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First Ones

Artist: Positive Knowledge
Positive Knowledge - First Ones CD
Label: Charles Lester Music
Regular Price: $14.95
On Sale For: $7.48 
Year: 2005
Format: CD


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Featuring West Coast mystery man Oluyemi Thomas on bass clarinet, C-melody sax, soprano sax, musette & percussion; Ijeoma Thomas on poetic vocals & percussion; Ike Levin on tenor sax & bass clarinet (2 tracks) and Spirit on drums & percussion. Every Saturday for the past half dozen years, an old black cat named Carl from Irvington, NJ comes to our store just as we open at noon, greets me warmly and asks the same two questions, "What you got that features flutes and percussion?" and "When is that new Positive Knowledge coming out?" He is a very spiritual fellow and it is a challenge to find a new disc that he will dig each week. Oluyemi Thomas and his Positive Knowledge group always have that special magic that touches those who choose to listen.

Here we have the fifth edition of Positive Knowledge that always contains Oluyemi and his wife Ijeoma Thomas, sometimes just a duo or a trio or a quartet. The same spirit is always present. It is rare to find someone who is featured mostly on bass clarinet, but this Oluyemi's special gift. To speak through his horns, the C-melody sax is another rarely used instrument, but there he goes wailing on that horn. Ijeoma is a perfect match for Oluyemi, her voice is extremely expressive, they both tell stories together, weaving magically around one another. The sound of two bass clarinets or bass clarinet and soprano sax spiraling together is something else. I am not familiar with their percussionist, Spirit, but he also sounds wonderful spinning his web of wonder as well. This music often unfolds slowly, so we get a chance to hear and to feel all that they are telling us. This is truly organic music that flows from the heart, soul and minds of the Positive Knowledge crew. Open up and let them in. You will not be disappointed, unless you are already dead.

Positive Knowledge: Oluyemi Thomas (bass clarinet, C-Melody sax, soprano sax, musette, flute, gong, talking drum, percussion); Ijeoma Thomas (poetic vocals, gong, percussion); Spirit (drums, percussion, talking drum); Ike Levin (tenor sax, bass clarinet, percussion)
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