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Live album · 2019

Tracklist

1-1 You Are Free To Choose
1-2 Bowl Hit
1-3 View From The Moon
1-4 Baker's Dozen
1-5 Asé
1-6 The One Who Endures
1-7 Spocky Chainsey Has Re-Emerged
2-1 Georgia
2-2 Twelve Eighteen West
2-3 Collant Denier
2-4 Paris
2-5 Tune No. 6
2-6 Sprouts
2-7 Fred Anderson And A Half
2-8 Ma And Dad
2-9 Two Minute Warning
2-10 Outro

Line-up/Musicians

Alto Saxophone – Rajiv Halim
Cello – Tomeka Reid
Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Instruments [Ceramics], Instruments [Small Instruments] – Junius Paul
Drums – Xavier Breaker
Drums, Instruments [Small Instruments] – Vincent Davis
Drums, Percussion – Isaiah Spencer
Drums, Sampler – Makaya McCraven
Guitar – Scott Hesse
Mbira – Shanta Nurullah
Piano, Organ, Synth, Instruments [Small Instruments] – Justin Dillard
Piano, Synth [Arp Synth] – Jim Baker
Synth – William Kirk
Tenor Saxophone – Irvin Pierce
Trumpet – Marquis Hill
Trumpet, Horn [Shofar], Instruments [Small Instruments] – Corey Wilkes

About this release

International Anthem Recording Company ‎– IARC0028 (US)

Tracks 1, 8, 9, 10 & 16 recorded January 9th 2019 at Decade Studios, Old Town, Chicago, featuring Junius Paul, Vincent Davis, Justin Dillard & Corey Wilkes.

Tracks 2, 3 & 4 recorded June 30th 2016 at Comfort Station, Logan Square, Chicago, featuring Junius Paul, Isaiah Spencer, Jim Baker & Rajiv Halim.

Tracks 5, 6 & 7 recorded August 23rd 2016 at the Polish Triangle, Wicker Park, Chicago, featuring Junius Paul, Vincent Davis, Justin Dillard & Corey Wilkes.

Track 11 recorded December 20th 2016 at The Hideout, Goose Island, Chicago, featuring Junius Paul, Makaya McCraven & Marquis Hill.

Track 12 recorded April 2nd 2018 at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Bridgeport, Chicago, featuring Junius Paul, Vincent Davis, Justin Dillard & Corey Wilkes.

Track 13 recorded July 26th 2016 at The Polish Triangle, Wicker Park, Chicago, featuring Junius Paul, Shanta Nurullah, Isaiah Spencer, Scott Hesse, Irvin Pierce & Makaya McCraven.

Tracks 14 & 15 recorded June 2nd 2016 at Comfort Station, Logan Square, Chicago, featuring Junius Paul, Tomeka Reid & Isaiah Spencer.

Track 17 recorded December 13th & 20th 2016 at The Hideout, Goose Island, Chicago, featuring Junius Paul, William Kirk, Xavier Breaker & Makaya McCraven.

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Think of all the great musicians that have come from Chicago’s AACM and its influence. If you are not already familiar with Junius Paul, then you can add him to your list. Paul has been around for a while, jamming with heavyweights like the Art Ensemble, Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake and Fred Anderson, but he didn’t release his first album, “Ism”, until 2019. With an album out as a leader now, Paul’s name will start becoming more familiar because he is a powerhouse on the acoustic bass. I forget which famous bass player once said that the most important part of playing the bass is being heard. On “Ism”, Paul comes through loud and clear as he keeps a strong presence amid some very busy ensembles.

“Ism” is made up of various jam sessions, many recorded live, arranged cohesively to make a sort of collage album. Despite being recorded in different locations with different musicians, the album has a nice flow and logic. Junius is a very versatile musician and the music on here veers from free jazz, to hip-hop grooves, high energy McCoy Tyner styled modal trips, electronic psychedelics and simulated African percussion ensembles. Through it all, Paul is always a bass player and avoids any gratuitous soloing, he is a bass player’s bass player and that is what makes so much of this music sound so good and tightly together. An all-star cast of musicians appear on here, including Tomeka Reid, Marquis Hill, and many more.

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