Kali Z. Fasteau, piano, soprano & alto sax, mizmars, voice, nai,
drums; Lee Mixashawn Rozie, tenor sax, bamboo flute, djembe; Newman Taylor
Baker, drums, djembe, theramin, talking drum; Marvin "Bugalu"
Smith, drums, djembe; Okkyung Lee, cello; Ron McBee, djembe, percussion.
Kali Z. has been a longtime fixture on the improvised music scene. This, her fourteenth album as a leader, continues to document her energetic explorations. The music on these live recordings runs the gamut from free Jazz to middle-Eastern and African rhythms. "Elephants' Dance" opens with drums and djembe providing a thick rhythmic stew over which Kali plays her multi-toned mizmar.
The musicians groove along then shift into a double time break then back.
Most of the tracks are Kali on processed voice or woodwinds over a drum
backdrop. The flavor is like being at some sort of open air market in Baghdad.
Recommended for the adventurous.
By Michael Bettine
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