Avant jazz from Marshall Allen, Fred Frith, Terry Riley, & schoolkids!
You are currently contemplating a recording of myth and wonder. The Saga Of Padani presents the odyssey of 1990’s 4th, 5th & 6th grade students from novice musicians into an avant garde ensemble – an ensemble that engenders an array of sonic textures which never remain static or stagnant, but flow in a way that it’s always surprising, often startling and astonishing. On many of these imprecise, meditative, ethereal soundclouds of wonder and joy, the children were joined by such luminaries as Terry Riley, Fred Frith, Dave Slusser, and Dave Gordon, Tyrone Hill, & Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra! Among these 34 amazing transmissions of interplanetary improv pieces are a few Sun Ra covers, and 2 liner note sets of deep enlightenment.
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Incredibly difficult to choose just one favorite track... the oracle in Angel speaks loudly in all of these songs. Such a deep album. Listen to Impepho, We Are Starzz, London, and Cape Town. And I do mean LISTEN... King Hippo
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For all its tricksiness, this is very sensous album. Almost liquid-like in its blend of genres and harmonic elements. It feels like a step in multiple directions at once, as it's not dominated by any singular sense of purpose or intent, other than to just connect with the listener. A modern-jazz soundscape, perhaps.
This is album really confirms for me that we are in the midst of a jazz revival of the like not seen in decades. Michael Mueller