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Daniel Carter / Demian Richardson / David Moss / Federico Ughi: Wake Up! (2010)

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If the solicitation from the members of this band is to indeed Wake Up!, then their plea recorded here will agitate, and, yes, maybe even activate some. This quartet of saxophonist Daniel Carter
Daniel Carter
Daniel Carter
b.1996
sax, alto
(Test, Other Dimensions in Music), trumpeter Demian Richardson, Italian drummer Federico Ughi
Federico Ughi
Federico Ughi
b.1972
drums
, and bassist David Moss apply a vibe that is equal parts electric Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
, Prime Time-era Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
b.1930
sax, alto
, and Sun Ra
Sun Ra
Sun Ra
1914 - 1993
keyboard
street jam band.

Ughi is also the label chief for 577 Records. His free jazz sessions always project an immense energy, and it's the same here for these 16 unkempt pieces. The band formed with the same purpose as Carter's street performance band Test, to bring music to the people. The disheveled nature of this outing attests to the band's authenticity. Ughi's drum kit is just as likely to pulse funk as jazz, or swing free over Richardson's wah-wah trumpet playing.

The untreated nature of this music is its triumph. Just as 1970s electric Miles indicated that jazz could rock, and the New York Downtown scene of the 1990s proved that jazz can also be hard-core music, Wake Up! targets undigested energy. Carter can zoom the spaceways or play with quiet passion, as he does on "The Courage to Be," where he dances the graceful pirouette with Richardson, twisting gentle lines. But mostly this disc is about an arousing energy, invigorating the soul, and shaking the blues of conformity. Thankfully, the music is not overproduced, just kept in its wild state.


Track Listing: It's Wake Up! Time; The Queen; Wake Up Call, The Time Has Come; Aiming to All Voices; I Wanna Eat You; Joy for Now; Love Before the Scared Dawn; One Way; Laid Back; Disco Days; Strange Up; Super Chicken; Get Ready; Resisting in Space; Bliss Between the Cracks; The Courage to Be.

Personnel: Demian Richardson: trumpet; Federico Ughi: drums; David Moss: bass; Daniel Carter: saxophones.

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Modern Jazz


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