CALVIN KEYS — Detours into Unconscious Rhythms

Jazz music community with review and forums

CALVIN KEYS - Detours into Unconscious Rhythms cover
3.50 | 1 rating | 1 review
Buy this album from MMA partners

Album · 2000

Filed under Funk Jazz
By CALVIN KEYS

Tracklist

1 Potholes 5:20
2 Urban Shaman 4:24
3 Detour 4:35
4 Tierra Naranja 6:17
5 Strutting Sole Kicks 7:19
6 C.K. Factor 4:07
7 Landing Pad 5:27
8 Aunt Lovey '99 5:43
9 Perfection Is Instant Death 7:59

Line-up/Musicians

Bass – Artis Joyce, Dimitri Ishshenko, Jeff Chambers
Drums – Ron E. Beck
Electric Piano – Kat Ouano
Flute – Tim Hyland
Guitar – Calvin Keys
Organ – Chester Thompson
Percussion – Kenneth Nash
Turntables – Deejay Zeph
Vibraphone – Roger Glenn

About this release

Wide Hive Records ‎– WH-0233-2 (US)

Thanks to snobb for the addition

Buy CALVIN KEYS - DETOURS INTO UNCONSCIOUS RHYTHMS music

More places to buy jazz & CALVIN KEYS music

CALVIN KEYS DETOURS INTO UNCONSCIOUS RHYTHMS reviews

Specialists/collaborators reviews

js
By the time the year 2000 rolled around, Calvin Keys was already a veteran of the soul jazz scene, having played his first gigs when he was a teenager back in the 60s. Originally from the mid-west, Calvin worked with all the major Hammond B-3 artists such as Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff and Groove Holmes before moving to LA in the early 70s. In the 90s Calvin re-located to the SF Bay Area just in time to enjoy that scene’s acid jazz explosion which made a musician with a good soul jazz resume an artist in demand. A lot of small labels sprang up in SF at this time to capitalize on a growing interest in mixing soul jazz with current hip-hop sensibilities. This was a scene that was unique to SF within the US, but it mirrored similar scenes in Europe, especially England. So it came to pass that Calvin was tapped by the Wide Hive label to record his first album as a leader in some time, as Wide Hive tried to capitalize on the Bay Area’s fascination with the merger of hip-hop and jazz.

“Detours into Unconscious Rhythms” is a very solid funk jazz record, and although there are nods to some trendy hip-hopisms, things do not get too watered down in an attempt to sound hip. Instead, Calvin and his crew focus on making great music that would fit any time period. Like most soul jazz cats, Calvin’s playing is based in the blues, but he eschews that Wes Montgomery octave sound that influenced so many other hard bop guitarists and instead goes for a more fleet fingered solo note style in a George Benson vein, but driven with fusion style repeating solo riffs that recall John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell. Calvin gets some good backing from his crew, particularly Chester Thompson who performs on several tracks with his Hammond B3.

Most of the tracks are great, “Tierra Naranja” is uptempo fusion with vibraphone contributions from Roger Glenn. Chester Thompson plays some Larry Young style organ work on “Perfection is Instant Death” with its almost prog rock sounding chord progression buildups and “Landing Pad” has some nice spacey psych Fender Rhodes from Kat Ouno. There is only one track with gratuitous record scratching. a feature that does date this album, but it is brief. There is one choral vocal track that some may find inspiring, while others may find it overwrought and dated, but otherwise this album is filled with top notch funk jazz fueled by Calvin’s very deft fret work.

Members reviews

No CALVIN KEYS DETOURS INTO UNCONSCIOUS RHYTHMS reviews posted by members yet.

Ratings only

No CALVIN KEYS ratings only posted yet.

Write/edit review

You must be logged in to write or edit review

JMA TOP 5 Jazz ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
A Love Supreme Post Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners
Kind of Blue Cool Jazz
MILES DAVIS
Buy this album from our partners
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Progressive Big Band
CHARLES MINGUS
Buy this album from our partners
Blue Train Hard Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners
My Favorite Things Hard Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners

New Jazz Artists

New Jazz Releases

New Start Fusion
TOM KENNEDY
Buy this album from MMA partners
Love Songs Live Avant-Garde Jazz
JOHN ZORN
Buy this album from MMA partners
The Data Avant-Garde Jazz
MATTHEW SHIPP
Buy this album from MMA partners
Peace Post Bop
SADAO WATANABE
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Jazz Online Videos

??·??·?·???·?·????
SADAO WATANABE
snobb· 7 hours ago
Mature Hybird Talking
FRANK GRATKOWSKI
js· 2 days ago
Perspective (Peace & Love)
ISAIAH COLLIER
js· 2 days ago
More videos

New JMA Jazz Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Jazz News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us