Sunday, March 31, 2013

Will Calhoun Life In This World Motema May 14

It would all most seem as though drummer Will Calhoun has been hiding out in the jazz witness protection program and now he is back swinging for the fences - literally!

The tune selection here runs from the great bassist Charnett Moffett to the iconic "Naima" from John Coltrane. Calhoun gets by with a little from his friends including Donald Harrison, Wallace Roney and the previously mentioned Charnett Moffett among other surprises. The actual release date is May 14th but in the days of Spotify and the digital download, the traditional official street date is all most a thing of the past. Some things are simply too good to wait for so mark your calendar accordingly. I will be hitting Google and Twitter multiple times as a reminder. Calhoun revisits his roots on this release, Bebop but brought up to a more contemporary speed while still relying on giants such as bassist Ron Carter. What makes Life In This World work so well is that Calhoun takes an honest look at the global influence of bebop and the music world is a better place for it.

Calhoun is a cultural byproduct of his own experience as he describes the subtle spiritual nature of this release and the inspirations that build this epic from the ground up.

Consider this a Will Calhoun appetizer....more to come! Calhoun still walks softly but swings a big stick or mallet as the case may be.

While I have previewed the entire release, the end result is a walk in the park. More photographs and album information coming soon. Good chance I will be recovering from surgery and this is one you don't want to miss!

Tracks: Brother Will; Spectrum; King Tut Strut; Love For Sale; Naima; Evidence; Afrique Kan'e; He Who Hops; Etcetera; Abu Baker II; Dorita; Love's Paraody.

Photo Credit: Bill Bernstein