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El-P / High Water
Album:High Water Collection:Jazz
Artist:El-P Added:04/2004
Label:Thirsty Ear Communication 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2004-04-05 Pull Date:2004-06-07 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:6 Jun30 May23 May16 May9 May2 May25 Apr18 Apr
Airplays:62212223

Recent Airplay
1.Wed, 23 Jan 08:chizzy
Eran Mukamel (yelldown warhellride)
4.Mon, 22 Aug 05:stirling
Stirling's Approximation
2.Wed, 15 Aug 07:chizzy
Eran Mukkake (ookie mookie)
5.Tue, 28 Jun 05:Ben
Umami Jazz Program
3.Sun, 03 Sep 06:Jimbrowski
The Vapors
6.Thu, 13 Jan 05:Ben
Umami Jazz Program

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2004-04-09 
Melodic, accessible pieces with hip-hop beats and idioms. It's El-P producing the "Blue Series Continuum" band of free-jazzers, led by Matthew Shipp's darkly crystalline piano, for a sound much like Thirsty Ear's other Blue Series disks.

The music tends to be simple and the band's improv/free-jazz chops are a subtle add-in, kept away from the foreground. That helps build an effective atmosphere, darkly cool-handed, with a sense of drama and melancholy in most tracks.

7- The centerpiece: Samples of jazz singer Harry Keys (El-P's father) over mid/fast trip-hop beats. Sentimental and sad, really grabs at your heart.

1,8 - Instrumentals based on #7
2- Stormy piano theme, builds to a strong drama
3- Slowly jaunty with a hard beat
4- Good soloing over catchy midtempo theme
5- Spiky pecking piano
6- Mid/fast, scattery piano

Track Listing
1.Please Stay (Yesterday) 5.Intrigue in the House of ...
2.Sunrise Over Bklyn 6.Something Is Wrong
3.Get Your Hand Off My ... 7.When the Moon Was Blue
4.Get Modal 8.Please Leave (Yesterday)