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Frank Lacy: That Which Is Planted (2014)

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Frank Lacy: That Which Is Planted The real reason the revolution will not be televised (with apologies to Gil Scott-Heron
Gil Scott-Heron
Gil Scott-Heron
1949 - 2011
vocalist
) is that the sound of the revolution is free jazz. While those street fighting men are satisfied to throw rock music up against the wall, the real uprising is music of bands like 1032K. With roots in the streets and lofts of the 1960s and 70s, trombonist/trumpeter Ku-umba Frank Lacy
Frank Lacy
Frank Lacy
b.1959
trombone
, bassist Kevin Ray, and drummer Andrew Drury
Andrew Drury
Andrew Drury
b.1964
drums
interpret the sounds of Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers
Sam Rivers
1923 - 2011
sax, tenor
, Roswell Rudd
Roswell Rudd
Roswell Rudd
b.1935
trombone
, Henry Threadgill
Henry Threadgill
Henry Threadgill
b.1944
reeds
, and Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix
Jimi Hendrix
1942 - 1970
guitar, electric
.

Their method is best encapsulated in the opening track "Ghosts" by Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
1936 - 1970
sax, tenor
. A song so simple children dance to it, the anthem is all-at-once a throwback to the brass bands of New Orleans, a nursery rhyme, and coup d'état of avant-garde sound. Lacy doubles his signature talking/singing trombone with his flumpet, a combination trumpet and flugelhorn. The trio's interpretation mines the Ayler tune for its gospel roots and unremitting exuberance.

Lacy's playing, be it with Art Blakey
Art Blakey
Art Blakey
1919 - 1990
drums
, Julius Hemphill
Julius Hemphill
Julius Hemphill
1938 - 1995
sax, alto
, or as the face of the Mingus Big Band
Mingus Big Band
Mingus Big Band

band/orchestra
, is always passionate and fevered. Together with Drury, who can be heard with the likes of Chris Speed
Chris Speed
Chris Speed

saxophone
, Myra Melford
Myra Melford
Myra Melford
b.1957
piano
, and Ingrid Laubrock
Ingrid Laubrock
Ingrid Laubrock
b.1970
saxophone
and bassist Ray, a student of Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill
1937 - 2007
piano
, the music becomes gospel. They cover Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
1922 - 1979
bass, acoustic
' "Ecclusiastics" with Lacy's spoken word intro taken from the Bible. Not only does he preach the word, he plays with an evangelical touch. The music links the Sanctified Church with the New Thing in jazz, a movement often mischaracterized as seditious. 1032K's covers, like those of Threadgill's Latin-themes, "Midnight Sun" and Steve McCall
Steve McCall
b.1933
's "BK," actually draw the sound of revolution back into the clubs and dance halls. Drury's extended drum technique fits nicely into the program, with Ray providing a rock-solid pulse. Lacy's passion is on full display here. Let's hope there is more to come.


Track Listing: Ghosts; Give It Some Thought; Ecclusiastics Intro.; Ecclusiastics; BK; Midnight Sun.

Personnel: Ku-umba Frank Lacy: trombone, flumpet, voice, percussion; Kevin Ray: bass; Andrew Drury: drums, percussion.

Record Label: Passin' Thru Records

Style: Modern Jazz


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