Lopez, Ramon / Duets 2: Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Album: Duets 2: Rahsaan Roland Kirk   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Lopez, Ramon   Added:Oct 2002
Label:Leo Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2002-12-16 Pull Date: 2003-02-17 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Feb 16 Feb 9 Feb 2 Jan 19
Airplays: 2 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 21, 2003: Memory Select
Now Please Don't You Cry ...
4. Feb 05, 2003: Umami Jazz Program
Why Don't They Know
2. Feb 14, 2003: Memory Select
Inflated Tear
5. Jan 31, 2003: Memory Select
Inflated Tear
3. Feb 12, 2003: Umami Jazz Program
Afroblues to Rahsaan
6. Jan 15, 2003: Umami Jazz Program
Rip, Rig and Panic

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2002-12-13
Drummer Lopez in a series of duets, all Rahsaan Roland Kirk covers. Very abstract/improv in nature -- on a few of these, it's hard to believe there's a connection to the original song.

Fun stuff, though, mostly twisted and a little playful. Lopez has a different sparring partner on each track:

1*- Thierry Modiot on trombone. Happy goofy whistling sounds.

2*- Emmanuel Bex on Hammond organ. Choppy, chaotic fun.

3- Chim Nwabueze: voice & musical saw. Poetry, then quiet scrapes/squeaks.

4*- Benot Achiary, voice. A joyous explosion of wordless vocal and drums.

5- Noel Akchote on guitar. VERY quiet, gongs and a small background roar.

6*- Harry Beckett on trumpet. Spritely, jazzy.

7- Joelle Leandre on bass. Folky-sad-abstract.

8- Andrea Newmann on electronics. Noisy with lots of pauses. Annoying.

9*- Majid Bekkas on vocals and guembri. Develops a cool little "world" groove.

Track Listing
1. Why Don't They Know   5. The Haunted Melody
2. Now Please Don't You Cry ...   6. Rip, Rig and Panic
3. Clickety Clock   7. Inflated Tear
4. Gifts and Messages   8. Slippery, Hippery, Flippery
  9. Afroblues to Rahsaan