306

World Saxophone Quartet: Political Blues

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
World Saxophone Quartet: Political Blues Long recognized as an avant-garde fixture with creativity up the wazoo, the World Saxophone Quartet has a language all its own. Its four-part harmony flows worlds apart from the norm while its improvised antics reach right out into your soul and grab hold. The quartet's albums can usually be ranked at the top before you even take a listen because you know that emotions are going to be on fire.

As a departure from the World Saxophone Quartet's usual performance, Political Blues allows its members to communicate with a broader audience in terms that everybody can appreciate. They've incorporated the blues into their creative work in such a way that it gets right to the heart of the matter. With an augmented line-up that makes trombonist Craig Harris a full-time member of the organization, the band's sound turns around. Electric bass, hard-hitting drums and guest vocalists add considerable changes to the quartet's usual format. The WSQ has departed from its funky avant-garde position, and has entered territory usually reserved for rhythm-and-blues bands.

The personality that David Murray, Oliver Lake, Hamiet Bluiett and Jaleel Shaw issue comes from the WSQ's original roots. Intense and filled with passion, their music rocks hard. This time out, however, they've decided to communicate from a casual perspective that opens the door for pointed lyric messages and vital discourse. The world needs to wake up and listen.


Track Listing: Political Blues; Hals Blues; Mannish Boy; Lets Have Some Fun; Amazin Disgrace; Bluocracy, part 1; Bluocracy, part 2; Bluocracy, part 3; Blue Diamond;Harlem; Spy On Me Blues.

Personnel: Bluiett: baritone saxophone; David Murray: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, vocal (1); Oliver Lake: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, vocal (11); Jaleel Shaw: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone; Bruce Williams: alto saxophone, soprano saxophone (4, 11); Craig Harris: trombone, didjeridoo, vocal (6); Jeremy Pelt: trumpet (1); Herve Samb: guitar (1); James Blood Ulmer: guitar & vocals (3); Jamaaladeen Tacuma: electric bass; Lee Pearson: drums; Carolyn Amba Hawthorne: vocal (5).

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Justin Time Records | Style: Blues


Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Out & About" CD/LP/Track Review Out & About
by Doug Collette
Published: July 3, 2016
Read "Cómo Desaparecer Completamente" CD/LP/Track Review Cómo Desaparecer Completamente
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 22, 2016
Read "No White Shoes" CD/LP/Track Review No White Shoes
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 28, 2016
Read "Steeped" CD/LP/Track Review Steeped
by John Eyles
Published: October 20, 2016
Read "Montage" CD/LP/Track Review Montage
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 22, 2016
Read "The Core Trio Live, featuring Matthew Shipp" CD/LP/Track Review The Core Trio Live, featuring Matthew Shipp
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 20, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!