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David Lee Jr.: Evolution

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La sempre straordinaria etichetta londinese Soul Jazz ripesca dall'oscurità questa gemma realizzata nel 1974 in poche centinaia di copie [etichetta autoprodotta, ovviamente, la Supernal Records] dal batterista David Lee Jr.

Originario di New Orleans, ma pienamente calato nell'atmosfera di ricerca black della Grande Mela a cavallo tra gli anni Sessanta e i Settanta [ha suonato con Roy Ayers e Lonnie Liston Smith, solo per citarne due], Lee Jr. fonde in questo Evolution i ritmi percussivi della sua città di nascita con le aspirazioni cosmic post-coltraniane.

Ne escono ipnotismi elettrici [Lee Jr. suona tutti gli strumenti tranne chitarra e basso elettrici, affidati rispettivamente a una leggenda di New Orleans come George Davis e a uno strumentista flessibile come Bob Cranshaw] e giungle timbriche che profumano vagamente di retro, ma che conservano ancora oggi una particolare intensità espressiva.

Erano altri tempi, certamente, ma vale la pena di ascoltarlo, perché i germi creativi di quegli anni sono quelli che animano ancora molto ottimo jazz.

Track Listing: 01. Revelation; 02. Spirit Voice; 3. Cosmic Vision; 04. Wymbo-Ngoma; 05. Regeneration; 06. Freedom Bells; 07. Acknowledgement; 08. Love Parable; 09. Nola Reflex; 10. Evolution; 11. Cosmopolitan; 12. Second Line March; 13. Constant Search; 14. I Want Our Love to Always Last; 15. Mystic Sound.

Personnel: David Lee Jr. (percussioni, organo, piano, vibrafono, voce); Bob Cranshaw (basso elettrico); George Davis (chitarra).

Title: Evolution | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Tovorak Records

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