Ancients Speak

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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: 3/17/2009
  • Label: Livewired Music
  • UPC: 884501093330
  • Catalog Number: 1001
  • Sales rank: 179,842

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ancients Speak - Melvin Gibb's Elevated Entity (4:38)
  2. 2 Sometimes - Melvin Gibb's Elevated Entity (3:57)
  3. 3 Canto por Odudua - Melvin Gibb's Elevated Entity (6:17)
  4. 4 Represent Do Rio - Melvin Gibb's Elevated Entity (4:45)
  5. 5 Mojuba - Melvin Gibb's Elevated Entity (4:37)
  6. 6 Sun of Shango - Melvin Gibb's Elevated Entity (4:55)
  7. 7 Eu Cant en Yoruba - Melvin Gibb's Elevated Entity (4:21)
  8. 8 Macumba - Melvin Gibb's Elevated Entity (4:26)
  9. 9 Summer Breeze - Melvin Gibb's Elevated Entity (4:11)
  10. 10 Os Aguas - Melvin Gibb's Elevated Entity (5:33)
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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
A Gibbs Composer
Kassin Audio Production
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