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Upsurge! – Chromatology (Abolition Media)
East Bay jazz-poetry ensemble, Upsurge!, has just delivered a new disc containing 15 tracks of well-executed and captivatingly conscious music. While I admit not being the best judge of what makes good poetry, there is some pretty thought-provoking material found here.
They take the Gil-Scott Herron formula and turn it on its ear and even stop to cover Abdullah Ibrahim’s “The Wedding.” I was really impressed with the production values and above-par musicianship. Very cool and engaging release from this East Bay institution, which also just won the Best Poet or Spoken-Word Performer Award of Best of the East Bay 2003.
|Poetry In Motion!
a five-star review!
Reviewer: A music fan from San Francisco, CA USA
UpSurge is poetry, jazz, politics, and the emotion that can be generated by
each of these all rolled into one! Raymond Nat Turner and Ziggy Lowenberg
and their amazing ensemble including incredible guest artists bring to their
second CD energy, spirit, and love of language and music. Each cut provides
a new experience, one which you’ll want to come back to over and over. This
is an amazing West Coast based group that must be heard by music enthusiasts
across the country…and then around the World!
|… knocked me down
… really creative.
And you know, I like creative stuff, no matter what type of music it is…it’s all good. One of my favorites is about the football player, I don’t even like football but that piece is really something. I haven’t heard anything like it. I haven’t heard anything even near what you guys are doing on that record.
—Donald “Duck” Bailey Legendary Jazz drummer (Jimmy Smith organ trio, Carmen McRae, Harold Land- Bobby Hutcherson Quartet,)