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Album · 1991

Tracklist

A1 Hope A Hope A 7:40
A2 Unrealistic Love 10:39
A3 Drivin' You Slow And Crazy 10:29
B1 Bee Dee Aff 9:28
B2 First Church Of This 8:04
B3 Exacto 5:02
B4 In The Ring 6:48

Total Time: 58:11

Line-up/Musicians

Drums – Gene Lake
Guitar [Electric] – Brandon Ross, Masujaa
Saxophone [Alto], Flute, Producer – Henry Threadgill
Trombone – Curtis Fowlkes
Tuba – Edwin Rodriguez, Marcus Rojas

About this release

Black Saint – 120 134-1 (Italy)

Recorded November 19, 20 and 21, 1991 at R.P.M. Studios, New York City

Thanks to snobb, Matt for the updates

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Sean Trane
First Very Circus album (to my knowledge anyway), with a fairly different line-up to what had been his entourage until the creation of this group, but in some ways, Nuff is we’ll in the line of albums like Rag Bush and stuff that came in previous years, despite a different formula. Indeed the group features two electric guitarists, but also two tuba players, a trombone and the usual alto sax and flute from Threadgill.

As mentioned above, the general line of standard jazz laced with gypsy/Manouche-Klezmer influences is respected, but it’s definitely more experimental, sometimes downright weird with dronal tubas and grinding electric axes, with a noticeably slower execution pace/rhythm.

Don’t go expecting a metallic double-guitar attack album either, despite some rather mean and involved solos (like the end of Exacto), doing much heroics (Holdsworth comes to mind at times, Satriani at others), but thankfully avoiding histrionics. Here and there the album veers dissonant (the intro of In The Ring), but nothing to turn away sensible ears ready to make a bit of an effort. Nuff is certainly worth hearing at least once or five times, but I’m not sure you’ll (or a prog-minded jazzhead) get much mileage of such an album over the decades and repeated listenings, but few have a chance to have a library that has it on catalogue, like mine does.

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