JACK BRUCE, KIP HANRAHAN, STEVE SWALLOW, MILTON CARDONA, DAVID MURRAY, ARTO LINDSAY, IGNACIO BERROA, PUNTILLA ORLANDO RIOS, PETER SCHERER, FRISNER AUGUSTIN, ELYSEE PYRONNEAU
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)
"***** Master chef Kip has cooked himself a scrumptious meal: Afro-Cuban soul food with some poetry chops on the side... Vertical's Currency stands to establish Kip as a vital force on the music scene. It proves once and for all that Jack Bruce is indeed a first rate vocalist of extraordinary passion and sensitivity..."
Bill Milkowski, Downbeat
"What it sound like? Like tangos, like salsa, like sambas, very tropical and layered with Jack Bruce's Celtic bop vocals and David Murray's effervescent and exultant sax. This features some of the most lyrical tenor work Murray's ever put on record. Consider yourself cosmopolitan? Well, if you don't know the work if Kip Hanrahan, you just faking it, bubba. Vertical's Currency is the soundtrack, from a movie shot on location in one truly cosmopolitan imagination One of 1985's Ten Best Records."
Greg Tate, Spin
"One of 1985's Ten Best Records ..."
Fernando Gonzalez, Boston Globe
"That most rare of things, a genuinely new music... Wonderful. Seek and enjoy."
Richard Elms, The Face (England)