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Album Review

Hartmut Geerken is far from being a household name even among the most knowledgeable new music aficionados, but this important reissue should do something to elevate his status. The very talented pianist is joined here by tenor saxophonist John Tchicai and percussionist Famoudou Don Moye for an explosive and totally engaging recording. Adding three important tracks to the original LP, this recording is alternatively (and simultaneously) raw, humorous, ethnic, and virtuosic. Geerken performs on nearly 30 "instruments" in addition to the piano, including Peking opera gongs, Afghan monkey drums, shortwave radios, and mokattam pot rattles. Tchicai lives up to his potential as a free player, with some absolutely riveting blowing, while Moye fulfills his reputation as a maven of percussion, with magnificent contributions on congas, bongos, and voice. The versions of Bird's "Mohawk" and Ayler's "Mothers" are classic. The somewhat less than perfect sound quality is hardly noticed. ~ Steven A. Loewy, Rovi


Born: 23 May 1946 in Rochester, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Although he's played with many other prominent free jazz musicians, Don Moye is far and away best known for his work with the most highly acclaimed avant-garde combo of the '70s and '80s, the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Moye immediately added a more explicit rhythmic sensibility upon joining the previously drummer-less group. The band's ability to groove was greatly enhanced by his presence. Moye was capable of swinging in a conventional jazz manner, but it was his mastery of various African and Caribbean...
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Cassava Balls, Famoudou Don Moye
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1984

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