126

8 Bold Souls: Last IOption

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
8 Bold Souls: Last IOption Maybe the time is right for creative music. I’m not going to say “jazz music” because I’ll scare a quarter of the readers and 98% of record buyers away. But with this release on Thrill Jockey, an alternative electronic/pop/rock/punk label, creative music may just find its audience. Today’s creative music listener might stack Hip-Hop next to Ennio Morricone, Les Baxter, and John Zorn’s Masada. The modern discriminating listener is motivated more by musicianship than anarchy. Essentially that was the credo of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) founded in the 1960s. Artists such as Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Lester Bowie and Fred Anderson began a Chicago tradition of creative music, which had fellow musician’s respect but not a national audience.

Enter Edward Wilkerson, Jr. a second generation AACM member and founder of 8 Bold Souls. His concept parallels fellow AACM artist Henry Threadgill’s Very Very Circus band with its odd instrumentation that favors the bottom end. 8 Bold Soul features bass, cello, tuba, and trombone. But Wilkerson’s writing never muddies or gets stuck in this sound because he can easily shift from New Orleans to uptown Ellington. Recorded old school, in one big room without amplification, required the musicians to take into account the group’s ‘sound’ and to allow plenty of space to individual parts and improvisation. This crispness of sound might have come from Wilkerson’s prior work with Kahil El’Zabar’s percussion band, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble. Mwata Bowden’s baritone sax coupled with the magnificent cello of Naomi Millender and Harrison Bankhead’s bass make for ponderous music. The band favors odd time signatures to showcase its instruments and compositions. From a funeral dirge to the circus-like, the creative octet fourth recording is getting noticed by all the right listeners.

Track List:Odyssey; Third One Smiles; Last Option; The Art Of Tea; Pachinko; Gang Of Four; Brown Town.


Personnel: Harrison Bankhead

Title: Last IOption | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Thrill Jockey


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Birdhoused CD/LP/Track Review Birdhoused
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 22, 2017
Read Vol. 1 CD/LP/Track Review Vol. 1
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 22, 2017
Read Meeting My Shadow CD/LP/Track Review Meeting My Shadow
by James Nadal
Published: July 22, 2017
Read No Secrets No Lies CD/LP/Track Review No Secrets No Lies
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 22, 2017
Read 50 CD/LP/Track Review 50
by Doug Collette
Published: July 22, 2017
Read Day After Day CD/LP/Track Review Day After Day
by John Eyles
Published: July 21, 2017
Read "Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn" CD/LP/Track Review Loving You: Celebrating Shirley Horn
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 15, 2017
Read "We Live Here" CD/LP/Track Review We Live Here
by Geno Thackara
Published: January 18, 2017
Read "Akua's Dance" CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: April 19, 2017
Read "Flying Machines" CD/LP/Track Review Flying Machines
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 29, 2016
Read "Noumenon" CD/LP/Track Review Noumenon
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 23, 2016
Read "Astoria Roots Live" CD/LP/Track Review Astoria Roots Live
by James Nadal
Published: May 17, 2017

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!