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    Malachi Thompson and Africa Brass “Blue Jazz” [Delmark]

    Malachi Thompson is 30 years down the AACM/Chicago
    railroad tracks. This album kicks off with an “And the
    Grammy goes to…” solid but glossy vibe. But along
    comes “Genesis/Rebirth” the closer to Thompson’s Black
    Metropolis Suite. The sweet toe-tappin’ evaporates,
    and a heart-stoppin’ composition rises like a new sun
    in an old sky. Slight flamenco flares arc off Harrison
    Bankhead’s bass; the Africa Brass octet which earlier
    were turning on dimes, polishing the bop now construct
    a slow monolith for Steve Berry to ponder over…until
    there’s these crazy feudal/futuristic fanfare. Then
    saxist Ari Brown gets a chance to wail on this triumph
    of a track. That heaviness keeps a rolling into the
    thick bluesy Louis Armstrong triptych tribute. Dee
    Alexander starts that on the dark side of the moan,
    it then jumps a train and ends as a playful talking
    blues against Berry and Brown, now on clarinet. Read
    the booklet’s understory arguing against divisions of
    blues versus jazz in words, the best argument is the
    music… Ends up in fun at the “Mudhole.”

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on December 3, 2003 at 4:20 pm
  • Filed as CD,Format,Jazz
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