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Earth People: Now is Rising

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Earth People: Now is Rising It's time to welcome another offering from Earth People, one of the most innovative and exciting groups on today's avant-garde scene. The group excels once again with the absolutely fresh Now is Rising, a soulful amalgam of sound that showcases its versatility and formidable gifts. This incarnation includes Andre Martinez on drums and percussion, Jason Candler on alto sax and guitar, Doug Principato on guitar, vocals and keyboards, Francois Grillot on contrabass, Mark Hennen on piano, Sabir Mateen on alto, tenor and alto clarinet, Elliott Levin on flute, tenor sax and vocals, Firehorse on electronics, Ricardo Solis on congas, and M on vocals.

Earth People are renowned for their beautifully intense jams, but on Now is Rising the songs are shorter, allowing the group to display an amazing range. The CD starts out with "Red Clay," a funky melodic outpouring with a mesmerizing groove by Grillot, Levin's boiling sax, and M's impassioned vocals. Then "Small Distraction Mass Confusion" brings in an entirely different spirit, a free jazz jam where Mateen's fluid sax builds into a fiery solo without brakes. The next tune, "Now is Rising," is a joyfully wild spoken word performance by Principato and Levin, as well as chanting from the entire band.

Then the group shifts to "M Train Samba," a delightful short piece bursting with Solis' congas and Hennen's high energy piano. Next is "Time to Vote!," another spoken word by M. The song features electronics, a vampy piano and Levin cooking on sax, creating an absolutely contemporary protest against the current out-of-control political climate. The sixth tune, "Sweet Peas," invokes Monk as well as the Blue Note sound, with Grillot setting up a rock-solid groove and Mateen swinging light and loose. The CD closes with the unabashedly hard rocking "Draft Dodger." The song gets wild and woolly, mixing in electronic squiggles and rollicking solos.

What a CD! You never know where the music is going next, which is part of the enjoyment. Yet Now is Rising is not the least bit incoherent—what holds the CD together is the group's open-hearted spirit and courage, as well as its intention to create honest, passionate music. In this era of war and strife, Earth People stand as a shining example of the beauty and harmony human beings are capable of creating.


Track Listing: Red Clay; Small Distraction Mass Confusion; Now is Rising; M Train Samba; Time to Vote!; Sweet Peas; Draft Dodger.

Personnel: Andre Martinez: drums, steel drum, cocktail set, percussion; Jason Candler: alto saxophone, guitar; Doug Principato: guitar, vocals, keyboards; Francois Grillot: contrabass; Mark Hennen: piano; Sabir Mateen: alto and tenor saxophones, alto clarinet; Elliot Levin: flute, tenor saxophone, vocals; Firehorse: electronics; Ricardo Solis: congas; M: vocals.

Title: Now is Rising | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Self Produced


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