Mushroom with Eddie Gale: Joint HappeningBy
Known for his work with Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, and Larry Young, Gale carried forward the lessons of John Coltrane (post-Ascension, Impulse!, 1965) and Miles Davis' electric years. His two long out-of-print albums Ghetto Music (Blue Note, 1968) and Black Rhythm Happening (Blue Note, 1969) were re-released on the Water label in 2003. They revealed the social consciousness of the times with its "Afro-pride" and visionary (maybe utopian) goals.
As the late 1970s turned into the 80s, artists seemed less likely to let their freak flags fly. Disco happened, and so did the conservative Wynton Marsalis years. But just as the Earth Day movement of the 1960s has returned to our consciousness with the threat of global warming, "progressive" music has also.
The disc opens with "Peace, a pastoral glide of Gale's muted trumpet against some blooming flute, and the promise of headphones-only psychedelia. The very busy centerpiece of the record is the eighteen-minute "I Was Torn Down At The Dance Place, Shaved Head At The Organ a rhythm-propelled forum for Gale's trumpet. He comes at you much like Miles at the Philharmonic Hall (Columbia, 1973). Like much of progressive music of the 1970s, and well, today, the guitar plays a strong role in the sound. Here, Tim Plowman and Erik Pearson trade off the role as foil for Gale.
Mushroom creates a catalog of freaky sounds favored by the Beastie Boys from their Check Your Head (Capitol, 1992) and Ill Communication (Capitol, 1994) records. Fuzzy organs and vintage electric piano are punched up by the driving beats of Pat Thomas. These forays into music's chimerical past are both nostalgic and very "this century" hip.
Peace; I Don't Need To Fight To Prove I'm Right - I Don't Need To Be Forgiven; I Was Torn Down At The Dance Place - Shaved Head At The Organ; Border Crossing; Selling Oakland By The Pound; Our Love; The Spirit.
Eddie Gale: trumpet; Patrick O'Hearn Thomas: drums, congas (1); Ned Doherty: bass; Matt Henry Cunitz: Mellotron, Rhodes Electric Piano, Clavinet, piano, Hammond C3, Minimoog, Yamaha Electone, Korg MS-10 synthesizer; Tim Plowman (1,2,4,6): guitar; David Brandt (1, 2, 4, 6): vibraphone, congas, djembe, percussion; Erik Pearson (3, 5, 7): guitar, flute, tenor saxophone; Dave Mihaly (3, 5, 7): marimba, percussion.
Title: Joint Happening | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Hyena Records
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