Kip Hanrahan

Shadow Nights, Vol. 1

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Lest anyone miss the point that the albums that comprise Kip Hanrahan's A Thousand Nights and a Night series are all of one piece, this installment, volume two, picks up at literally the moment where the previous album ended. Volume one's closing fade out is indeed the same lovely Steve Swallow bass solo that opens the present work. The same elements present in volume one are at work here: half spoken, half sung narrations loosely based on the Thousand and One Nights over dense rhythmic structures and deft instrumental breaks, most notably from pianist Don Pullen. Kip Hanrahan calls this album a Shadow Night, meaning that it recounts alternate versions of the stories told in its predecessor. A Thousand Nights and a Night's greatest strength lies in the depth that it adds to what preceded it. Its principal frustration is that, true to its intended purpose, it sounds more like a long excerpt than a completed work.

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