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If the solicitation from the members of this band is to indeed Wake Up!, then their plea recorded here will agitate, and, yes, maybe even activate some. This quartet of saxophonist Daniel Carter (Test, Other Dimensions in Music), trumpeter Demian Richardson, Italian drummer Federico Ughi, and bassist David Moss apply a vibe that is equal parts electric Miles Davis, Prime Time-era Ornette Coleman, and Sun Ra street jam band.
Ughi is also the label chief for 577 Records. His free jazz sessions always project an immense energy, and it's the same here for these 16 unkempt pieces. The band formed with the same purpose as Carter's street performance band Test, to bring music to the people. The disheveled nature of this outing attests to the band's authenticity. Ughi's drum kit is just as likely to pulse funk as jazz, or swing free over Richardson's wah-wah trumpet playing.
The untreated nature of this music is its triumph. Just as 1970s electric Miles indicated that jazz could rock, and the New York Downtown scene of the 1990s proved that jazz can also be hard-core music, Wake Up! targets undigested energy. Carter can zoom the spaceways or play with quiet passion, as he does on "The Courage to Be," where he dances the graceful pirouette with Richardson, twisting gentle lines. But mostly this disc is about an arousing energy, invigorating the soul, and shaking the blues of conformity. Thankfully, the music is not overproduced, just kept in its wild state.
Track Listing: It's Wake Up! Time; The Queen; Wake Up Call, The Time Has Come; Aiming to All Voices; I
Wanna Eat You; Joy for Now; Love Before the Scared Dawn; One Way; Laid Back; Disco Days;
Strange Up; Super Chicken; Get Ready; Resisting in Space; Bliss Between the Cracks; The
Courage to Be.
Personnel: Demian Richardson: trumpet; Federico Ughi: drums; David Moss: bass; Daniel Carter:
Year Released: 2010
| Record Label: Self Produced
| Style: Modern Jazz
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com