DECOY - SPIRIT (CD)


Decoy are Alexander Hawkins on Hammond Organ, John Edwards on Double Bass and Steve Noble on Percussion. The disturbing, distorted Hammond organ sound is a natural fit for a free jazz combo. With a pedigree including low-cost church pipe organ substitute, novelty instrument and jazz cool tool bar none courtesy of Smiths - Jimmy and Dr Lonnie - McGriff, Patton, Young et al, the B3 and Leslie cabinet's overblown bastard tones one minute toying, the next destroying, were made to play the freedom sound. Ra did it (free jazz funk on Lanquidity, 1978) but the Hammond has been over-looked by the improv community. Which is a surprise as it combines huge tonal potential with visceral attack, speed of articulation and sheer presence and volume that, when geared to a powerhouse drum 'n bass combo (as here), creates compelling, reality-jarring music. Alexander Hawkins has a pipe organ background (which is the ideal grounding for the Hammond ­ you can hear his churchy tones during this album's playout) and exploits the potential of the C3 to the full ­ pulls out all the stops, in fact." (LABEL INFO)
in stock | US| 2009| BO' WEAVIL | 12.90


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