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Titan vs. Sphinx by Charlie Apicella

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Album Title: Destiny Calling
Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2023


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About the Album

New York guitarist Charlie Apicella's musical voice runs historically deep, with his seven recordings to date highly focused on celebrating the elders of jazz, R&B, and the Blues. His band, Iron City, has been with him the whole way, providing a base context for all of his projects. With 'Destiny Calling,' this hard bop rhythm section drives headlong into the future as the elder masters of The Griots Speak draw from a lifetime of experience in communication with the ancestors. Trail blazing percussionist Juma Sultan formed the Griots with saxophonist Daniel Carter, bassist William Parker and Apicella to help celebrate a patriarch of New York's '60's loft scene. Simultaneously fluid, extroverted, light, confrontational, and meditative, their music is poetry in motion. They create spontaneously, as they move between instruments, including a variety of indigenous instruments which convey a pan-ancestral tapestry at the core of their sound. For Apicella, it's the realization of lessons learned through his studies with Yusef Lateef and the opportunity to further amplify the legacy.

Song Listing

As the Sun Rises; Titan vs. Sphinx; Juma's Song / Maliki Melasha; We're All Here in Spirit; It's Alright to Run; I Heard in Passing; If You Know Where to Look; Where Do You Find These People?; Sparks.


Additional Personnel

Daniel Carter: flute, clarinet, trumpet, piano; Charlie Apicella: madal drum, Tibetan singing bowls; William Parker: doson ngoni, gralla, gembiri, pocket trumpet; Brad Whiteley, organ.


Date featured

June 6, 2023

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