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Crossroads [Hemispheres]

  • 1. Glide, The
    2. Fathers and Sons
    3. Golden Heart/Guiding Spirit
    4. Intro to Katrina
    5. Katrina Ballerina
    6. Spirits of Another Sort
    7. Running Shadows
    8. Mirror Images
    9. Zarbi
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 281235

  • Credits
    ProducerWarren Kahn; Ian Dogole
    EngineerWarren Kahn

    Personnel: Hassan Massoudy (vocals, tombak); Sheldon Brown (piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Paul McCandless (bass clarinet, English horn, soprano saxophone); Frank Gayer Martin (piano); Bill Douglass (double bass); Ian Dogole (drums, cymbals, dumbek, kalimba).
    Recording information: The Banquet Sound Studios, Sebastopol, CA (01/2008-01/2009); The Hillside Club, Berkeley, CA (01/2008-01/2009).
    Photographers: James Rodney; Jim Bourne; Theresa Vargo.
    Hemispheres is led by percussionist Ian Dogole, who embraces influences from many musical styles around the world, utilizing such accomplished musicians as multi-reed players Paul McCandless (who was worked extensively with Paul Winter), Sheldon Brown (who has played with Omar Sosa), pianist Frank Martin (a veteran jazz educator and sideman), and bassist Bill Douglass (who has worked with Marian McPartland and Charlie Byrd). Ralph Towner's "The Glide" provides an unusual opener; it omits the guitar from the composer's original concept, with McCandless' playful soprano sax and Brown's robust tenor sailing over the light Latin rhythm. Brown's "Fathers and Sons" has a chant-like air at first, before the blend of the composer's soprano and McCandless' English horn begin to work their magic in a lovely yet breezy setting. Dogole solos on kalimba to provide an introduction to the late trumpeter Woody Shaw's "Katrina Ballerina," a delicious post-bop vehicle showcasing McCandless' expressive, Eric Dolphy-like bass clarinet, Martin's dramatic piano, and Brown's sizzling soprano sax. The CD wraps with an unusual twist: a hypnotic work by Iranian composer/lute player Hossein Alizadeh, which features guest Hassan Massoudy on vocals and tombak, recorded in live performance.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.82) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "On 'Zarbi,' the sole live performance among the nine tracks, the band expands to a sextet....A sudden 90-degree turn into polytonality, it ends CROSSROADS on a pleasantly hypnotic note..."
    JazzTimes (p.67) - "Percussionist and bandleader Ian Dogole often seems as interested in providing coloration and texture as he does in driving things forward..."
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