|Wilson, Abram / Ride! Ferris Wheel To The Modern Day Delta|
|Album:||Ride! Ferris Wheel To The Modern Day Delta||Collection:||Jazz|
|Add Date:||2007-03-11||Pull Date:||2007-05-13||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||13 May||6 May||29 Apr||15 Apr||1 Apr||18 Mar|
|1.||Thu, 07 Oct 10:||Farmer Flap-Jack|
|4.||Thu, 24 Apr 08:||Ayshbot and Farmer Flap-Jack|
|2.||Thu, 26 Nov 09:||Farmer Flap-Jack|
|5.||Thu, 03 Apr 08:||Ayshbot and Farmer Flap-Jack|
|3.||Thu, 05 Mar 09:||Farmer Flap-Jack|
|6.||Fri, 11 May 07:||Wedge|
Good straight jazz in a Mingus mode, with some New Orleans touches (tuba in place of bass sometimes, e.g.), blues harmonica, and occasional rap or scat singing. |
The 10-piece band is a combination of the Delta Blues Trio, the Londorleans Brass Band (trad New Orleans band) and Wilson's own sextet.
Concept album telling the story of a trumpeter who abandons his family's jazz-club business to join a hip-hop band, only to find himself trapped with them when his grandfather's illness calls him home.
The music is good, and the dramatics/lyrics/words don't shadow the music, although they sometimes appear suddenly at the end, making for awkward airplay (2,9).
From the liner notes: "At the heart of the story depicted in Ride! is Albert Jenkins, a talented young trumpeter set to take over the running of a jazz nightclub that has been in his family for generations. Everybody is counting on him, but Albert has other plans. Instead, he leaves home and opts to tour with a hip-hop band, The Outsiders. This new life brings excitement, temptation and, ultimately, tragedy in equal measure as Albert finds himself hooked on illegal substances that flow all too freely on the road. Bad news from home serves as a wake-up call but he soon realizes The Outsiders have no intention of allowing him to leave in order to shoulder his pressing family obligations. He is trapped."
(Mostly) Instrumental -- (2),(4), 6,8,9,10,11, 12
Songs -- 1,3, (4), (5), 7
1- Opening monologue and midtempo chant.
2- Easygoing bluesy swing. Big grand intro w/harmonica.
3- Bluesy bucolic harmonica, fast, w/vocals. Upbeat train-station music.
4- Tougher modern sound, midtempo swaying. Gets more chipper during the solos. Vocals near the end.
5- Chugging bop feel, some rap/scat near the end.
6- Stomp with tuba, mid/fast, upbeat
7- Slinky mid/fast
8- Upbeat, popping feel, mid/fast
9- Cool feel, mid/fast; SEGUES into:
10- Upbeat old-fashioned sound w/harmonica and horns. SEGUES into:
11- Fast bebop, jumping.
12- Guitar picking and harmonica, gentle and mid/fast, an upbeat New Orleans feel.