Friday, January 15, 2010

Milford Graves and Some Rolling Thunder

Originally posted on July 22, 2008

Does the rolling thunder and cracking rim shots of a freely articulated, out-of-time drum duet make your blood boil, at least potentially? If so the Milford Graves Percussion Ensemble with Sunny Morgan is a classic pioneering effort in that vein from 1965. ESP has just reissued it.

The two players are after pure sound and dramatic bombast and they succeed completely. It’s a drummer’s holiday from the need to accompany. They surely rise to the occasion. Kudos to ESP for these reissues!

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