Sonny Simmons & Moksha Samnyasin – Nomadic

Rating:            1/5
Distributor/label: Svart Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.svartrecords.com/
Released: Nov 2014
Buy Album [URL]: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nomadic/id941798441
Band Website: http://www.sonnysimmons.org/news.htm

FolderBand line-up:

Sonny Simmons
Moksha Samnyasin

And a French Bass-Drums-Sitar Trio – Thomas Bellier (Spindrift, Blaak Heat Shujaa), Sebastien Bismuth (Abrahma) and Michel Kristof (Other matter).

Tracklisting:

01 Help Them Through This World
02 We are Entering The Place Of That
03 Put It In A Dark Area Where I Don’t Remember No More
04 When It Comes, I Don’t Fight It

Review

Celebrating 7 decades of making music, 82 year old Sonny Simmons teams up with Moksha Samnyasin to quest for Middle-Eastern, psychedelic sonorities in a free jazz 4 track EP. Recorded between Paris and New York, the album was mastered by Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Deftones).

In 1968 Sonny co-founded a music commune at Woodstock, he used to jam with his neighbour Hendrix and his career was re-launched by Quincy Jones in the 90’s. Quite a pedigree.

One has to assume then that Sonny has had far too many puffs on the peace pipe at his commune, for here there are 4 tracks that defy being called music. I know Jazz, I used to book all the top Midlands Jazz bands in the early 90’s, Trad, Dixie and Modern, I have seen them all do versions of ‘When the Saints’, so I understand that sometimes Jazz likes to play around and be different, but it still resembled a song of sorts.

Here you have a Sitar, and you immediately suspect you have wondered into a Indian Curry House somewhere along Ladypool Road, Birmingham, only next door is a New Orleans Cajun restaurant and you can hear their music through the walls mixed in with the Curry House music and then to make matters worse a school recorder class (beginners level) sets up outside to play. At other times it resembles that awful sound you get when an orchestra starts to warm up before a show, yes each member is skilled with their instrument but when they all make random sounds together without a score it sounds dreadful, that is what track 3 basically is.

Track 2 is passable as a piece of music, a bit less discordant and a little more relaxing with syncopated drums, I found the rhythms were perfect for crocheting squares to, but seriously I would be happy never to hear any of this ever again.

Being as these tracks were instrumental, it didn’t even have a great vocal performance or interesting lyrics to save it.

Review by Lisa Nash

 

 

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