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India & Africa: A Tribute to John Coltrane
     

India & Africa: A Tribute to John Coltrane

by Anthony Brown
 
Drummer Anthony Brown assembled this large ensemble to present the work of John Coltrane in a way that would meld his avant-garde jazz, influenced as it was by the music of India and Africa, with the instruments and tonal and rhythmic languages of those regions. This large ensemble, which adds Indian percussion and stringed instruments

Overview

Drummer Anthony Brown assembled this large ensemble to present the work of John Coltrane in a way that would meld his avant-garde jazz, influenced as it was by the music of India and Africa, with the instruments and tonal and rhythmic languages of those regions. This large ensemble, which adds Indian percussion and stringed instruments to a moderately sized jazz band, plays Coltrane's melodies (pieces performed include "Living Space," "India," "Ol�," "Dahomey Dance," and "Africa") in a surging, modal manner, and occasionally the ensemble breaks down into subgroups, for example during the tabla-sarod duet that takes up nearly seven minutes of the album's first (Indian) half. Some of the "African section" seems to owe as much to the Art Ensemble of Chicago as to Coltrane (and, after all, that group paid tribute to the saxophonist on their own Dreaming of the Master's Suite in the '80s), as small percussion instruments and vocal chants launch the performance. But when the band launches into "Africa," the bass, drums, and percussion create a mighty throb, over which trumpets and saxophones squeal and soar. The ensemble's version of "Liberia" is fierce and swinging, the perfect lead-in to the brief "Percussion Discussion" and an extremely funky, almost Afro-beat run through "Dahomey Dance." By the time the performance concludes with a nearly salsa arrangement of "Afro Blue," the listener has been on quite a globe-trotting journey, and it's been well worth the trip.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0884501401401
catalogNumber:
5637691835
Rank:
127220

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anthony Brown   Primary Artist,Percussion,Conductor,Drums,Soloist
Kenneth Nash   Percussion,Soloist,African Percussion
Danny Bittker   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Contralto Clarinet
Melecio Magdaluyo   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Marcia Miget   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Wayne Wallace   Trombone,Soloist
Mark Izu   Bass,Sheng,Soloist
Glen Pearson   Piano,Soloist
Dana Pandey   Tabla
Henry Hung   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Richard Lee   Bass Trombone
Geechi Taylor   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Steve Oda   Sarod
Masaru Koga   Shakuhachi,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Pushpa Oda   Tambura
Kathleen Torres   French Horn

Technical Credits

Kenneth Nash   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Mongo Santamaría   Composer
Wayne Wallace   Arranger
Anthony Brown   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes,Concept
Lee Brenkman   Engineer,Live Sound
Andy Nozaka   Cover Photo
Dana Pandey   Composer
Steve Oda   Composer
Jim Norton   Arranger

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