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Sonic Liberation Front: Sonic Liberation Front meets Sunny Murray

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L'incontro tra Sunny Murray e Sonic Liberation Front avviene per errore, anzi per un errore. Nel lontano 1985 il grande batterista e alfiere del free jazz cerca di contattare telefonicamente il vibrafonista Khan Jamal ma sbaglia a digitare una cifra. All'altro capo del telefono risponde Kevin Diehl, futuro leader del Sonic Liberation Front.

Nasce così un'amicizia che dura da venticinque anni e che porta alle due sedute di registrazione presentate in questo CD. I primi cinque brani (in studio) sono datati giugno 2008, i successivi tre provengono da un live del 2002 a Filadelfia, con una formazione leggermente diversa (un sax contralto si aggiunge alla front-line costituita da sax tenore e tromba).

Il vero motore del Sonic Liberation Front è il reparto percussivo: due batterie e tre specialisti del bata, strumento per eccellenza della cultura Yoruba ed elemento caratteristico della musica cubana. L'ensemble guidato da Diehl propone una miscela esplosiva di poliritmi afrocubani e free jazz che non è solamente unione di culture e visioni musicali differenti ma reciproca, osmotica interazione.

Spesso le parti si invertono, il tappeto ritmico diventa flusso melodico mentre il deflagrare dei fiati alimenta una giungla di grida e di suoni impressionante. Assai interessante il ruolo di Sunny Murray che si mette al servizio della musica trasformandosi, con i suoi piatti e i suoi tamburi, in una sorta di battitore libero. Prevedibilmente più selvaggia, a tratti caotica, risulta la parte dal vivo, più lirica, equilibrata nelle parti, con una maggior valorizzazione delle singole componenti, quella in studio.


Personnel: In # 1,2,3,4,5: Sunny Murray (batteria); Kevin Diehl (batteria, bata); Chuck Joseph (bata); Okomfo Adwoa Tacheampong (bata); Shawn Hennessy (bata); Matt Engle (basso; Terry Lawson (sax tenore); Todd Margasak (cornetta); in # 6,7,8 :Sunny Murray (batteria); Kevin Diehl (batteria, percussioni); Chuck Joseph (Iya, conga); Nichola Rivera – Itotele, Conga; Joey Toledo – Okonkolo, Perc.; Terry Lawson (sax tenore); Adam Jenkins (sax alto); Kimbal Brown (tromba); Fahir Kendall (basso).

Title: Sonic Liberation Front meets Sunny Murray | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: High Two Recordings

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