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India & Africa: A Tribute to John Coltrane

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All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
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," "Olé," "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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Phil Freeman
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," "Olé," "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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 884501401401
  • Catalog Number: 5637691835
  • Sales rank: 348,203

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Living Space - Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra (6:42)
  2. 2 India - Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra (9:01)
  3. 3 Olé - Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra (4:50)
  4. 4 Tabla-Sarod Duet - Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra (6:27)
  5. 5 India (Reprise) - Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra (2:03)
  6. 6 Exaltation - Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra (4:29)
  7. 7 Africa - Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra (4:44)
  8. 8 Liberia - Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra (7:35)
  9. 9 Percussion Discussion - Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra (1:24)
  10. 10 Dahomey Dance - Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra (2:14)
  11. 11 Africa (Reprise) - Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra (2:55)
  12. 12 Encore: Afro Blue - Anthony Brown's Asian American Orchestra (6:47)
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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
Tardon Feathered Mastering
Dana Pandey Composer
Steve Oda Composer
Jim Norton Arranger
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