Kali Z. Fasteau


Flying Note FNCD 9009

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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