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Northwoods Improvisers


Label: Entropy Stereo Recordings

Format: CD

Genre: Jazz

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** 2021 Stock ** Entropy Stereo Recordings presents Branches by Northwoods Improvisers. This album represents a slightly different approach for the group. While the Northwoods have collectively used a wide variety of instruments on previous recordings, here they choose to explore the possibilities with the marimba, bass, and drum combination. The album opens with the original composition "Kuntu" which launches into a high energy 7/8 African groove. In fact, rhythms are the key to Branches. Throughout this rich music we hear a generous amount of rhythmic variation, odd time signatures, and polyrhythmic overlays. Another highlight is "Escarpment" an extended piece that draws on the group's free roots and recalls the Art Ensembles' use of sound, space and rhythm. The Northwoods offer a nod to South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) with their recording of "Ishmael" The Northwoods' treatment of "Ishmael" is as subtle and reverent as their treatment of Sun Ra's God is more than Love could ever be - Lightning Darkness

Cat. number: ESR 010
Year: 2000