Jodoji Brightness

Jodoji Brightness

by Peter Apfelbaum & The Hieroglyphics Ensemble


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Jodoji Brightness

On its second album, saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum's worldbeat big band slips a bit from the tightrope it had walked successfully on its debut, teetering away from the genuinely attractive global jazz-fusion of the first album and toward the self-indulgent and overly impressionistic exoticism that lesser bands have already explored fully. In other words, as interesting as most of these compositions are in theory (highlife morphs into reggae segues into mbaqanga, all with brainy horn charts), they tend to be pretty tedious in practice. At the core of "The Glow" is the idea of heavy metal guitar on top of massed polyrhythms in the horns; cool concept, right? But as it turns out, there's nothing there: the music sits loudly in one place for five-and-a-half minutes until it stops. "Light Leaving the Spirit Bridge" (as one might infer from its title) is more of the same, as is "The Ankh." But "A las Estrellas (To the Stars)" ends things on a nicely focused and tuneful note. Jazz musicians will probably find lots to appreciate here. More casual listeners are more likely to find themselves impressed but bewildered.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/1992
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731451232022
catalogNumber: 512320

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Apfelbaum & The Hieroglyphics Ensemble   Primary Artist
Peter Apfelbaum   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Tenor Saxophone
Peck Allmond   Trumpet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Will Bernard   Guitar
Jeff Cressman   Percussion,Trombone,Bells
Rachel Durling   Violin
Stanley Franks   Guitar
Bo Freeman   Bass
Paul Hanson   Bassoon,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Buddha Robert Huffman   Conga,Gong,Vocals,Bells,Bata,Bell-tree
Josh Jones   Conga,Drums,Vocals,Timpani
Tony Jones   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Norbert Stachel   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jai Uttal   Guitar,Percussion,Harmonium,Dotar
Seku Heath   Percussion,Vocals,Bata
Deszon X. Claiborne   Percussion,Drums
Steven Bernstein   Trumpet
Joshua V Jones   Track Performer
Trumpet Ortiz   Track Performer
James Harvey   Trombone

Technical Credits

Brian Bacchus   Executive Producer
Wayne Horvitz   Producer
Cookie Marenco   Engineer
Hans Wendl   Producer
Satoru Igarashi   Art Direction

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