|Rucker, Paul / History of An Apology|
|Album:||History of An Apology||Collection:||Jazz|
|Label:||Jackson Street Records|
|Add Date:||2004-01-19||Pull Date:||2004-03-22||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||29 Feb||15 Feb||8 Feb||1 Feb|
|1.||Fri, 06 Mar 15:||Be Sharp|
|4.||Fri, 13 Feb 04:||Wedge|
|2.||Sat, 11 Jul 09:||Eme O|
|5.||Thu, 12 Feb 04:||miss skye|
These Holes Three
|3.||Fri, 27 Feb 04:||Fo|
No Cover, No Minimum
|6.||Fri, 06 Feb 04:||Wedge|
Tuneful pieces with lots of players and accessible writing. Many tracks have the tunefulness of instrumental rock and a slightly funky snap. There's an overall melancholy even to the happier tunes, a slow feel even though the tempos are fast. |
Which seems fitting, as the CD's subject is the Tuskeegee Syphillis Experiment, where the U.S. government tested the disease on blacks without their knowledge, from 1932-1972. President Clinton issued an apology in 1997. A summary: http://showme.missouri.edu/~socbrent/tuskegee.htm
Tracks get some extra texture from various background instruments, showing a nice attention to detail in the production. Also gives the music a joyously free lilt (see 3,5). One complaint: There's kind of a sameness to every track. On the plus side, just about any selection will be a good play.
1- Upbeat clarinet/sax trio. Short, sparse.
2*- A lazy funk, really nice. Dig the background accordion!
3- A peaceful late-afternoon feel. Slowly searing guitar solo by Bill Frisell
4- Snaky, slow feel
5*- Mid/fast and bright, w/ loping horn theme.
6*- Fast pattering beat. Tangly, confusing sax and guitar.
7- Opens w/female vocal wails.
8*- Vaguely ethnic/world feel, moderately fast
|1.||I Never Saw My Parents Dance||5.||All the Things I Thought ...|
|2.||Every Now and Then ...||6.||Sunday Morning Walk in ...|
|3.||History of An Apology||7.||Lost Years|
|4.||Parents Dance - Part One||8.||Parents Dance - Part Two|