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Reedist Oluyemi Thomas, bassist Michael Bisio and pianist Kenn Thomas with improvising vocalist and poet Ijeoma Thomas at the 2009 Edgefest in Ann Arbor, recording these fascinating and unusual tracks.
 

Positive Knowledge (Oluyemi / Thomas / Biso / Thomas)
Edgefest Edition

Positive Knowledge (Oluyemi / Thomas / Biso / Thomas): Edgefest Edition (Not Two Records)
Label: Not Two Records    
Released in: Poland    


Reedist Oluyemi Thomas, bassist Michael Bisio and pianist Kenn Thomas with improvising vocalist and poet Ijeoma Thomas at the 2009 Edgefest in Ann Arbor, recording these fascinating and unusual tracks.



"[When] Oluyemi Thomas, the sage-like reedman from Oakland, California [...] performs, his aim is to reach up towards the ceiling, to gauge the nature of the room, in terms of its acoustics and its human inhabitants. Although he moves through a broad range of instruments, including saxophones, musette, flute and various percussion pieces, it's the bass clarinet that occupies most of his concentration. "My main and great spirit guide on the bass clarinet has been, and still is, Eric Dolphy ," he says. "His tone is so sweet, poetic, meaningful, soulful and clear. Listening to Mr. Dolphy at first made me want to find my own vocabulary system as he did, but Eric showed me it can be done emphatically. Bass clarinet and saxophone, I love them both because they both speak and sing the ancient/modern language-tunes. But the bass clarinet has that floor-of-the-ocean tone that I really adore."

No matter which performance context Thomas finds himself in, the overwhelming aura is one of invocatory ritual, in the tradition of Sun Ra, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and beyond. In his early days, Oluyemi was listening to a funkier form of jazz (this still remains so), but revelation came when the likes of Cecil Taylor, Pharoah Sanders , Archie Shepp and Ornette Coleman passed through the city. [...]"-Martin Longley, All About Jazz






Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
Unusual Vocal Forms
West Coast/Pacific US Jazz
Quartet Recordings



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Product Information:

UPC: 5907589871418

Label: Not Two Records
Catalog ID: MW 835
Squidco Product Code: 13988

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Recorded by Oluyemi Thomas at Edgefest / Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI on October 15th, 2009.

Personnel:

Oluyemi Thomas-bass clarinet, musette, soprano, percussion

Ijeoma Thomas-voice, percussion

Michael Biso-bass

Kenn Thomas-piano

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Track Listing:

1. Events AT the Edge (I) 6:02

2. Events AT the Edge (II) 5:35

3. Secrets of Preexistance 6:04

4. Of the We (II) 7:36

5. Tabernacle Revisit 7:16

6. Moving of Energy 2:01

7. Urban Lions 4:19

8. Breathing Happens On It's Own 8:53

9. Proofs (for Alan Silva) 5:19

10. Justice Inside Injustice 9:53

11. Soul Systems 4:11