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Ashe A Go-Go

Artist: Sonic Liberation Front
Sonic Liberation Front - Ashe A Go-Go CD
Label: High Two
Regular Price: $14.95
On Sale For: $7.48 
Year: 2004
Format: CD

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On Ashé A Go-Go, the SLF core is joined by a number of guests – including Latin jazz bassist Andy Gonzalez (of the legendary Fort Apache Band, brother of trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez). Gonzalez’s mere presence affirms SLF’s ‘hidden gem’ status, worthy of attention from around the world. Recorded over the course of 2003, the seven tracks of Ashé A Go-Go are incredibly unique entities.

The title track is perhaps the band’s finest accomplishment. “Ashé A Go-Go” starts with a wave of ambient electronics before giving way to powerful bata drumming and ecstatic horn lines. By the time a chorus of Yoruba vocals close out the piece, it’s apparent that the band is an exceptional ensemble. Penned by saxophonist Adam Jenkins, “The Sirens” is a brilliant composition that shows off not only his ability as a writer, but also SLF’s ability to play an inside jazz piece – highlighted by Kimbal Brown’s sangfroid trumpet style – that keeps the percussion wholly relevant.

Pieces like “Pow!,” “Init” and “Seize the Time” show off the variety of song structures SLF can work with. Eschewing repitition in songwriting is a hallmark of the band, and Diehl & Co. take it to new heights on Ashé A Go-Go. “Agua Dulce” takes SLF in a completely new direction. This Joseph original features him unaccompanied on acoustic guitar singing a stirring medley of Lukumi phrases. Although “Agua” is a departure in the course of the album, it speaks to the broad talent and mission of the band. Perhaps, though, SLF saves its most scintillating moments for the end. The album- closing “Gema Oculta” takes the classic rhumba form and inserts an immeasurable breath of vitality via the saxophones of Terry Lawson and Dan Scofield. However, it’s the spine-tingling vocals of Venissa Santi and Fabumni that steal the show.

ARTISTS
kevin diehl, Chuckie Joseph, Julio Berrios, Andy Gonzalez, Terry Lawson, Adam Jenkins, Dan Scofiel, Kimbal Brown, plus: Venissa Santi, Fabunmi,Madison Rast
TRACKS
1. ashé a go-go (9:07)
2. pow! (6:17)
3. the sirens (7:37)
4. init (8:17)
5. agua dulce (3:57)
6. seize the time (8:07)
7. gema oculta (8:07)
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