Spirits

Spirits

by Native Vibe
     
 
The son of missionaries who spent the first ten years of his life in Zaire, guitarist Bill Macpherson applies the African rhythms of his early childhood to a tight, punchy Metheny-esque electric guitar sound to create -- with Ghana born bassist Nee Sackey -- a native vibe that is part worldbeat fusion, part smooth jazz. While a lot of today's

Overview

The son of missionaries who spent the first ten years of his life in Zaire, guitarist Bill Macpherson applies the African rhythms of his early childhood to a tight, punchy Metheny-esque electric guitar sound to create -- with Ghana born bassist Nee Sackey -- a native vibe that is part worldbeat fusion, part smooth jazz. While a lot of today's African-based instrumental music is the purely happy go lucky, Paul Simon Graceland variety, this tandem wisely adds darker moods to its repertoire. So while the overall feel of "Bamboo Spirit" is bouncy and loping, they make sure to texture that joy with the shadowy blues harmony of keyboardist Dave Curtis. "Lay it Down" similarly balances Sackey's cool funk rhythms and Macpherson's happy and folksy melody with Steve Weingart's Fender Rhodes and organ solos. Macpherson does some fancy wah-wah type clicking over Weingart's sly melody-harmony switchoffs between the two retro keyboard sounds. Macpherson goes further into introspection on "So Serene She Sleeps," which features wafting, choir-like vocals and the gently dueling basses of Sackey and album producer (and famed Yellowjacket) Jimmy Haslip. While there's no doubt that Haslip's sense of traditional jazz moods helped create the generally laid-back atmosphere on this album, he lets the duo loose on more joyous expressions like "Scent," on which Macpherson's lead melody rocks hard over a thick urban groove and percussion synth horn accents. Hardcore African music lovers will enjoy the lengthy tribal percussion/chant duet which rings in the experimental final track, "Spirit of the Vibe."

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/1999
Label:
Domo Records
UPC:
0724384734527
catalogNumber:
47345

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Performance Credits

Native Vibe   Primary Artist
Dave Curtis   Keyboards
Marilyn Scott   Vocals
Jimmy Haslip   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
William Kennedy   Drums
Bill MacPherson   Guitar
John Nau   Keyboards
Sapphron Obois   Soprano Saxophone
Allan Phillips   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Aurell Ray   Acoustic Guitar
Nee Sackey   Bass,Vocals
Steve Weingarten   Organ,Keyboards
Rich Breen   Keyboards
Marcel Adjibi   Percussion,Vocals
Stephen Smith   Keyboards
Martin Flores   Drums
Jason Hann   Percussion
Joe T. Vannelli   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Yellowjackets   Producer
Dave Curtis   Sequencing Programmer
Nee Sackey   Contributor
Native Vibe   Contributor
Joe T. Vannelli   Sequencing Programmer

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