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Young, Roland P. – “Isophonic Boogie Woogie ” – [Em Records]

With each listen I grow more and more enamored with this
re-release on Em. And I’m up to like twenty listens. This may
just reinstate the words “Boogie Woogie” into the lexicon of
cool. It starts with a mic’d up Kalimba that is the essence
of the most soulful jazz (don’t ask me, ask Kahiil El’Zabar
or Philip Cohran). But Roland also plugs in an electric bass
clarinet and takes it underwater without getting shocked.
Check out “Velvet Dream” especially, but also “Row Land.”
Reading up on his life, Young has done some cool things
including DJing at KSAN and getting kicked off the air for
political comments in 1969. But this release stands all by
itself, and embodies what he states at his web site today;
it exposes the “fallacy of strict musical categories.” You
bet, soulful jazz, avant exploration, washes of ambience it
is all here. Just a tremendous re-release from a likewise
tremendous label. My theory on Em Records is that the one
thread that connects their releases is that they could
vaguely be connected to “new age”, talk about revitalizing
a dead phrase. Boogie Woogie on Em, and roll on Roland!

-Thurston Hunger

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  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 21, 2006 at 3:07 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
  • 1 comment

  • One Comment


    Thank you so much for the kind words. I am very glad that you are enjoying my music. I sent you my just released CD,ISOPHONIC NATION. Music for Native American flute, bass clarinet, voice and electronic accoutrements. I hope that you enjoy it.


  • Comment by Roland P. Young, October 25th, 2006 5:33 pm

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