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Making Love to the Dark Ages
     

Making Love to the Dark Ages

by Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber
 
Bandleader Greg Tate uses a technique called "conduction" to lead Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, and to read about this technique is to experience a dark sense of foreboding. Apparently conduction involves the use of "gestures, baton twirls, eye contact, and facial expressions" to signal to the band how it should manipulate the various

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Bandleader Greg Tate uses a technique called "conduction" to lead Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, and to read about this technique is to experience a dark sense of foreboding. Apparently conduction involves the use of "gestures, baton twirls, eye contact, and facial expressions" to signal to the band how it should manipulate the various elements of the music at any given moment. It may sound like a fun idea for the musicians, but like many things that musicians find fun, it sounds like a potential disaster for listeners. A glance at the track list on this album only deepens the sense of gloom: it opens with a three-part suite (total time: 25 minutes) and closes with a two-part suite (total time: 18 minutes) and in between features a tune called "Thorazine/81" that purports to be partially written by Miles Davis. So after all the dread, how does the album sound? It's a very mixed bag. The first section of the "Chains and Water" suite is a jazzy song that draws deeply (and quite beautifully) on the African-American spiritual tradition, but then the second section is a free-ish, one-chord instrumental snoozefest that drags on for over 13 minutes. "Thorazine/81" is self-indulgent and boring, but "Love to Tical" is a swinging funk workout that features some very attractive female vocalese, a fine soprano sax solo, and some startlingly athletic guitar. The album's finest moments, interestingly, are also its quietest and most subdued: the nearly 16-minute "Dominata" is contemplative and texturally gorgeous, while the almost equally long title track is dark and brooding, with a violin part that gradually becomes thick with electronic textures and a laptop computer part that scatters glitches throughout the atmosphere -- then the horn section comes in. Mixed bag or not, Making Love to the Dark Ages is at least interesting, and interesting albums are not to be sniffed at these days.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2009
Label:
Livewired Music
UPC:
0884501084208
catalogNumber:
1002

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Performance Credits

Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber   Primary Artist
Mikel Banks   Harmonica
Lewis Barnes   Trumpet
Bruce Mack   Synthesizer
Jared Michael Nickerson   Electric Bass
Vernon Reid   Guitar
V. Jeffrey Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Vijay Iyer   Piano
Latasha Natasha Diggs   Vocals
Micah Gaugh   Alto Saxophone
Trevor Holder   Drums
Paula Henderson   Baritone Saxophone
Avram K. Fefer   Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jason DiMatteo   Acoustic Bass
Rene Akan   Guitar
Matana Roberts   Alto Saxophone
Shahzad Ismaily   Bass
Lisala   Vocals
Jeremiah   Vocals
David Smith   Trombone
Will Martina   Cello
Petre Radu Scafaru   Tenor Saxophone
Satch Hoyt   Flute,Percussion
Mikel Banks   Harmonica
W. Myles Reilly   Piano
Harald Kisiedu   Tenor Saxophone
Gregory S. Tate   Guitar
Ben Tyree   Guitar
Andre Lassalle   Guitar
Justice X.   Piano,Vocals
Michael Veal   Electric Bass,Sax (Sopranino)
Mazz Swift   Violin

Technical Credits

Ron Carter   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Jared Michael Nickerson   Executive Producer
Ron Croudy   Cover Art
Greg Tate   Composer
Peter Karl   Engineer
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber   Composer

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