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Album Review

Drummer Pheeroan AkLaff utilizes an all-star cast comprised of tenor-saxophonist John Stubblefield, altoist Carlos Ward, guitarist Sonny Sharrock and bassist Kenny Davis for this set of generally intense improvisations. There is an unfinished quality about the avant-garde music with the individual solos being much stronger than the somewhat forgettable melodies, and Sharrock's explosive guitar is greatly underutilized. The brief playing time of the CD (38 1/2 minutes) is also unfortunate but overall the set has many moments of interest. The two longest pieces are highlights: "Bit Her" (which uses a funky pattern and has melody statements between the solos) and "Serious" (its fast pulse by the bass and drums contrasts with the long tones of the horns). Worth checking out.


Born: 1955 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Jazz

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

A versatile drummer who has mostly been associated with the avant-garde, Pheeroan akLaff has appeared with some of the more adventurous musicians in jazz of the past 20 years. Early on, he played with Jay Hoggard (1975) and then in New Haven, CT, with Leo Smith's New Dalta Ahkri. In addition to a longtime association with altoist Oliver Lake (including work with the reggae group Jump Up), akLaff has worked with Henry Threadgill's Sextet, New Air (where he replaced Steve McCall for Air's last couple...
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