10 April 2006


This is an astounding record by an artist who has been criminally neglected. The list of those who could make out jazz funky is a short one. Ornette of course springs to mind as do the musicians of the Art Ensemble and their Chicago brethren. Drummer Steve Reid must now be added to that list. From the swaggering thunder of "Lions of Juda," to the gentler songs that close this album, there's nary a misstep. This music is as beautiful and dangerous as a shower of broken glass — just when you think you've got a song figured out, this clever group of largely unsung musicians heightens the tension and takes things careening off in an unexpected direction. Have no fear though, these men are always nothing if not firmly in control. This is a wonderful document of a long vanished New York scene that was long on every emotion, not just fury.



magnum said...

Hard at it mate....... soil sounds good bell ya in the week

froz1 said...

link is dead... can anyone re-up?


bacoso said...

NOVA by steve reid is reissued by the guys at Soul Jazz in London.Iam guessing they have had the file deleted which is fair enough as i doubt any money will be made by them from the re issue which is really a labour of love.I wont be reposting it nor anything else re-issued by small independants.

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john said...

Bacosa - thanks for the posts, thanks for the blog - ,so many great sounds on here and all worth preserving.

I note some - many? -references to jazz dance gigs in the uk. I guess that we must be about the same age, around 120 or so. I used to be into the jazz dance scene myself in another life, but now have to be content with running through the blogs to build up a collection of music for my son to listen to and - hopefully dig - when he's old enough to. Again, many, many thanks. JohnH

john said...

Thanks and more thanks for your wonderful blog. I note from some references on here that, like me, you were into the jazz dance scene in the UK years back, at least 120 by my estimation!.

Great blog and thanks for keeping all this alive.