|Album:||Blood Drum Spirit: The Royal Hartigan Ensemble Live In China||Collection:||Jazz|
|Artist:||Hartigan, Royal Ensemble||Added:||Oct 2008|
|Add Date:||2008-11-23||Pull Date:||2009-01-25||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||Jan 25||Jan 18||Jan 11||Jan 4||Dec 14||Dec 7|
|1.||May 18, 2017:||No Cover, No Minimum
|4.||Jan 14, 2009:||Hand Wash in Coleslaw
A Night In Tunisia
|2.||Jan 24, 2009:||Music Casserole
A Night In Tunisia
|5.||Jan 09, 2009:||No Cover, No Minimum
Crisis In (Now's The) Time
|3.||Jan 23, 2009:||Memory Select
High Definition Truth
|6.||Jan 06, 2009:||The Long Form
It's like a mainstream modern-jazz date, and there are a couple of straightahead standards, too. But don't just coast on those; go for Hartigan's originals, which are packed with rhythmic complexity. If you want to let the music just glide by as "nice" jazz, that's OK too, but keep an ear on the drums and the bass, and you'll find layers upon layers of complexity and rich rhythms.
David Bindman -- sax
Wes Brown -- bass
Art Hirihara -- piano
Royal Hartigan -- drumset and dagbamba luna drum
1- (16:42) Recurring thumpy riff becomes the basis for one solo after another (drums, sax, piano). In between, some warm contemporary-jazz quartet work, quite nice sounding. Quiet drum solo midway. After -2:30, a new African rhythm on piano starts the coda.
2- (8:32) Fairly slow, eventually building into a warm piano segment. Romantic sax enters later.
3- (10:15) Cruising mid/fast in 11/8, a nice gospel-tinged piano feel. Weird intro.
4- (7:57) Soft ballad. Liner notes include a cool story about Hartigan meeting Duke Ellington briefly in 1965.
5- (7:38) 7/8 take on Dizzy Gillespie classic. Bass solo intro. Dig the danceably Latin piano figure near the end.
6- (4:12) Busy drums and a slightly heavy feel. Some knotty piano and a slowish sax lead.
7- (21:35) Drum solo over a fast odd-time piano riff. A wild start that settles into a more straight (but still odd-time) vamp for the sax solo, upbeat and just confusing enough. Then, everything pauses for a free-form solo on cymbals only, with plenty of blank spaces for a meditative feel despite the noise. Then multiple movements of straight club swing in 11 time, including some furious drumming near the end.
1- (22:00) Comforting sax/piano lines with subtle, unconventional drum rhythms. Bass solo gets into some etheral spaces; then an active duet of sax with bubbling, African-rhythm drums, great stuff. Drawn-out ending, lots of drums.
2- (7:00) Gentle. Surging waves of dense piano, emotional. Liner notes say its pianist Hirahara's lament for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
3- (8:08) Restrained drum solo, an "adaptation of traditional South Indian solkattu rhythmic vocables." Quiet ending.
4- (15:15) Gets out-there and a little shrill. Then, some nice, fairly fast club-sounding jazz.
5- (6:11) Upbeat bop, a Sonny Rollins cover
6- (2:27) Solo sax, soulfully sad
7- (1:12) Short drum solo
8- (2:00) Hazy metallic noises, a surreal intro
9- (3:16) Rainy-day piano
10- (8:55) Another bop cover, upbeat and warm