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Crossroads
     

Crossroads

by Hemispheres
 
Hemispheres is led by percussionist Ian Dogole, whose embraces influences from many musical styles around the world, utilizing such accomplished musicians as multi-reed players Paul McCandless (who was worked extensively with Paul Winter), Sheldon Brown (who has played with Omar Sosa)

Overview

Hemispheres is led by percussionist Ian Dogole, whose embraces influences from many musical styles around the world, utilizing such accomplished musicians as multi-reed players Paul McCandless (who was worked extensively with Paul Winter), Sheldon Brown (who has played with Omar Sosa), pianist Frank Martin (a veteran jazz educator and sideman), and bassist Bill Douglass (who has worked with Marian McPartland and Charlie Byrd). Ralph Towner's "The Glide" provides an unusual opener, it omits the guitar from the composer's original concept, with McCandless' playful soprano sax and Brown's robust tenor sailing over the light Latin rhythm. Brown's "Fathers and Sons" has a chant-like air at first, before the blend of the composer's soprano and McCandless' English horn begin to work their magic in a lovely yet breezy setting. Dogole solos on kalimba (an African thumb piano) to provide an introduction to the late trumpeter Woody Shaw's "Katrina Ballerina," a delicious post-bop vehicle showcasing McCandless' expressive, Eric Dolphy-like bass clarinet, Martin's dramatic piano, and Brown's sizzling soprano sax. The CD wraps with an unusual twist: a hypnotic work by Iranian composer/lute player Hossein Alizadeh, which features guest Hassan Massoudy on vocals and tombak (a Persian goblet drum), recorded in live performance. While this music is difficult to classify, it proves to be consistently captivating and ear-opening.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2009
Label:
Sunnyside
UPC:
0016728123525
catalogNumber:
1235
Rank:
194415

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hemispheres   Primary Artist
Ian Dogole   Dumbek,Cymbals,Drums,Kalimba,Cajon
Paul McCandless   Bass Clarinet,English Horn,Soprano Saxophone
Hassan Massoudy   Vocals,Tombak
Sheldon Brown   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Piccolo,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bill Douglass   Double Bass
Frank Gayer Martin   Piano

Technical Credits

Woody Shaw   Composer
Ralph Towner   Composer
Ian Dogole   Composer,Producer
Paul McCandless   Composer
Hossein Alizâdeh   Composer
Christopher Drukker   Graphic Design
Sheldon Brown   Composer
Warren Kahn   Producer,Engineer

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