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Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow
     

The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow

by Cochemea Gastelum
 
Even fans of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings might not be totally prepared to hear The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow by Dap-Kings saxophonist Cochemea Gastelum. This wide-ranging and expansive modern dance recording takes Gastelum far beyond retro rhythm & blues, or his main axe for that matter. Overdubbing a

Overview

Even fans of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings might not be totally prepared to hear The Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow by Dap-Kings saxophonist Cochemea Gastelum. This wide-ranging and expansive modern dance recording takes Gastelum far beyond retro rhythm & blues, or his main axe for that matter. Overdubbing a dizzying array of instruments including many different saxes (tenor, alto, baritone), bass clarinet, organ, Fender Rhodes, other electric keyboards, vibes, flute, percussion, and vocals, he also blows up what might be termed funk, approaching acid jazz territory while retaining original soul tendencies. He does use a rhythm section for under-the-surface rhythmic purposes, more overt on the Latin funk party song "Carlito!" His usage of electric sax definitely reminds you of Eddie Harris on an upbeat "Guardian Angel" or the soul ballad "You're So Good to Me," while the pure Stax sound is also not far removed from "No Goodbyes," combined with a Roy Ayers-influenced vibes track. There's Afro-beat melded with psychedelia, updated boogaloo, stabbing go-go sounds, and even faux strings married to hip-hop, while the title track sounds like something straight out of Austin Powers. As a concept depicting the fictitious life of Johnny Arrow, one wonders if he was a spy, movie superstar, cousin of James Brown and Isaac Hayes, slick entrepreneur, or all wrapped into one. No matter the image perception, Gastelum has made music that is danceable, timeless, ethnically tinged, and futuristic -- no mean feat in crossover commercially-driven pop culture.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/2010
Label:
Mowo Inc
UPC:
0020286153221
catalogNumber:
3210

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cochemea Gastelum   Primary Artist,Organ,Flute,Percussion,Piano,Bass Clarinet,Drums,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Electric Saxophone,Arp 2600
Justin Wallace   Bass
Mocean Worker   Bass
Chris Stillwell   Bass
Joe Russo   Drums
Eric Kalb   Drums
Keith Witty   Upright Bass
Adam Scone   Organ
Elizabeth Pupo-Walker   Conga,Cajon
Street   Guitar
Eric Biondo   Trumpet
Thomas Brenneck   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Mike Deller   Piano
Zak Najor   Drums
Brian Jordan   Guitar
Dave Guy   Trumpet
Mark Donovan   Guitar
Neil Ochoa   Percussion,Drums,Timbales
Carlito Headset   Vocals

Technical Credits

Cochemea Gastelum   Producer,Engineer,String Ensemble
Mocean Worker   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements

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