"Coup de Tête"
KIP HANRAHAN, JERRY GONZALEZ, DANIEL PONCE, ARTO LINDSAY, JAMAALADEEN TACUMA, ANTON FIER, CHICO FREEMAN, CARLOS WARD, IGNACIO BERROA, JOHN STUBBLEFIELD, CARLA BLEY, TEO MACERO, BILL LASWELL, BILLY BANG, LISA HERMAN, NICKY MARRERO, BYARD LANCASTER, GEORGE CARTGWRIGHT, DOM UM ROMAO, FRED FRITH, MIKE MANTLER, DAVE LIEBMAN
yellowbird-records starts off with with the releae of four CD's by Kip Hanrahan. A renowned composer, bandleader, visionary producer, and creative instigator, Hanrahan has long been known for intensely passionate music that is both tender and hard-driving, with a deep poetic edge "beautiful scars" (yeb-7704) is the first new Kip Hanrahan CD since a decade; With "coup de tete", "vertical currency" and "tenderness" we have three highlights from the american clave catalogue that have been not available for a long time are are now re-released as mid-price. Fans of forward-thinking, outernational music will no doubt be thrilled to hear that Kip Hanrahan is back !
"There is nothing quite like Mr. Hanrahan's music - a steamy blend of rhythmic and melodic tensions, drawn from musicians of different traditions (Latin, jazz, rock), yet with something very much his own."
Jason Weiss, New York Times
"The music of Hanrahan, and of the American Clavé label which he runs, is rich beyond compare."
Phil Johnson, Independent (London)
"Put succinctly, this is one of the most daring, innovative records we've heard in years... A remarkable, seamless essay on the possibilities of a world music. A milestone. The Best Record of the Year" (1981)
"Once in a blue moon, a new record will stick out, I'll play it again and again. I'll call friends with similar tastes and interests and play it for them. And once I've listened to the album a dozen times or so, all of the accumulated frustration from listening to mundane products will have somehow been eased. Kip Hanrahan's coup de tete is such an album."
Atlanta Journal / Constitution Weekend
"A record which will begin an epoch ... Remember the name: Kip Hanrahan, filled with talent, ambition, ideas..."
Le Monde, Paris