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    Sharrock/Oki/Rechtern/Zinman/Sato/Rosilio – “No Is No (Don’t Fuck Around With Your Women)” – [Improvising Beings]

    2014 cross continental collaboration, recorded in France.
    Calling them a sextet, while true feels a little risky
    based on the title. Linda Sharrock divorced from Sonny
    in 1978 (he died in 1994) was once mouth and muse
    with that great guitarist, (among others, their
    exploration of “Black is the Color of My True Love’s
    Hair” remains ear-rasing) but we find her avant-garden
    kept on growing independent of him. Even now despite
    being stricken by stroke, am I wrong to read her
    prominent moany, deep-tone vocals as a struggle against
    pain and other impingements? She always had a baritone
    weight to her voice, but this sounds heavier. Against
    her ballast, Eric Zinman’s piano often aims for the
    stratosphere. Bluesy dances, working high on the 88.
    Itaru Oki on trumpet and flugelhorn, has a nice
    stretch 15 minutes in on the studio disk 1. Mostly
    the band is improvising at full blender speed. 35 minutes
    in on disk 1, dramatic piano, smoldering sax from Mario
    Rechtern and some clip-clopping (is it drummer Makoto
    Sato….or Linda or ???) makes for a nice calm point.
    Yoram Rosilio starts tapping up the tension on his bass.
    This leads to a sonic sense of triumph from all six.
    But there only getting warmed up. There’s a funky little
    silence and coda at the end of that disk. Disk 2
    is a live rendition, where Linda is less up front but
    still plenty vocal, the horn play reigns supreme on
    thise, and again a silence then coda this time where
    the title comes from, F-bomb included. Linda sounds
    happy and joyful during that exchange, exorcising
    demons early has got to be good for the body and soul.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on December 3, 2015 at 6:23 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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