Nov 19, 2013

Doug Hammond - Spaces

barabara sounds sez: 
More excavated Tribe sounds. It's been over 20 years since Disk Union brought this out here – and it was originally recorded ten years before that, back in 1982. But – like the David Durrah/qpsm album I posted – it kind of fell through the crack into the abyss of oblivion, at least it did on these shores. And that is really too bad. Because like everything else the Tribe tribe and their offshoots have created, it shines with its own distinctive brilliance. sez
Drummer Doug Hammond leads an odd ensemble of drums, two alto saxes (Steve Coleman and Byard Lancaster, who doubles on flute), occasional piano (Kirk Lightsey), and cello (Muneer Abdul Fataah). Steve Coleman contributes four of the 11 oppositions, including the brief but powerful "Uhren," which a few years later would lead off the Dave Holland Quintet's Seeds of Time album. Hammond was practically a sixth member of Holland's group of the time, contributing a number of fine compositions. "Figit Time," which ends this session and also Holland's 1987 classic The Razor's Edge, is a good example. There's a marked Dolphy-esque flavor to this band, with their alto/flute/cello constellation bringing Out There to mind on occasion. But the heady rhythmic concepts of Hammond and Steve Coleman were a whole new thing.

Doug Hammond drums, voice; Steve Coleman alto sax; Byard Lancaster alto sax, flute; Muneer Abdul Fataah cello; Kirk Lightsey piano

Spaces and Things (suite) 1) Lopin'; 2)  Water Moves; 3) Spell Dance − Meno Mosso; To My FamilyCüd Ba-Rith; Snakepit Strut; Mini Ensemble; Rizz Biz; Uhren; Murdxas; Figit Time

Doug Hammond's website has a whole lot more info about his work and albums.


Anonymous said...

Plenty of Spaces for your comments here!

il angelo said...

I remember this...never got hold of a copy. Thanks

Anonymous said...

thank you

Anonymous said...

thank you

E-mile said...

TN, believe it or not, but this one is also new to me! especially surprised to see Byard Lancaster here on board, can't wait to give it a proper spin tonight...thanks once again for another gem.
peace, E-mile

Simon666 said...

thamks for this TN!

ushaped said...

another nice example of late-in-the-game astral jazz. thanks!

nijimasu said...

nice, thanks taro. any tribe is always welcome

Bill said...


g.raf said...

Many thanks for this TN. So pleased to see that you are still taking the trouble share great music with us. It is much appreciated. Take a look at the 'modal madness' page if you are on facebook. You may enjoy it!
All the best.

Solomon said...

Thank you.

taro nombei said...

@ E-mile
happy to help fill in the gaps…

@ g.raf
yes I got a bit discouraged for a while, so I certainly appreciate the positive feedback :-)
That FB page looks like fun some time when I have a lot of free time (which is not right now!)

@ everyone else

boogieman said...

Thanks TN, this album is new to me. Keep up the good work and don't be discouraged by the lack of reactions. But I understand, sometimes I wonder myself why I bother but then someone post an ehthusiastic message and I'm back for another round.

bhowani said...

thanks for these 2 alto men !

katonah said...

Fuckin' aces , thanks TN.

taro nombei said...

@ boogieman
cheers, and thanks for the encouragement!

@ Bhowani
yer very welcome!

@ katonah
aint it!!

hideo said...

just freakind lovely (I'm wearing the 1's and 0's off my player's HD playing it so much)

Hemant Sareen said...

Recently heard this at a friends place whose parents had last month presented him with their LP collection. Saw the cover thought it was the 1960s. But then heard what sounded like Coltrane at his lucid best. Frantically searched for the release date on the album. Early 1980s. Alternates between Coltrane and Rudresh Mahanthappa.

taro nombei said...

@ Hemant Sareen
it's an amazing and totally unexpected album.
you friend's parents must have (had) remarkable taste in jazz. I wonder what else was in that collection!

thanks for dropping by — and for turning me on to Rudresh Mahanthappa who is new to me.

Hemant Sareen said...

@ taro nombei

Thanks I have passed your compliments on. I am afraid not much jazz apart from a couple of Modern Jazz Quartet's albums. But there are some relatively rare Indian classical music albums featuring vocal performances of known and relatively lesser known ustads. And fusion albums of Anand Shankar.