The immediate impact of the recording Mayan Space Station is that of a sheer out-and-out physicality presented by this music. While it is obvious the musiciansguitarist Ava Mendoza, bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaverare engaged in the nonautomatic operation of their respective musical instruments, their Herculean efforts are conspicuous. While rarely recognized, credit must be given to engineer Jim Clouse who recorded, mixed and mastered this session to center the listening experience on the band's energy.
What he captured are six compositions by William Parker for an electric guitar/bass/drums trio that draws as much from heavy rock and psychedelia as it does from the jazz and blues tradition. From the opening fire-breather "Tabasco" to the dénouement of "The Wall Tumbles Down," the most descriptive word here is scorch.
The title track may best exemplify Parker's electric guitar trio philosophy. With Cleaver laying down a chugging forward pulse, Parker first pulls handfuls of notes from his bass before applying his bow to cast dense energy fields across this nearly fifteen minutes of exuberance. All the while, Mendoza is casting psychoacoustic soundings of dynamic positiveness to the world. Rockers say "Amen." So do the psychedelic and spiritual jazzers.
Tabasco; Rocas Rojas; Domingo; Mayan Space Station; Canyons Of Light; The Wall Tumbles Down.
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