STING, DIAHNNE ABBOTT, CARMEN LUNDY, LUCY PENEBAZ, FERNANDO SAUNDERS, KIP HANRAHAN, ROBBIE AMEEN, ANDY GONZALEZ, GIOVANNI HIDALGO, LEO NOCENTELLI, DON PULLEN, ALFREDO TRIFF, CHOCOLATE ARMANTEROS, CHICO FREEMAN, MILTON CARDONA, RICHIE FLORES, IGNACIO BERROA, ANDREW CYRILLE, MARVIN SMITH, CECILIA ENGELHARDT
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)
"...This glinting, dramatic,pan-American music, which demands to be heard in one extensive sitting, is like running through the streets of Manhattan at hyperspeed ....This is an unselfconsciously powerful, important achievement that plays like a grand, expensive love letter to the city from Hanrahan, who, thankfully, is more a romantic than a musicologist."
Tom Moon, Musician December 1990
"...Hanrahan's albums are born of a logic and vision which transcends the limitations of style. Unique in its diversity, Hanrahan's music is also unique in its singularity... 'Tenderness' cuts even closer to the bone. The rich variety of influences are melded rather than mixed; the result is dark, thorny and uncompromising..."
David Ilic, City Limits Magazine (London) Nov 29, 1990
"...This album is about arriving at that sexy state of grace called "Tenderness," which is no mean feat, interpersonally or musically. Hanrahan's album demonstrates that musicians who love risk and challenge, who aren't afraid to smash through cross cultural stylistic walls, are those who communicate the highest state of tenderness."
Norman Weinstein, Los Angeles Reader, September 7, 1990
"...If there were such a category as 'musica erotica', this would qualify. But don't expect heavy breathing. This has depth. Hanrahan takes you on a psycho-sexual journey that throbs with passion. Not for the faint hearted, this is a turn-on for men as well as women. The lyrics explore sensuality like forbidden fruit. The music is a driving, grinding pulsating mix of rhythms. And that's just the intro! ...Tenderness is a story, a feeling and a sound concept captured with absolute mastery. Listen to it with someone you love."
Plenty of great musicians who've tried to forge a global language out of the boiling stew of Pan-American rhythms and melodies have come up empty - producing music with no cultural imperative, not guts and no soul. But on Tenderness... Kip Hanrahan achieves something of a miracle: a music that reaches across the cultural divide and emerges as sensuous, jarring, provocative, wryly hilarious and profoundly beautiful. ...Awesome."
Jory Farr, The Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA)