Conjure: Music for the Texts of Ishmael Reed

Conjure: Music for the Texts of Ishmael Reed


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Essentially the brainchild of Kip Hanrahan, the loose-knit group known as Conjure brings to bear all the elements that he had fused so successfully in the various projects released under his own name: avant-garde jazz, Latin (especially Afro-Cuban) rhythms, and a deep, funky blues sensibility. Here, using texts from the contemporary author Ishmael Reed, he distributes the composing duties to everyone from Lester Bowie to Taj Mahal to Allen Toussaint, mixes a heady instrumental gumbo, and allows things to percolate to a fine boil. The cast of musicians is certainly of all-star quality, but special mention should be made of trumpeter Olu Dara for some heart-rendingly beautiful playing, Taj Mahal for his wonderful, raspy vocal delivery, and the entire cast of percussionists, astounding in their diversity of attacks. The pieces tend toward relaxed pop forms with vocals and approachable structures but always sporting a sharply honed edge, both in their musical form and in the pointed lyrical observations that are philosophical while retaining street-level grit. As on other Hanrahan productions, there are several pieces (like Bowie's "Fool-Ology") which might be popular hits in a more benevolent universe. Highly recommended for all listeners.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/1995
Label: American Clave
UPC: 0753607100627
catalogNumber: 1006
Rank: 112413

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Performance Credits

Taj Mahal   Dobro,Guitar,Conductor,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Voices
Carla Bley   Conductor
Lester Bowie   Trumpet,Conductor,Vocals,Voices
Kip Hanrahan   Percussion,Conductor,Conga,Multi Instruments,Background Music
Billy Hart   Drums
Kenny Kirkland   Piano
Ishmael Reed   Vocals,Voices
Steve Swallow   Bass,Piano,Electric Bass,Conductor
Jean-Paul Bourelly   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Arto Lindsay   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Milton Cardona   Organ,Percussion,Conga,Quinto
Olu Dara   Trumpet
David Murray   Conductor,Tenor Saxophone
Frisner Augustin   Percussion,Conga,Stick,Quinto
Sal Cuevas   Bass,Electric Bass
Molly Farley   Vocals,Voices
Andy González   Bass
Jamaaladeen Tacuma   Electric Bass
Olufemi Claudette Mitchell   Percussion,Chekere
Elysee Pyronneau   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Orlando "Puntilla" Rios   Percussion,Conga,Bells,Claves,Quinto
Peter Scherer   Piano
Allen Toussaint   Organ,Piano,Conductor
Robert Jason   Vocals,Voices
Don Jay   Vocals,Voices
Carman Moore   Conductor
Brenda Norton   Vocals,Voices
Ejaye Tracey   Bass,Vocals,Voices

Technical Credits

Kip Hanrahan   Director,Producer,Concept
Olufemi Claudette Mitchell   Contributor
Don Palmer   Liner Notes
Frank Rodriguez   Engineer
Scott Marcus   Executive Producer
Fred Goodman   Critic
David F. Rodriguez   Engineer
David Rodriguez   Engineer

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