meets Blue Note groove of "Bootblack". Gene Ghee's dark and haunting tenor tone and Bruce's sinuous and sly electric guitar blend perfectly on this one. Brad's (electric?) bass and Bruce's guitar swirl freely together on "Power Stronger than Itself", with superb solos from both horns & guitar and a hypnotic theme which moves in waves. "After Five" features some lovely flute, trumpet & guitar playing and harmonies, while the title track is an amazing avant/funk groove tune with some fine wah-wah jazz guitar from Bruce and strong Trane-toned tenor sax from Mr. Ghee. Reggie's writing quite strong throughout, especially on "Belief Beyond", which moves between slower and more ominous sections with some superb percussion (gongs & cymbals) at the center, with some excellent electric bass & guitar solos. "HJN#1" has another of those wonderful, memorable melodies and Blue Note sorta grooves. At about 55 minutes, this is a rich and rewarding work throughout.
Bruce Lee Gallanters
Downtown Music Gallery, NYC
in partnership with CDbaby
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