east American to the west African coast
travel to the living tree for Andrew Cyrille and his Quintet
A vital and very much underrated percussionist and bandleader, Cyrille, of Haitian descent,
always brings a sense of the Motherland to his music,
whether exploring free landscapes, or structured outings like most on this date.
Apropos this was recorded in Dakar, Senegal during an African sojourn.
The band is a robust assemblage of David Murray on tenor sax and bass clarinet,
Oliver Lake on alto sax, keyboardist Adegoke Steve Colson, bassist Fred Hopkins
and guest Senegalese percussionist Mor Thiam on two tracks.
There is a feeling of Trane meets Sun Ra at the corner of Murray & Lake on this date
as the spirits of those two grand masters are in the air.
The session invocation is a Cyrille percussion duet with Thiam,
and the two close with the benediction "Water, Water, Water."
In between the Trane roars down the tracks courtesy
of the "Acknowledgment" and "Resolution" sections of "A Love Supreme,"
and swinging business is dealt with on J.C.'s "Mr. P.C."
The title track invokes the spirit of Ra, made all the more resonant
by Colson's eerie use of electric keyboard.
Andrew Cyrille -drums, cymbals
David Murray-bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
Oliver Lake-alto saxophone
Adegoke Steve Colson -electric piano
Recorded 18 & 19/12/1994 at XIPPI Studio, Dakar, Senegal