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Jump in to the flow of Dennis Warren’s music any place you desire. His music, the music of the Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble (FMRJE) is a continuously flowing river of sound with (seemingly) no starting or ending points.
The drummer Dennis Warren is a disciple of Milford Graves and has studied with Cecil Taylor. His FMRJE, begun in 1989 has included jazz luminaries Raphe Malik, and Glenn Spearman. The current lineup like all others features an additional percussionist with conga player Jose Arroyo. The rhythm concentrated music is constantly propelling forward. Driving the powerful engine of Warren’s drumming. This is the music born out of the electric Miles Filmore and Agharta years, is the original jamband concept.
Warren’s prior self-produced FMRJE recordings can be found at his website and his previous label release was Watch Out! for Accurate Records.
Horizon Event is an accurate representation of what the FMRJE music is all about. The quintet sounds more like a large ensemble here filling space with powerful stroke throughout. Alto saxophonist Andy Voelker provides the out-spark throughout with engagingly spirited play.
For his part Warren keeps the motion continuously moving around. His drumming is the stuff riddilin was invented for. But lets not slow him down just yet.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.