|Sonic Liberation Front is a band without peers. The amorphous Philadelphia unit has essentially created its own genre in its evolution as a band. Combining free jazz with Afro-Cuban percussion and modern electronics, Sonic Liberation Front has forged an incredible sound assemblage – one that has sailed to new levels on Change Over Time.
On Change Over Time, Sonic Liberation Front experiments with even more different types of percussion. In addition to a Western drum kit, the album includes iya, itotele, tumbador, segundo, quinto, djembe, doundoun, kinkini, and surdo on the album. SLF isn't just using different drums for the sake of it – each instrument is well-placed accent within the music.
What makes Change Over Time SLF's best album to date is the increased focus on varied songwriting and maintaining a cohesiveness across diverse compositions. Whether it is the rhumba of "First Rain," the balladry of "Omio," the electrolayered "D'Accord, Baby," the noise extrapolations of "Ouaga to Bobo," the percussion-centered "The Next Thing That Happens," the jazz-centered "Dominical" and "Glass Eyes," or the dark funk of "Change Over Time" – all the SLF tracks fuse together into an extremely potent body of work.
Kevin Diehl – drums, Yoruba-Cuban percussion, electronica
Chuckie Joseph – drums, Yoruba-Cuban percussion, vocals, guitar
Julian Pressly – saxophone
Dan Scofield – saxophone
Matt Engle – bass
Rich Robinson – Yoruba-Cuban percussion
Ira Bond – Yoruba-Cuban percussion
Bart Miltenberger - trumpet