427

Ahmad Mansour: Free Speech

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
Ahmad Mansour: Free Speech Iranian-American Ahmad Mansour has been stirring things as a modern jazz guitarist bent towards the edgier side. With heavy does of rock, jam-band and an attitude that shakes it all up, Free Speech is an introduction to his music in a live setting.

Recorded in Europe in 2006, the recording finds Mansour in a power trio with longtime associates, bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Ted Poor, both dynamic musicians who have recorded with jazz artists including trumpeter Cuong Vu's Vu-Tet, ArtistShare (2008) group.

The Mansour gig finds the trio bringing the crowd some free-spirited progressive rock, opening with the title track, which includes a funky vamp that builds in intensity. They take their time and work the groove, Mansour interjecting funky riffs, and subtle sound effects, later escalating into some freeform jamming and a psychedelic crescendo.

Mansour shows his tasty fret-board abilities—bringing to mind guitar wiz Mark Knopfler of 1970s British rock group, Dire Straits—with clean, nimble, and lightning quick licks that are most prominent on "Modulator, as the guitarist solos fluently with tinges of Jimi Hendrix and country-billy rock.

One criticism is that Takeishi and Poor aren't given more isolated solo time. But all might be forgiven when listening to the piece de resistance, "Nebula, where Takeishi lays down a sweet/funky bass loop that allows Mansour and Poor to stretch out with their own creative ideas. Things slow down on the mellifluous "Rule and Divide and close with the hard-hitting "Out on a Limb as Mansour's Strat grinds, Takeishi's fretless bass thumps and Poor provides the nasty back-beat. Who says jazz musicians can't rock? Apparently, Ahmad Mansour didn't get that memo.

Track Listing: Free Speech; Happenstance; Modulator; Nebula; Rule and Divide; Out on a Limb.

Personnel: Ahmad Mansour: guitar; Stomu Takeishi: 5 string electric fretless bass, loops; Ted Poor: drums.

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: ESC Records | Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock


Shop

More Articles

Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Troy Dostert
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Reflections CD/LP/Track Review Reflections
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Back In Your Own Backyard CD/LP/Track Review Back In Your Own Backyard
by Budd Kopman
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin' CD/LP/Track Review Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin'
by Chris Mosey
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Through The Glass CD/LP/Track Review Through The Glass
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Circles CD/LP/Track Review Circles
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 24, 2017
Read "Connection" CD/LP/Track Review Connection
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 11, 2016
Read "La Chanson Francaise" CD/LP/Track Review La Chanson Francaise
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 12, 2016
Read "New York Connections" CD/LP/Track Review New York Connections
by David A. Orthmann
Published: September 18, 2016
Read "New Jazz Standards, Volume 2" CD/LP/Track Review New Jazz Standards, Volume 2
by Jack Bowers
Published: January 8, 2017
Read "December Songs" CD/LP/Track Review December Songs
by Geno Thackara
Published: December 16, 2016
Read "Blues Revival" CD/LP/Track Review Blues Revival
by James Nadal
Published: August 18, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!