Bluiett/Jackson/Thiam: Join Us
The cornerstone of the group, Senegalese percussionist Thiam, takes the sound of BJT to a completely different level, giving new meaning to the word Afro-American. His chanting and free-form drum improvisations fit amazingly well into the overall bluesy feel of the record. Thus the sound of BJT is totally unique, unlike anything you've ever heard. While often affecting a carefree forward-looking ease, the trio occasionally pauses for moments of pensive contemplation (e.g. the Jackson composition "Ayse") as well as solo improvisations with density and depth.
Track Listing: Papa, Ayse, Is There A Problem?, Drum Millenium, A Little Calypso, Pentium II Blues, My Mother, One Night, LXO, Join Us/Get Happy.
Personnel: Hamiet Bluiett: baritone saxophone, wood flute, contra-alto clarinet, speaking voice; D.D. Jackson: acoustic piano, keyboard bass, synth, organ; Mor Thiam: djembe, vocals.
Record Label: Justin Time Records
Style: Modern Jazz