Bad Mouth

Bad Mouth

by ConjureConjure


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Who but Kip Hanrahan could take the finest percussionists in New York (some might say the world), a few highly respected authors, and one or two incredibly well-respected fusion musicians to fill in the gaps, and make them sound like stoned Midwestern high-school students? Though there are some genuine moments of "cool," the overwhelming impression left by Hanrahan and company is one of post-boheme self-importance. The surprise presented by the American Clavé label is that the clavé barely makes a guest appearance. The body of this two-disc set consists of funky, laid-back bass guitar vamps over a backbeat, laying the ground for the prose of Ishmael Reed and Hanrahan himself floating freely over the top. There are moments in the 12 long tracks that touch upon something truly profound, or at least interesting. Unfortunately, the poetry, in reaching for something great, often overextends and falls flat. The musicians, all of whom have the power to push, pull, and bend time like magicians, are seriously underused. With players like Dafnis Prieto, Robby Ameen, and Horacio "El Negro" Hernández on deck, a wise producer would have laid down something other than 12 tracks of P-Funk-style backbeat. Is Bad Mouth a bad record? No, it's not, but it certainly was not very well thought through, or well developed. Hanrahan has a talent for bringing together truly amazing musicians. The next step would be to include a truly great producer on that list.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/2006
Label: American Clave
UPC: 0029817997129
catalogNumber: 1052
Rank: 182878

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Conjure   Primary Artist
Kip Hanrahan   Vocals,Musical Direction,Group Member
Ishmael Reed   Recitation,Group Member
Billy Bang   Electric Violin,Group Member
Anthony Cox   Electric Bass,Group Member
Robby Ameen   Drums,Group Member
Richie Flores   Conga,Group Member
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández   Drums,Group Member
Leo Nocentelli   Electric Guitar,Group Member
Fernando Saunders   Electric Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Alvin Youngblood Hart   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Pedro Martinez   Percussion,Conga,Vocals,Group Member
Dafnis Prieto   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Kip Hanrahan   Composer,Producer
Ishmael Reed   Composer
Anthony Cox   Composer
Leo Nocentelli   Composer
Fernando Saunders   Composer
Young   Liner Notes
Alvin Youngblood Hart   Composer
Dick Kondas   Engineer

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