"DESIRE DEVELOPS AN EDGE"
JACK BRUCE, KIP HANRAHAN, STEVE SWALLOW, PUNTILLA ORLANDO RIOS, ARTO LINDSAY, ELYSEE PYRONNEAU, RICKY FORD, IGNACIO BERROA, JERRY GONZALEZ, JOHN STUBBLEFIELD, JAMAALADEEN TACUMA, ANTON FIER, MILTON CARDONA, TEO MACERO, TiPLUME RICARDO FRANCK, FRISNER AUGUSTIN, SERGIO BRANDAO, JOHN SCOFIELD, JODY HARRIS, others
Produced by Kip Hanrahan
Recorded July 1982-June 1983
Kip Hanrahan is the Jean-Luc Godard of music today... Repeated listening proves that this is a record without equal in contemporary production. Maybe because its not jazz, rock ... Desire is a record of jazz rock and salsa the way it should be today: inventive, moving, incisive, surprising. On top of everything else, it's so sensual! ...Jack Bruce gives one of the unforgettable vocal performances of the epoch... Desire Develops an Edge is not the record of the year, 1984 will be the year of Desire, like 1965 is the year of Pierrot le Fou..."
Le Monde, Paris
***** "innovative and p;passionate indeed! ...This one gets my early vote for album of the year!"
***** "Superb, an audio auteur's triumph of conception, execution, and perhaps most critically, production... Hanrahan has the guts to imagine what could work, and to make it work."
"a magic album... A totally indispensable, original record... It will move you, excite you, and literally change you..."
Jazz Hot (France)
" Hanrahan has conceived an album that forms as coherent a whole as any record released in the past few years..."
***** "One of the best albums of the year (1983) ...s the title suggests, Desire Develops an Edge is the sort of album that's easy to get passionate about."
Considine, Baltimore Sun
"Desire Develops an Edge is one of the musical miracles of the year ... Nobody in rock and roll or jazz is making music with this kind of subtlety and breadth: nobody even attempts to. Though we are inundated with claims of genius virtually every time a new talent appears, a claim seems justified now. With Desire Develops an Edge, Hanrahan indeed appears to become one of the select few."
Jeff Salamon, Street Music (Philadelphia)
"Mr. Hanrahan often gets something deeper and more structural on Desire. Instead of writing a tune and lyrics, then deciding on a beat, he has taken a lesson from his Haitian and Cuban colleagues and learned to work his way up from the rhythm. Not just any rhythm, either: he's after a fusion of Haitian, Cuban, Brazilian, salsa, rock and jazz syncopations that will register as none of the above... Interwoven throughout Desire are sequels to the tales of sexual conflict Mr. Hanrahan started on Coup de Tete along with border crossings, bilingual puns, a Yoruba legend, smoky bossa-nova romanticism and reflections on the making (and the financing) of the album itself - all subjects that can be connected somehow, in the crossfire of distinct but interlocking rhythms... Mr. Hanrahan's ambition seems to have infected everyone in his pool of musicians. The all play as if they've found a brand new community - one where a dance party has just begun."
Jon Parales, New York Times
"brilliant... One of the best records of the year..."
Richard Gehr, Los Angeles Reader
"One of the 100 most important records of the century."
Telerama (France), 1999
"One of the 60 jazz records of the 20th Century for people who think they hate jazz... These albums changed me..."