202

Sarah Hommel: A Sarah Hommel Drum All

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Sarah Hommel: A Sarah Hommel Drum All Recorded at a concert performance in New York, Sarah Hommel's all-percussion ensemble has a lot to offer for the general audience. Hand drums and a standard drum set combine with vibraphone, xylophone, marimba and many other natural textures to form colorful themes, many of which use indefinite pitches. The program proves stimulating as well as rhythmically comfortable.

Hommel's central medley arrangement of three pieces by other composers sets the ensemble on fire with a collective nod to traditional Haitian and Afro-Cuban rhythms. The leader sings a gentle chant and the other band members respond with due process as they interpret Subri Moulin's "Jungle Beat, Robert Thomas' "The Whip and Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood. Dance One for Honi features four drum kits in a wide-ranging conversation that moves from one to the other with crisp clarity and a flair for rhythmic pride. They swing, too.

The ensemble honors natural rhythmic concepts that recall South African and Afro-Caribbean traditions, as well as contemporary percussion maneuvers. At times you can feel the kind of emotion that comes from the fired-up drum line of a marching band on the field. Hommel's gentle chants and down-home lyrics add a personal flavor that brings the performance even closer. As the ensemble's music ebbs and flows, its sheer variety proves adventuresome and intellectually satisfying.


Track Listing: Should I Be I Prefer Not To; It

Personnel: Sarah Hommel: drums, percussion; Bill Ware: mallets, percussion; Rich Zukor, Victor Lewis, Victor Jones: drums, percussion; Mino Cinelu: percussion.

Title: A Sarah Hommel Drum All | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read 90 Going On Amazing CD/LP/Track Review 90 Going On Amazing
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter CD/LP/Track Review Let There Be Life, Love and Laughter
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: August 21, 2017
Read L.O.T.U.S. CD/LP/Track Review L.O.T.U.S.
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Art in the Age of Automation CD/LP/Track Review Art in the Age of Automation
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 21, 2017
Read Screen Sounds CD/LP/Track Review Screen Sounds
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 20, 2017
Read "Live At Okuden" CD/LP/Track Review Live At Okuden
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: June 1, 2017
Read "Desire & Freedom" CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 14, 2016
Read "Binary" CD/LP/Track Review Binary
by John Sharpe
Published: January 21, 2017
Read "Desire & Freedom" CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Neko" CD/LP/Track Review Neko
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 25, 2017
Read "Is It Me...?" CD/LP/Track Review Is It Me...?
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 7, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.