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Roscoe Mitchell

Roscoe Mitchell And The Sound And Space Ensembles

Black Saint 120070-2

Item: full_album_8024709048424_CD

Artists :
A. Spencer Barefield ( Guitar )
Gerald Oshita ( Baritone And Tenor Saxophone, Contrabass, Sarrusophone )
Jaribu Shahid ( Bass )
Mike Mossman ( Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet, Flugelhorn )
Tani Tabbal ( Drums, Percussion )
Tom Buckner ( Tenor Voice )
Roscoe Mitchell ( Soprano, Alto & Tenor Sax )
Release date
Dec 28, 1984

Wherein composer/multi-instrumentalist Mitchell mixes and matches two of his regular working groups of the early '80s, the free-flowing and often funky Sound Ensemble and the more academic Space Ensemble. The first track, with the latter group, is Mitchell at his most arid and sterile, with vocalist Tom Buckner portentously intoning words that presumably roll off the tongue nicely, while two horns offer scattered background. Contrast that with the ensuing "You Wastin' My Time," a raucous, quasi-rap number (with Mitchell on vocals!) which is messy, all over the place, a little bit silly, but brimming with life. The Sound Ensemble, with Mike Mossman replacing original member Hugh Ragin, wends its way through two delicate improvisations and also launches into the grooving "Linefine Lyon Seven" with rich, funky lead lines, fine collective improv, and jaunty soloing. Unfortunately, the album ends with another lengthy track similar to the first, where preciousness overwhelms sensitivity, with the result being more a dry exercise than an organic whole. For serious Mitchell fans, this is worth having for the highlights; newcomers might find an easier "in" with the slightly earlier and utterly wonderful Snurdy McGurdy and Her Dancin' Shoes on Nessa.  (