Ancients Speak

Ancients Speak

by Melvin Gibbs
     
 

Melvin Gibbs has not been an easy artist to pigeonhole. The New York City bassist has had plenty of rock credentials (including Harriet Tubman, Eye & I, and the Rollins Band), but he has had his share of impressive jazz associations as well (for example, Sonny Sharrock,See more details below

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Melvin Gibbs has not been an easy artist to pigeonhole. The New York City bassist has had plenty of rock credentials (including Harriet Tubman, Eye & I, and the Rollins Band), but he has had his share of impressive jazz associations as well (for example, Sonny Sharrock, Bill Frisell, and Ronald Shannon Jackson). And Gibbs doesn't become any easier to pigeonhole on Ancients Speak, which finds him leading a group that is billed as Melvin Gibbs' Elevated Entity. This 2009 release draws on a long list of influences, ranging from African pop to funk, hip-hop, jazz, and rock. Latin music is also an influence, especially Brazilian samba and Afro-Cuban music. Perhaps the easiest, most convenient description of Ancients Speak would be "world fusion"; that term has been applied to a wide variety of recordings, and variety is certainly a prime ingredient of this 47-minute CD -- which never becomes predictable or formulaic. Listening to Ancients Speak for the first time, one has no idea what Gibbs and his colleagues will do from one song to the next. That lack of predictability is a big part of the fun; Ancients Speak is certainly a musical roller coaster. And even though some parts of this album are more creatively successful than others, Gibbs' experimentation pays off more often than not. Ancients Speak isn't quite as consistent as it could have been, but all things considered, it is an exciting listen -- and those who have admired Gibbs' eclecticism will be glad to know that Elevated Entity is making his résumé even more far-reaching.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2009
Label:
Livewired Music
UPC:
0884501093330
catalogNumber:
1001
Rank:
128839

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melvin Gibbs   Primary Artist,Bass,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Graham Haynes   Horn
Ron Blake   Horn
Pete Cosey   Guitar
J.T. Lewis   Drums
Abdou M'Boup   Percussion
John Medeski   Keyboards
Mark Batson   Keyboards
Craig Taborn   Keyboards
Micah Gaugh   Horn
James Hurt   Keyboards
J. Lewis   Drums
Casey Benjamin   Horn
Blackbyrd McKnight   Guitar
Terreon Gully   Drums
Felix Sanabria   Percussion
B Negão   Rap
Totonho   Vocals
Ruben   Rap
Cortejo Afro   Percussion
Chason Walker   Rap
Amayo   Vocals
Afoxe Fihos Do Korin Efan   Percussion,Vocals
Micha Gaugh   Horn,Alto Saxophone
Pedrito Martínez   Vocals

Technical Credits

Arto Lindsay   Producer,Audio Production
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Melvin Gibbs   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Scotty Hard   Engineer
Walker   Composer
Greg Gordon   Engineer
Ron Croudy   Cover Art
Traditional   Composer
Totonho & Os Cabra   Composer
B Negão   Composer
Totonho   Composer
Ruben   Composer
Amayo   Composer
Gibbs   Composer
Kassin   Audio Production

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