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by John Sharpe
In spite of a more than three decades on the New York City front line, saxophonist Andrew Lamb remains something of an unknown quantity. Over that time he has amassed only eight leadership dates, the majority on small independent labels. To that total can be added Rhapsody In Black, a live blowing session from 2008 which feels as if it could have been recorded any time since the late '70s. Indeed, Lamb imbues his sound with the spirituality of late ...read more
by Terrell Kent Holmes
Andre Lamb/Warren Smith The Dogon Duo Engine Studios 2005
Multi-reedist Andrew Lamb teams up with percussionist Warren Smith to form the Dogon Duo, whose self-titled disc is comprised of sources influenced by various types of world music that resonate in the spirit. The first song, Shanty House, announces the duo's bare bones approach, with Lamb's visceral tenor declamations interlocking with Smith's drum thrashing. Mirage, a tune with strong Native American overtones, features Lamb on ...read more
by Derek Taylor
Woe be to those musicians who don’t toe the line and submit to commercial pressures. A professional life of obscurity and hardship awaits thee. Andrew Lamb knows first hand. His debut on Delmark, now nearly a decade old, sank like a critical stone despite its deserved stature as a body of creative music worth hearing. What went down for Lamb in the interim is unclear, but this sophomore exercise on CIMP gleams like a beacon to all those who missed ...read more