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Produced by Joe Mardin with Special Guest 
The Late Blues Legend HUBERT SUMLIN,
On One of His Final Recording Sessions


Given Elliott Sharp’s reputation as one of the founders of New York City's "Downtown scene," and a visionary composer & improviser in jazz, blues, world and classical genres, it is no surprise that his latest offering with Terraplane both harnesses the blues tradition and moves beyond it.

Photo Credit: Merri Cyr

As a musician, Sharp aims to "keep one foot in the past and one foot in the future." He applies this rule to Terraplane with a vengeance. Formed in 1991, Terraplane synthesizes the intersection of country and urban blues with Mississippi fife & drum bands, post-Ayler jazz, and Sharp’s own sonic innovations on guitars and sax— all while maintaining the rhythmic force of the groove. Each of Terraplane's previous six recordings have revealed new facets of the band. With Sky Road Songs, the emphasis is on the songs – concise, focused, emotional and memorable, both drawing on the blues tradition and looking towards a futuristic sound.

Sky Road Songs producer Joe Mardin contributes great ears and a stalwart sense of structure to the project. The powerful vocals of Eric Mingus unveil incredible range and melodic subtlety. Standouts from him include Sharp's "Sky Road Song," a melancholy jet-lag meditation, and "This House Is For Sale," with howling vocals evoking the blues masters over sweet-and-salty guitar obbligato. Recently departed legendary guitarist Hubert Sumlin features on this track, in what was ultimately his final recording session. Tracie Morris simmers and wails on “Endless Path”, a concrete evocation of the Sky Road, and on the Southern Gothic/swampedelic “I Blame You.” Joe Mardin contributes the sardonic “Banking Blues,” a scathing but humorous indictment of current American economics, on which he sings lead.



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Terraplane's lineup is completed with four of Sharp's longtime cohorts— drummer Don Mckenzie is well-known for his work with Vernon Reid's Masque as well as with rapper Pharoahe Monch and jazz legend Roswell Rudd.  David Hofstra, whose working resume ranges across The Contortions, to Otis Rush, holds down the bottom on basses. Finally, Terraplane features baritone saxophonist Alex Harding (Sun Ra, Julius Hemphill, Fela musical) and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes (Jazz Passengers, Elvis Costello.)

Photo Credit: Sascha Rheker
Hubert Sumlin was a major influence for Sharp and many others including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and Robbie Robertson. His work with Howlin' Wolf set out a violent, fractured, Cubist, vocalized, and purely electric take on blues guitar. Sharp first met Sumlin in Chicago in 1983 at a North Side dive, and they hooked up again in 1994 when Terraplane backed up Sumlin for a set at NYC's original Knitting Factory. Sharp and Sumlin continued to work together over the years, with Sumlin joining the band on a number of tours and recordings. A date in September 2011 was finally found to bring Hubert in to overdub “This House Is For Sale.” where he weaves his acerbic commentary around Mingus’ impassioned singing. Sharp hadn't seen Sumlin in two years and was surprised at his frail bearing and obvious ill-health. Still, the old humor was in abundance, and Sumlin soon had Mardin and Sharp cracking up with laughter at his tall tales in between gorgeous guitar tracks played on Sharp's Strat and Les Paul.

About the Producer: Joe Mardin is an arranger, composer, engineer, drummer and Grammy-nominated filmmaker. Mardin has worked with Chaka Khan, Raul Midon, Jewel, and Aretha Franklin as well as guitar legend, George Benson. He has also co-produced numerous projects with his father, the late legendary producer and arranger, Arif Mardin.

Release Date: September 11, 2012

wtorek, 21 sierpnia 2012, jazz-gazeta

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