The Young Mothers – A Mothers Work Is Never Done (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:13 minutes | 542 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | Front cover | © Tektite Records
The Young Mothers is the coolest sound to come out of Austin since the 80s. One of the best rhythm sections in 21st century free jazz provides the platform for adventurous cross-genre improvisation, with threads of Houston hip hop, Austin indie rock, and North Texas heavy metal vibraphone. Tektite Records has incubated a new Texas noise scene founded on first rate musicianship, and The Young Mothers are the vanguard.
The Young Mothers – featuring a super group of heavy-hitters who have helped steer the direction of creative music in New York, Chicago, Texas, and Scandinavia – mean business.
Formed in 2012 in Houston, the brainchild of Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – a Norwegian-born bassist who constantly burns down stages in the States and abroad with The Thing, Free Fall, Atomic, and Scorch Trio – the group’s debut album A Mothers Work is Never Done is a creative-music pacesetter. From jack-out-of-the-box surprises in “The ‘Wood” and “Ruth” to spirited and moody takes on modern jazz and improv on “Molé” and “Theme from Fanny and Alexander,” the six-piece group grounds itself in brilliant and potent new music while leaving time and space for side trips to the left-of-field, ranging from grindcore injections to visionary hip-hop.
Along with the Austin-based Flaten and guitarist Jonathan Horne, a member of the Steve Albini-engineered Plutonium Farmers, The Young Mothers’ Texas contingent includes saxophonist Jason Jackson, a centerpiece of Houston’s productive improvised music community who has played with Leroy Jenkins, Pauline Oliveros, and William Parker; trumpeter and rapper Jawwaad Taylor, a Houston native who recently relocated from New York City to his hometown, but not before performing and collaborating with Jay-Z and MF DOOM; and Dallas-based drummer/vibe man Stefan Gonzalez, son of jazz heavyweight Dennis Gonzales, whose powerful chops can be heard in countless jazz, noise, mariachi and grind projects. Rounding out the lineup – a first-ballot-inductee-into-the-hall-of-fame-type collection of musicians – is Frank Rosaly, a Chicago-stationed percussionist who’s played nationally and internationally with the integrals, such as Peter Brötzmann, Jeff Parker, Roscoe Mitchell and Louis Moholo.
01 – The ‘Wood
02 – Molé
03 – Theme from Fanny & Alexander
04 – Wells (the original)
05 – Virgoan Ways
06 – Ruth
07 – Terrestrial Impact Theory
All compositions and arrangements by Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, except: « Theme from Fanny & Alexander » (Benjamin Britten: Suite for Cello, Op. 87) and « Ruth » (trad. from Uganda).
Recorded at Ohm Recording Facility, Austin, Texas, during Fall 2012 and Spring 2013.
Jason Jackson – Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
Jawwaad Taylor – Vocal, Trumpet, Electronics and Drum Programming
Jonathan F. Horne – Guitar
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – Acoustic and Electric Bass, Electronics
Stefan Gonzalez – Vibraphone, Drums and Vocals
Frank Rosaly – Drums and Percussion