Holding Together

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Oliver Lake
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Oliver Lake

Radically free, yet evocative and engaging, HOLDING TOGETHER (the title is apt--the music seems bound only by the loosest threads at times) is like the soundtrack to a night of restless, nervous dreams. 

Artists :

Michael G. Jackson ( Acoustic and electric guitar, electric mandolin, bamboo flute, percussion, vocal )
Paul Maddox ( Drums, Percussion )
Oliver Lake ( Alto, Soprano & Tenor Sax, Flute )
Fred Hopkins ( Bass )
Oliver Lake

All music written by Oliver Lake, except "Ballad" (Michael G. Jackson). As evidenced by his work with the renowned World Saxophone Quartet, alto saxman Oliver Lake knows how to create challenging, complex, experimental jazz. HOLDING TOGETHER, released in 1976, provides more of the same, though the proceedings here have a distinct chamber-jazz feel. Characterized by their use of space, subtle instrumental interchange, and lack of steady backbeat (the percussion on the album is remarkably quiet and used to create accents), Lake's compositions have an almost ambient feel at times. As a player, Lake only flirts with straight melody (the bop-like head of "Hasan," for example, and the gorgeous "Ballad"), opting more often to employ rhythmic figures and rapid, conversational voicings that blend in with the other instruments. Michael G. Jackson lends color with his electric guitar, electric mandolin, bamboo flute, and vocals, while the rhythm section of Fred Hopkins (bass) and Paul Maddox (drums) keep things alternately tense and languid. Radically free, yet evocative and engaging, HOLDING TOGETHER (the title is apt--the music seems bound only by the loosest threads at times) is like the soundtrack to a night of restless, nervous dreams. Recorded at Generation Sound Studios, New York in March 1976. Personnel: Oliver Lake (alto & soprano saxophone, flute, percussion), Michael G. Jackson (acoustic & electric guitar, electric mandolin, bamboo flute, percussion, vocal), Fred Hopkins (bass), Paul Maddox (drums, percussion).

More Information
Title Holding Together
Barcode 8024709042323
DOD ID B002WPZ9P2
Catalogue Number 120009-2
Display Artist Oliver Lake
Label Black Saint
Release date Dec 27, 1976
Year 1976
Format cd, digital
Duration 0:38:38
Main genre Jazz
Product type full album