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    Big Bang, The [coll] – [Ellipsis Arts…]

    From various drums to your eardrums, stretching expansively
    from insects to ancients to jazz fusion. This came out in
    1994, with sounds spread all over time, adding it to KFJC
    in part as our MD happened across a used copy of this suave
    package (with a booklet thicker than all three discs). But
    also in part to say thanks to Ellipsis Arts (and Jeffrey
    Charno who ran it) for some lovingly compiled releases
    (two of my faves are “Gravichords, Whirlies & Pyrophones”
    and the mesmerizing memento mori “Dancing with the Dead.”)
    Like that latter release, a global perspective comes with
    the program, and as this aims to give the drummer more than
    some, the project is huge in scope. Jorge Reyes’ galloping
    clops and flying flutes nice and weird. Gamelan chimes in
    here and there, and folks with maybe more conventional rep
    like Carl Palmer, Jack DeJohnette, Richard Flatischler,
    Terry Bozzio and ummmm Mickey Hart appear alongside the
    Baka Forest People, Hestra of Chinese Central Music College
    and the LCO Soldier’s Drum. That last one is from a Wisconsin
    reservation, those wavering vox over the insistent hand
    struck drums. So powerful to me. Bernie Krause stitches
    the CDs together with opening and closing tracks, the very first
    leadoff with some Tanzanian Chimpanzees on the mic! Plenty of
    other primal primate singing/shouting/exhorting throughout.
    Ritual rhythms and celebratory sensations, with plenty of info
    in the 64-page booklet to share with listeners. Drop the laser
    anywhere but don’t drop the beat! -Thurston Hunger
    We have 14 of the Ellipsis Arts releases, they stopped back in 2005
    Charno runs guided meditations these days through mindbodysessions.com

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 15, 2016 at 7:06 pm
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