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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Clay Henry's musical collective Dark Chocolate is a kind of sophisticated drum circle, an elaborate rhythm section heading off into the unknown and taking interesting approaches to familiar styles. Many of the musicians Henry gathered for the group's first album, 2008's Island Gypsy, are back, along with some new recruits. Early on, the percussionists set up polyrhythmic patterns, over which such musicians as pianist Webber Iago and guitarist Joseph Lucido play in a free, avant-garde manner, creating unusual soundscapes. By halfway through the disc, however, the musicians begin taking on established styles. "Muffuletta," for example, has a New Orleans second-line beat,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Clay Henry's musical collective Dark Chocolate is a kind of sophisticated drum circle, an elaborate rhythm section heading off into the unknown and taking interesting approaches to familiar styles. Many of the musicians Henry gathered for the group's first album, 2008's Island Gypsy, are back, along with some new recruits. Early on, the percussionists set up polyrhythmic patterns, over which such musicians as pianist Webber Iago and guitarist Joseph Lucido play in a free, avant-garde manner, creating unusual soundscapes. By halfway through the disc, however, the musicians begin taking on established styles. "Muffuletta," for example, has a New Orleans second-line beat, while "Braziliero," as its name implies, employs a Latin rhythm. On "Your Skin Is Where I Begin," it's time for space age exotica, as singer Jane Blikert intones, "Master, I am here to serve you." And "Hip Talk," with such percussion instruments as dumbeck and tumba, is the album's Indian excursion. Dark Chocolate is more of a concept than a band, and its music features considerable spontaneity, making up in dynamics what it lacks in structure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2009
  • Label: Megawave Records
  • UPC: 603408003125
  • Catalog Number: 312
  • Sales rank: 243,690

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Walk the Garden (4:42)
  2. 2 Mirror Dance (3:49)
  3. 3 Just Hangin' (4:29)
  4. 4 Le Marais (5:30)
  5. 5 Hunk Funk (2:27)
  6. 6 Muffuletta (2:31)
  7. 7 Warm Up Your Instrument (6:25)
  8. 8 Braziliero (7:20)
  9. 9 Falling into Your Eyes (4:45)
  10. 10 Your Skin Is Where I Begin (4:16)
  11. 11 Hip Talk (3:31)
  12. 12 Hello Flower (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dark Chocolate Primary Artist
Brock Bradford Dumbek, Cajon
Clay Henry Percussion, Tumba
Aaron Stone Triangle, Percus, Trap Kit
Kim Stone Bass, 12-string Guitar, 6-string bass
Weber Iago Synthesizer, Piano
Nico Georis Synthesizer, Piano, Wurlitzer
Joseph Lucido Guitar
John Nava Percussion, Conga
Jane Blicket Vocals
Clay Henry Percussion, Tumba
Brock Bradford Dumbek
Technical Credits
Clay Henry Producer, Contributor
John Michael Palmer Remastering
Clay Henry Producer
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