Coup de Tête

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All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
Fittingly enough, the first sound heard on Kip Hanrahan's premier release is that of the conga and the first word sung is "sex," two leitmotifs that would appear consistently in his ensuing work. Coup de Tete burst on the scene in the early '80s as an entirely fresh, invigorating amalgam of Cuban percussion much of it Santeria-based, free jazz, funk, and intimate, confrontational lyrics. Hanrahan had worked at New Music Distribution Service, a project run by Carla Bley and Michael Mantler both of whom appear on this album, and had established contacts with numerous musicians from varied fields who he threw together in a glorious New York City melting pot. With the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
Fittingly enough, the first sound heard on Kip Hanrahan's premier release is that of the conga and the first word sung is "sex," two leitmotifs that would appear consistently in his ensuing work. Coup de Tete burst on the scene in the early '80s as an entirely fresh, invigorating amalgam of Cuban percussion much of it Santeria-based, free jazz, funk, and intimate, confrontational lyrics. Hanrahan had worked at New Music Distribution Service, a project run by Carla Bley and Michael Mantler both of whom appear on this album, and had established contacts with numerous musicians from varied fields who he threw together in a glorious New York City melting pot. With the percussion and electric bass laying down thick and delicious grooves, the cream of the younger avant saxophonists in New York at the time wail over the top, accompanying some of the most brutally uncomfortable lyrics ever put to wax. The relationships Hanrahan details are turbulent to say the least, often intertwined with economic concerns as well as a general sense of the impossibility of understanding one's mate. After asking him for abuse and being refused, his lover sung wonderfully by Lisa Herman taunts, "When you could only sulk/I had more contempt for you than I ever thought I could have." Interspersed among the bitter love harangues and ecstatic percussion-driven numbers are two stunningly lovely pieces, Marguerite Duras' "India Song" and Teo Macero's "Heart on My Sleeve," both aching with romanticism. Coup de Tete is a superb record, an impressive debut, and, arguably, one of the finest moments in Hanrahan's career along with the following release, Desire Develops an Edge. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2010
  • Label: Yellowbird
  • UPC: 767522770124
  • Catalog Number: 7701
  • Sales rank: 269,630

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kip Hanrahan Primary Artist, Percussion, Voices, Quinto, Synthesizer Strings
Daniel Ponce Conga, Chekere, Iya
Carla Bley Piano, Voices
Chico Freeman Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Byard Lancaster Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Bill Laswell Electric Bass
Michael Mantler Trumpet
Cecil McBee Bass
Carlos Ward Alto Saxophone
Billy Bang Violin
Victor Lewis Trap Kit
John Clark French Horn
Arto Lindsay Electric Guitar
Jerry Gonzalez Conga, Chekere, Quinto
Ignacio Berroa Trap Kit
George Cartwright Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Jon Fausty Overdubs
Anton Fier Trap Kit
Fred Frith Electric Guitar
Gene Golden Conga, Chekere
Lisa Herman Voices
Jamaaladeen Tacuma Electric Bass
David Liebman Soprano Saxophone
Teo Macero Tenor Saxophone
Nicky Marrero Okonkolo
Bern Nix Electric Guitar
Dom Um Romão Agogo
George Naha Electric Guitar
Emilsam Velazquez Overdubs
Carlos Mestre Conga
David Rodriguez Overdubs
Angel Petrez Conga
Arto Linday Electric Guitar
Orlando Digirolamo "Lanny Dijay" Accordion
Technical Credits
Kip Hanrahan Composer, Producer
Michael Mantler Engineer
Ishmael Reed Liner Notes
Jon Fausty Engineer
Paul Haines Liner Notes
Teo Macero Composer
Tom Mark Engineer
Scott Marcus Executive Producer
Jack Adelman Mastering
Kevin Zambrana Engineer
Carlos d'Alessio Composer
Marguerite Duras Composer
Bob Bluementhal Liner Notes
Zeichenpool Cover Design
David Rodriguez Engineer
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