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House of the Rising Sun

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Idris Muhammad's House of the Rising Sun is a legendary soul-jazz album, and for good reason. First there's the fact that, Grady Tate notwithstanding, Idris Muhammad is easily the greatest of all soul-jazz drummers. Next, it is revealed that label boss and producer Creed Taylor was at his most inspired here, and wasn't afraid to err on the rhythm and blues side of the jazz equation. The material is top-notch, and David Matthews, who orchestrated and arranged this date with the exception of one track -- "Sudan" was written by Muhammad and Tom Harrell, and Harrell arranged it -- was on fire. As a bandleader, Muhammad is shockingly effective. Not because one could ever doubt ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Idris Muhammad's House of the Rising Sun is a legendary soul-jazz album, and for good reason. First there's the fact that, Grady Tate notwithstanding, Idris Muhammad is easily the greatest of all soul-jazz drummers. Next, it is revealed that label boss and producer Creed Taylor was at his most inspired here, and wasn't afraid to err on the rhythm and blues side of the jazz equation. The material is top-notch, and David Matthews, who orchestrated and arranged this date with the exception of one track -- "Sudan" was written by Muhammad and Tom Harrell, and Harrell arranged it -- was on fire. As a bandleader, Muhammad is shockingly effective. Not because one could ever doubt his ability, but because of his reputation as one of the great studio drummers in jazz. Finally, this is the single greatest lineup in Kudu's history, and features the talents of Don Grolnick, Eric Gale, Will Lee, Roland Hanna, Joe Beck, David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, Hugh McCracken, Bob Berg, Fred Wesley, Patti Austin, and a dozen others playing their asses off. From the title track which opens the album, with Austin reaching the breaking point in her delivery, to the stunningly funky groove in Ashford and Simpson's "Hard to Face the Music," to the minor key funk of the Chopin-adapted theme in "Theme for New York City," to "Sudan"'s triple-timed drums and killer Eastern-tinged hooks, and a read of the Meters' "Hey Pocky A-Way," with Eric Gale's dirty finger poppin' bass atop McCracken's bluesed-out slide work, this is a steaming, no let-up album. Add to this a gorgeous version of the Ary Barroso Brazilian jazz classic "Bahia," and you have the set for a classic jazz album. But the complete disregard for the political correctness of "Jazz" itself, in order to get the deeply funky and soulful grooves across, is what makes this set so damn special and even spiritual in its inspiration. Jazz purists lost all credibility when they slagged this one off, caught as they were in tainted, even racist views of the past that made no allowances for jazz musicians to actually follow their time-honored tradition of mining the pop music of the day to extend the breadth and reach of jazz itself. Anybody who wants to believe that George Gershwin is somehow more important than George Porter Jr. is already lost in his own cultural fascism. Muhammad, who understands this better than anyone, pulled out all the stops here and blasted out one amazingly tough, funky slab. Brilliant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2007
  • Label: King Japan
  • EAN: 4988003335632
  • Catalog Number: 2221

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Idris Muhammad Primary Artist, Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Patti Austin Background Vocals
Bob Berg Tenor Saxophone
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Cuber Baritone Saxophone
Don Grolnick Piano, Electric Piano
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
David Nadien Violin
David Matthews Conductor
Seymour Barab Cello
Harry Cykman Violin
George Devens Percussion
Max Ellen Violin
Eric Gale Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Paul Gershman Violin
Emanuel Green Violin
Roland Hanna Electric Piano
Tom Harrell Trumpet
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Harold Kohon Violin
Will Lee Electric Bass
Charles Libove Violin
Joseph Malin Violin
Hugh McCracken Electric Guitar
Charles McCracken Cello
Deborah McDuffie Background Vocals
Leon Pendarvis Synthesizer, Electric Piano
Barry Rogers Trombone, Soloist
Fred Wesley Valve Trombone, Soloist
Frank Floyd Vocals
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Electric Bass
Technical Credits
Art Neville Composer
David Matthews Arranger
Nick Ashford Composer
Frédéric Chopin Composer
Arnaldo DeSouteiro Liner Notes
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Tom Harrell Arranger, Composer
Idris Muhammad Composer
Ziggy Modeliste Composer
George Porter Jr. Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Creed Taylor Producer
Ray Gilbert Composer
Susumu Morikawa Reissue Producer
Traditional Composer
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