Little Boy Don't Get Scared

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
When bassist and producer Bill Laswell puts together a project like this one, it's hard not to feel a little twinge of trepidation: his ability to pull together top-drawer talent is nearly unparalleled (and in this case he's gathered such A-list names as Grandmaster Melle Mel, Roc Raida, Amina Claudine Myers, Graham Haynes, and Bootsy Collins, among others), and he frequently puts them together in unusual and revelatory ways and draws exceptional performances from them. But when a Laswell project falls flat it falls really flat, and for this one he's set himself an unusually daunting challenge: to recast classic jazz and jump-blues songs in a dub/funk/electro/hip-hop ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
When bassist and producer Bill Laswell puts together a project like this one, it's hard not to feel a little twinge of trepidation: his ability to pull together top-drawer talent is nearly unparalleled (and in this case he's gathered such A-list names as Grandmaster Melle Mel, Roc Raida, Amina Claudine Myers, Graham Haynes, and Bootsy Collins, among others), and he frequently puts them together in unusual and revelatory ways and draws exceptional performances from them. But when a Laswell project falls flat it falls really flat, and for this one he's set himself an unusually daunting challenge: to recast classic jazz and jump-blues songs in a dub/funk/electro/hip-hop setting. And this one really is a success, if at times an unlikely one. Opening with the obscure King Pleasure song "Little Boy Don't Get Scared," which is given a strangely laid-back, loping hip-hop arrangement, he proceeds to build dark and dubby structures into which the swinging vocals of Asante, Dana Bryant, Myers, and Alicia Renee are able to float and dance with plenty of room but also solid rhythmic support. At times the result evokes Skip McDonald's various projects with On-U Sound (notice the especially Little Axe-ish "I'm Gone"), and at others it evokes the early Material funk-soul project One Down. But every single track sounds unmistakably like a Laswell joint: the focus on old-school turntablism, the bottomless but richly melodic basslines, the retreating dubwise drum echoes. And in one thrilling departure, he takes the Duke Ellington standard "Cottontail" down a junglist rabbithole, with dubbed-up trumpets, skittering turntables, and layers of reverb-laden drums swirling in concentric circles of polyrhythmic bliss. Chalk this one up as another Bill Laswell triumph.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Douglas Records
  • EAN: 3660341174616
  • Catalog Number: 12
  • Sales rank: 318,273

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Boy Don't Get Scared (7:56)
  2. 2 Swan Blues (6:15)
  3. 3 I'm Gone (5:43)
  4. 4 Moody's Mood for Love (6:15)
  5. 5 Cottontail (8:36)
  6. 6 Angel Eyes (6:00)
  7. 7 Twisted (5:25)
  8. 8 Fade (1:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jazzonia Primary Artist
Bill Laswell Indexed Contributor, Bass, Percussion, Turntables
Karl Berger Synthesizer, Piano, keyboard bass
Byard Lancaster Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Graham Haynes Cornet, Flugelhorn
Bootsy Collins Vocals
Grandmaster Melle Mel Vocals
Amina Claudine Myers Electric Piano, Vocals
Roc Raida Turntables
Brandon Ross Guitar
Nicky Skopelitis Guitar
Technical Credits
Stan Getz Composer
Wardell Gray Composer
Quincy Jones Composer
Bill Laswell Composer, Producer
James Moody Composer
King Pleasure Composer
Annie Ross Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Alan Douglas Producer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Robert Musso Engineer
Richard Carpenter Composer
Earl K. Brent Composer
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