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Graham Haynes' view of the future is provocatively put forth on this mostly self-contained CD, where, with the exception of an African harp and a couple of spoken voices, the sounds are made up entirely of his cornet, flugelhorn, Tibetan trumpet, keyboards, and racks of electronics. It is a peaceful vision, bordering on new age at times but also with an element of darkness rarely heard in feel-good electronic mood music. The opening track, "Millennia," is a striking piece for sampled voice, phase-shifted electronic sounds, and flugelhorn, while "Sadguru" places Haynes' flugelhorn over Indian tanpura-like electronic droning. The lengthiest piece, "Out of Phaze," is exactly what it proclaims, loaded with backwards effects whipping past us, phase shifting, portentous voices, and foggy electronic revolving motifs, ending with a brief, mellow, ghostly visit into the "Spirit World." No doubt to the dismay of some, Haynes' vision apparently excludes any place for jazz, for there is no pulse or jazz feeling in any of these tone poems. But that's beside the point, for these are intelligent, smoothly wrought pieces on their own terms. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi


Born: September, 1960 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The son of drummer Roy Haynes, Graham Haynes grew up around jazz musicians; his Hollis, Queens, neighborhood was also home to Roy Eldridge, Milt Jackson, and Jaki Byard. The younger Haynes played in the same high-school band as bassist Marcus Miller. In 1982, he began an association with saxophonist Steve Coleman; he played on the latter's 1985 debut recording, Motherland Pulse, an album that also featured a young Geri Allen. Haynes' work occasionally hints at an experimental nature, but too often...
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Tones for the 21st Century, Graham Haynes
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  • $17.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock
  • Released: 1996

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