This collective of 20+ musicians was formed shortly after a post-9/11 concert called ‘Our Cry For Peace? put together by Carlos Nino (Ammoncontact, Hu Vibrational) and Dwight Trible (Pharoah Sanders Quintet).
They are called Build An Ark and their mission is to inspire peace and love throughout the world. Okay, so they failed at that. But how is the music?
Very good with a definite seventies-feel, unpretentious, earnest, freewheeling. Soulful jazz loaded up with African rhythms and influences. A sunny afternoon jam session among friends. It starts with a life-affirming cover of Pharoah Sanders‘s You Gotta Have Freedom and continues in that vein for an hour. The album is dedicated to Sun Ra and everyone who played in Arkestra to give you a further idea of the musical inspiration.
If you can handle lyrics like ‘put down your gun and pick up your baby? and ‘swallow your mushroom cloud? then this CD is for you. I like uplifting music, but maybe not this uplifting. After listening to a few songs, you will think twice before stomping to death a defenseless hippie.