Sonic Liberation Front

Water and Stone

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Pheralyn Dove writes in the liner notes: "Just as it would be unfair to compare lovers, it would also be unfair to compare Water and Stone with any CD." It's unclear why this would be unfair. The music on this album incorporates African rhythms, free jazz, tropical beats, chanting, and some strong group and individual soloing, particularly from the horns. While the total recording time is unconscionably short, the music is of a consistently high quality. Each cut is different. The opener, "Ochun Loops," features muscular saxes against repetitive drums in a highly effective pared-down display, while "Uplink" adds call and response vocals to the mix. At times, the listener feels as though he or she is at a beach resort, though the harmonies here are much more sophisticated. The saxophones (Adam Jenkins on alto and Terry Lawson on tenor) let loose with exciting solos on "Voices," with trumpeter Kimbal Brown offering some swinging, down-home ruminations. Adam Jenkins' "Simple" is reserved for the percussionists, while "Those Who Run" sounds like a freewheeling jam, with the three horns going at it hard and fast. The final "Water and Stone" almost sums things up with elegant, African-style singing, tough drumming, and appropriately soulful sax improvisations.

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