Gift from Trane
The path which led to the Burbank sessions after the live gig by the Nu Nova Compound at World Stage -- a performance which perked up the ears of Carlos Niño and was the impetus for realizing the opportunity to record this music -- starts decades ago. The unique moment in time that allowed these great musicians to individually be part of this creative ensemble led by Ghasem Batamuntu is a special enough blessing in and of itself, but the long personal and cultural threads that were woven together to realize this tapestry of sound only enhances the appreciation of this 'Gift'. The main recording sessions were done with the Nu Nova ensemble at Tranzformer Studios in Burbank, with Bryan Carlstrom as recording engineer. Subsequent sessions were held in Holland, with Glen Gaddums engineering, and in the San Francisco Bay Area with Jamie Bridges at A Room With A View Studios in Petaluma. The artists: Ghasem Batamuntu, sax and leader Nate Morgan, Jr., piano and keyboards Sonship Theus, drums Dadisi Komolafe, flute Onaje Murray, vibes Isaac Smith, baritone horn and trombone Joel Ector, double bass, bamboo flutes Charles Hamilton, trombone Destiny Mohamed, harp Will Alexander, spoken word (Solea XYZ) Kamau Daaood, spoken word (Yellow Moon) K. Curtis Lyle, spoken word (Nu Finitude) Bay Area sessions: Juma Santos (RIP), congas and percussion Josh Jones, percussion Scheherazade Stone, vocals (Waltz of Wonder) Holland sessions: Ellen van Harmelan, vocals (Wayne's Vein) Wolter Wierbos - trombone (Solea XYZ) Remco vander Sluis - traps, percussion Angele de Jong - backup vocals Farahday - alto flute (Wayne's Vein), backup vocals Carlo Hope - djembe, percussion This notable line-up of great artists serves up powerful ensemble work, lush vocals, brilliant solos, and collectively locked-in free jazz, much of which accompanies the spoken work passages. Produced and mastered by Jefferson Braswell Mixed by Jefferson Braswell and Jamie Bridges Album artwork and graphic design by Fajou Special thanks to Carlos Niño All of our thoughts and prayers are with Nate Morgan and for his full health and recovery -- know that we love you Nate and are grateful for your presence among us. (c) 2009 Tahoe Records.