Andrew Lamb & Warren Smith – The Dogon Duo (2005/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 63:09 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Tenor saxophonist Andrew Lamb is capable of screaming like a full-blooded free jazzer, but more often than not he prefers to work a high-energy middle ground between bop and the avant-garde, in terms of both tone and harmony.
Multi-reedist Andrew Lamb teams up with percussionist Warren Smith to form the Dogon Duo, whose self-titled disc is comprised of sources influenced by various types of world music that resonate in the spirit. The first song, “Shanty House, announces the duo’s bare bones approach, with Lamb’s visceral tenor declamations interlocking with Smith’s drum thrashing. “Mirage, a tune with strong Native American overtones, features Lamb on flute. He turns bottles into wind instruments on the haunting “Lake Tanganyika, then uses them for an amplifying effect when he blows the flute.
“Mojo Bag is arguably the most focused and imaginative of all of the sax/drum duets. Lamb wails solo for a couple of minutes, then Smith weaves his own passionate, imaginative lead before Lamb rejoins him to take the song out. Lamb’s mismar on “Roses in the Sand gives the tune a distinct Middle Eastern feeling; on “Bathsheba, he blows the tenor with something close to anguish.
“Call of the Spirits features Smith on drums, balafon, and whistle and Lamb on mismar; he returns to tenor for the spiraling “Obelisk and the brooding “Dialog, which closes the disc with more driving, rhythmically diverse drumming by Smith.
01 – Shanty House
02 – Mirage
03 – Dogon
04 – Tanganika
05 – Mojo Bag
06 – Roses in the Sand
07 – Bathsheba
08 – Call of the Spirits
09 – Obelisk
10 – Prologue
Recorded in a small cathedral at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Originally released 2005. Remixed and remastered 2013.
Andrew Lamb: Tenor Sax, Flute, Recorder, Mismar & Bottles
Warren Smith: Drums, Balophone, Whistle