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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Sonic Tranced ...

so, the easy thing would be to cop to the retro vibe and invoke all that Miles "Bitches Brew" voodoo on the Sonic Trance ... too easy ... just like when the moviesoldier says "it's quiet - it's too quiet out there," peeps out the foxhole and gets a 9mm lobotomy ... this is not easy ... it was easy when we first heard Nicholas was making a Soul Patrol record for warner bros. - cool - groovy soulfunk outfit straight outta New O'leans ... then, when we first heard Sonic Trance in it's uncut, unedited 80+minute glory i can't remember who said "i don't think we're in Kansas anymore" (but i do know who the Wizard is: Nicholas Payton) ... one ex-wb staffer wanted to cut it into a series of EP's (yo, crimestoppers: an EP is just a pre-pubescent record) ... a smarter wb cat, ex-Buddy Rich trumpeter, all-around mensch Dana Watson worked with Nicholas to tighten up this diamond into the whipsmart shape you now know and love as Sonic Trance ... yes, it does posses the atomic impact Miles imparted when he launched the afore-mentioned "Bitches Brew" ... for Nicholas' fan's it is perhaps the equivalent of Bob Dylan plugging in at Newport ... and where is the extra 20-ish minutes of sonic trance? languishing on the beach with Nixon's White House recording gap and John Cage's 4'33" of Silence or the sound of one hand clapping? don't know ... the sonic trance shows were too far and few between ... what a band - what a sound - what a wonderful world ... the world's busiest percussionist (redundancy) Sadownick crashing and tinkling from the syncopated elve's workshop ... Nicholas and Tim Warfield blowing insane lines over a criminally cosmic vamp by Adonis, Archer and Kinsey ... and just who samples an old joplinesque rag? Nicholas do is who ... are you getting some very arch-linear clues from titles "cannabis leaf rag", "fela", "i'm trying to swing as little as possible" ... maybe ... didn't say this was easy, chief ... what is still easy is listening to Sonic Trance ... yoga to this motherfucker ... randall kennedy

Sonic Trance EPK

Friday, November 18, 2005

AMAZING Trane ...

Like many jazz geeks, John Coltrane is one of my favorite artists. I enjoy all of his material but my favorite music comes during the period Trane recorded with his classic quartet featuring McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. All of those albums are simply magic! The music they created is profoundly deep and paramount to the forward direction of music as a whole. Like Louis, Duke and Miles, Coltrane’s music is equally valid today and is still as fresh as ever and influencing souls all around the globe.

I just received a newly transferred live recording from Impulse! Records, taken from Coltrane’s personal master tapes, that was captured at the New York City jazz spot the Half Note in 1965. This material was originally available in small circles as a low fidelity bootleg but has now been fully remastered and put into a very nice collectors package complete with liner notes, photos and quality sound. The package is titled John Coltrane "One Down, One Up - Live at the Half Note" and I highly recommend it. It is amazing music featuring amazing musicians caught at an amazing time in their tenure. Hey, what can I say other than it’s AMAZING! It is in Coltrane’s extended improvisations that you experience pure creative genius – this is deeper than jazz! His playing will leave you speechless and inspired and once you digest this material you will also say it’s AMAZING!

Below is an excerpt from the 26-minute live version of the classic “My Favorite Things” – hear Trane’s flowing saxophone blowing in ways you never heard - AMAZING!

- Joe Vella, Jazz Online

Coltrane Half Note

“I was more listening to him than trying to accompany as a drummer…it seemed like he was sitting on a mountain of ideas.” – Elvin Jones

One Down, One Up - Live at the Half Note

Disc 1 - Intro / One Down One Up / Announcement / Afro Blue
Disc 2 -Intro / Song of Praise / Announcement / My Favorite Things

The streamed audio clip is courtesy of Impulse! Records.