Conjure: Music for the Texts of Ishmael Reed

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All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
Essentially the brainchild of Kip Hanrahan, the loose-knit group known as Conjure brings to bear all the elements that he had fused so successfully in the various projects released under his own name: avant-garde jazz, Latin especially Afro-Cuban rhythms, and a deep, funky blues sensibility. Here, using texts from the contemporary author Ishmael Reed, he distributes the composing duties to everyone from Lester Bowie to Taj Mahal to Allen Toussaint, mixes a heady instrumental gumbo, and allows things to percolate to a fine boil. The cast of musicians is certainly of all-star quality, but special mention should be made of trumpeter Olu Dara for some heart-rendingly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
Essentially the brainchild of Kip Hanrahan, the loose-knit group known as Conjure brings to bear all the elements that he had fused so successfully in the various projects released under his own name: avant-garde jazz, Latin especially Afro-Cuban rhythms, and a deep, funky blues sensibility. Here, using texts from the contemporary author Ishmael Reed, he distributes the composing duties to everyone from Lester Bowie to Taj Mahal to Allen Toussaint, mixes a heady instrumental gumbo, and allows things to percolate to a fine boil. The cast of musicians is certainly of all-star quality, but special mention should be made of trumpeter Olu Dara for some heart-rendingly beautiful playing, Taj Mahal for his wonderful, raspy vocal delivery, and the entire cast of percussionists, astounding in their diversity of attacks. The pieces tend toward relaxed pop forms with vocals and approachable structures but always sporting a sharply honed edge, both in their musical form and in the pointed lyrical observations that are philosophical while retaining street-level grit. As on other Hanrahan productions, there are several pieces like Bowie's "Fool-Ology" which might be popular hits in a more benevolent universe. Highly recommended for all listeners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/1995
  • Label: American Clave
  • UPC: 753607100627
  • Catalog Number: 1006
  • Sales rank: 247,827

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taj Mahal Dobro, Guitar, Conductor, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Voices
Carla Bley Conductor
Lester Bowie Trumpet, Conductor, Vocals, Voices
Kip Hanrahan Percussion, Conductor, Conga, Multi Instruments, Background Music
Billy Hart Drums
Kenny Kirkland Piano
Ishmael Reed Vocals, Voices
Steve Swallow Bass, Piano, Electric Bass, Conductor
Jean-Paul Bourelly Guitar, Electric Guitar
Arto Lindsay Guitar, Electric Guitar
Milton Cardona Organ, Percussion, Conga, Quinto
Olu Dara Trumpet
David Murray Conductor, Tenor Saxophone
Frisner Augustin Percussion, Conga, Stick, Quinto
Sal Cuevas Bass, Electric Bass
Molly Farley Vocals, Voices
Andy González Bass
Jamaaladeen Tacuma Electric Bass
Olufemi Claudette Mitchell Percussion, Chekere
Elysee Pyronneau Guitar, Electric Guitar
Orlando "Puntilla" Rios Percussion, Conga, Bells, Claves, Quinto
Peter Scherer Piano
Allen Toussaint Organ, Piano, Conductor
Robert Jason Vocals, Voices
Don Jay Vocals, Voices
Carman Moore Conductor
Brenda Norton Vocals, Voices
Ejaye Tracey Bass, Vocals, Voices
Technical Credits
Kip Hanrahan Director, Producer, Concept
Greg Calbi Mastering
Olufemi Claudette Mitchell Contributor
Don Palmer Liner Notes
Frank Rodriguez Engineer
Scott Marcus Executive Producer
Fred Goodman Critic
David F. Rodriguez Engineer
David Rodriguez Jr. Engineer
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