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Oluyemi Thomas: Positive Knowledge

Read "Oluyemi Thomas: Positive Knowledge" reviewed by Martin Longley

Oluyemi Thomas, the sage-like reedman from Oakland, California, is heading to town this month and will be playing in a duo setting with New York drummer and percussionist Michael Wimberley, whom he describes as both “creative-minded and creative-spirited." It's the spiritual sphere--however this is defined, impossible to nail down--that appears to guide much of Thomas' journey. In recent times, there's been much talk of spiritual jazz as a genre unto itself and if such a musical category exists, then surely ...

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Oluyemi Thomas: Before the Beginning

Read "Before the Beginning" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Recorded live at the 2002 High Zero Festival in Baltimore, Maryland, Before the Beginning documents Oluyemi Thomas in action. Under recorded and wildly original, Thomas prowls a boundless unknown through whichever horn he blows. The program presents Thomas as the constant playing with a changing configuration of partners. The CD divides the near-continuous performance into six movements.

Opening with airy atmospherics, 'Humbled & Grateful' quickly finds Thomas' rich and reedy bass clarinet exchanging ideas with Baker's piano. Thomas ...


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