Graham Haynes

Tones for the 21st Century

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Graham Haynes' view of the future is provocatively put forth on this mostly self-contained CD, where, with the exception of an African harp and a couple of spoken voices, the sounds are made up entirely of his cornet, flugelhorn, Tibetan trumpet, keyboards, and racks of electronics. It is a peaceful vision, bordering on new age at times but also with an element of darkness rarely heard in feel-good electronic mood music. The opening track, "Millennia," is a striking piece for sampled voice, phase-shifted electronic sounds, and flugelhorn, while "Sadguru" places Haynes' flugelhorn over Indian tanpura-like electronic droning. The lengthiest piece, "Out of Phaze," is exactly what it proclaims, loaded with backwards effects whipping past us, phase shifting, portentous voices, and foggy electronic revolving motifs, ending with a brief, mellow, ghostly visit into the "Spirit World." No doubt to the dismay of some, Haynes' vision apparently excludes any place for jazz, for there is no pulse or jazz feeling in any of these tone poems. But that's beside the point, for these are intelligent, smoothly wrought pieces on their own terms.

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