21 September 2006

CHARLES ROUSE - TWO IS ONE


















The album "Two is One" was recorded in 1974 for Strata East and was Charlie Rouse's first date as both producer and leader.He pulled an interesting mix of players together for this date-Airto-Percussion,Azzedin Weston-Congas,Calo Scott-Cello,David Lee-Drums,Stanley Clarke-Bass, Paul Mitzki and George Davis on Guitars.
"Bitchin'" opens the lp on a cool funky groove which flows along and then gets blown out of the window by the savage break beat battery of "Hopscotch".Joe Chambers wrote it-had to be a drummer,didn't it-and David Lee's funky drum patterns combine with Stan the Mans rumbling bottom end bass lock down to produce a monstrous proto-broken beat tour de force.This is followed by"In a Funky Way"which does exactly what it says in the title.
"Two is One"is divided into two parts-one is two?- and is an incredible sucession of different rhythms.In the first part Rouse plays in 3/4 and is accompanied by Clarke's bass which plays in 9/8 while the drums go 3/4.In the second part he improvises in 4/4 backed by cello while the rhythm section hits it at 7/8.The album wraps up with the fragmented yet building "In his Presence Searching"which leaves Rouse(on bass clarinet as well as tenor) free to improvise without the same harmonic safety net he was used to with Monk.
This was re-issued by Charly in the 90s but seems to have disappeared again-there was also a vinyl re-issue floating around a few years ago which surfaces from time to time-seek and you will find!

13 comments:

NotGonnaTellYa said...

Getting corrupt file error on track 4 (Two is One ). Is it me ? I've never had issues with any of your stuff before.

Thanks.

tokyokid said...

Same problem happened to me.

bacoso said...

try this- Double click the .rar file and right click on the music folder. Select "repair archive" and a small window will appear proccessing the repair. You dont have to do something other than wait for it to finish. When it is over, a new .rar archive is created, with the repaired files in it. Unrar from this new file and you are done...

Sly Hoax said...

This is really groovy. Thanks for the tunes...

coolanddeadly said...

Problem fixed. An interesting album, once again. Thanx

NotGonnaTellYa said...

Thank you. Problem solved.

Thanks for this upload. Good listen.

xmnr0x23 said...

No problems, checksum worked it's magic. Also thanks for upping the bitrate on your new wave of posts!

Now about this album. I am hooked. Love the drums and solos, it is groovy! First part of "In His Presence Searching" sounds as if it's ready to be sampled by Quasimoto. And yes, to me that's a good thing :)

Peace!

b said...

Hi. Any idea what I shoul ddo if I'm on a mac? No right-click for me...

David Federman said...

What am I doing wrong? I "repaired" the file and a message still warns me it is corrupted. 'Tis a pity. The album is wonderful both in its own right and as a followup to his one Blue Note album reissued on CD a few years back. Rouse is apparently one spiritual dude.

bacoso said...

b- this is what a mac user left on an earlier post
"I use UnRARX on a mac, here' swhat I tried:
I checked the "keep broken files" preference "

orleyfarm said...

This is another one I missed the firt time around. Could I trouble you ot repost it? As you can see I am on a Strata East binge.
Gratefully,
Eric

sulingman said...

Wow this is TIGHT! This is exactly the kind of sound I used to look for in a funky jazz lp but could never locate. Thank goodness there are folks like you to hip us to what is RIGHT!

LoganNYC said...

Can this one be reposted? It's been a couple of years, it's no longer available....

:(