Album Review

Fasteau, Kali Z. / Jordan, Kidd – “People of The Ninth ” – [Flying Note]

Thurston Hunger   10/5/2006   CD, Jazz

Getting this in the mail was like seeing an old friend show
up…trailed behind by her sonic parade of instruments! You
have got to love Kali’s unbridled quest for timbre and tone
that have her sprawled across a cello like on “Rising Winds”
darting through balafon dewdrops with a nai flute on “What
Once Was” or churning up planting rows of piano as heard on
“Concentration Dome.” Her partner for this release is tenor
Kidd Jordan, who shone earlier this year on “Palm of Soul.”
That had a serene beauty, this release is more tempestuous,
evidently born of the storm. Liner notes mention Kidd Jordan
and family weathering Hurricane Katrina, and that serving as
the focus point for this release. Joining them is Michael
T.A. Thompson on percussion (and the aforementioned balafon
on two tracks, which provides a sort of waiting feeling on
those pieces.) At other times, Fasteau and Jordan run
soprano and tenor together…recalling conflicting storm
reports…but ultimately nature wins out, Thomspon brings
thunder rolls to unite the two saxes. The track titles are
evocative on their own, “Rescue Denied” has no sign of any
snipers, just a seeswaing sound from Fasteau’s “Aquasonic”
and Jordan grieve-chirping in worry at the outset, after
some peril things work out. Fasteau also uses piano on this,
to provide calming, high-ground sound. Indeed it closes the
album with welcome “Solace.” It’s another great release from
Fasteau (she had an original ESP disk with her husband) and
Jordan at 70+ is going to outblow more storms it appears.
Full steam ahead, sing along with Mother Nature.

-Thurston Hunger

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