Album Review

Ibarra, Susie / Charles, Denis – “Drum Talk ” – [Wobbly Rail]

Thurston Hunger   9/4/2005   CD, Jazz

More live sounds from Wobbly Rail, this time
a perconversation. Susie Ibarra is a frequent
flyer with William Parker’s Little Huey Orch,
and also often a Matthew Shipp-mate. Sonically
she has sailed into island territory, studying
Philippine Kulintang, as well as Javanese and
Balinese Gamelan. She’s teamed here with
another island castaway, Denis Charles from
the Virgin Islands then many years in New York.
An exotic flare definitely pervades track #4,
but throughout the overriding sense is athletic
energy. Well #5 is sort of a soft shuffler, but
the rest is robust and forceful! Hard to believe
that within a few months of this Charles would
die in his sleep.

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