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    Pyramids, The – “Lalibela” – [Ikef]

    The Pyramids Lalibela

    Combing Rasputin’s in Berkeley, I spotted this (and one
    other) Pyramid reissue and flew across the aisles and decades
    to nab ’em both. Super 70’s spirit music, Afrosoul infused
    jazz. Performance as ritual, art as a communal creation.
    Teeming with timeless handheld percussion, choruses rise
    up out of the celebration, this is insanely good as expected.
    On the previously added “Birth/Speed/Merging”, I name-checked
    Brother Ah, and sure enough Ikef Records is doing the honors
    this time around, with a release that was actually the bands
    initial offering. The album name comes from a 13th century
    Ethiopian King and the town that still bears his name. The
    town has churches carved out of granite, so the music too has
    that deep permanence, and creates a space for worship.
    Evidently Irdissa (as he’s listed here) Ackamoor visited
    there along with his then wife, Margo. Her flute ignites
    the title track early on. That stretches right around the
    vinyl, but both long pieces here go through many phases
    (you can spot the bands in the vinyl, ah vinyl) and can be
    excerpted theoretically for radio. The only trouble is they
    are so transfixingly good, I suspect many will just let them
    ride. On “Indigo” a bass line really pushes the Ethiopian drums
    out onto the dance floor. The freedom of the music is fantastic
    but the composed moments too, check out the grace of the intro
    for “Lalibela”, those moments have another sort of power.
    Do not miss, and here’s to more new groups drinking heartily
    from the sonic oasis that the Pyramids thrived upon.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 10, 2011 at 10:18 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
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