Brother Ah - Move Ever Onward (1975/2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) ~ 332.51 Mb | 55:12 | Cover
Spiritual Jazz, Psychedelic Folk, Avant-Garde Jazz | Country: USA | Label: Ikef (IKEF04)
This isn't quite what one would expect from a man in Sun Ra's orbit. Quite frankly, this is mannered music, composed and arranged in side-long suites, sort of an African-tinged Porgy & Bess. The powerful voice of Aiisha kicks off each side with a sort of lyrical narration – you know the sort: lots of images of cotton fields and hot baked streets, fairly typical for this sort of '60s ensemble. What isn't as typical is the instrumentation. Besides the expected African percussion, koto and other Asian instruments (including a sitar) are heard. One of the most affecting pieces might be "Celestial Strings," a duet of koto and kora backed with tumbling percussion. Like most of the album, the effect is subtly jarring and just different enough to be unique.