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The 11th Gate

Artist: Dennis Rollins

Date of Release: 11/11/2011

Catalogue no: 233437

Label: Motema

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The 11th Gate was recorded for visionary U.S. label Motéma. The 11 tracks that make up the album are inspired by the widely publicised 11-11-11 Phenomenon, a date attributed by some as ushering in an age of global awareness. Velocity Trio includes Hammond Organ virtuoso Ross Stanley and exciting drummer Pedro Segundo. His latest project is a brilliant mix of sophisticated contemporary jazz arrangements with simmering funk grooves. It’s clear that this is one of Rollins’ strongest musical statements yet, all embracing in approach but crystallised into a multi-faceted whole that far outweighs the sum of its parts.

 

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01/12/2011 John Fordham

With his long-running and uncomplicatedly funky BadBone & Co, British trombonist Dennis Rollins has been easy to typecast as a skilful pop/jazz brassman devoted to a hard-pumping horn sound that goes back to James Brown's bands. But this fine trio set is a real surprise – not because Rollins' expressive virtuosity was ever in doubt, but because he cuts loose here in the company of Hammond organist Ross Stanley and exciting drummer Pedro Segundo to paint a broader canvas of melody and texture than this lineup ought to permit. There's plenty of grooving, of course. Samba Galactica is a staccato trombone/organ hook over a hip-hop-inflected Latin pulse. Emergence has a brisk stop-time theme and a jazz-swinging counter-melody. Ujamma finds Rollins at his breezily voicelike best, and Eddie Harris's Freedom Jazz Dance ingeniously mixes choppy Hammond-punching with loose-limbed soloing. But in between, there are seductive slower interludes, like the subtle dialogue between Rollins and the excellent Stanley on Everything Is Mind, the warmly traditional jazz ballad The Other Side, and the quiet trombone solo And Here I Sit. It's the kind of thing that draws in jazz-doubters, without selling the art down the Swanee.
Official video SAMBA GALACTICA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFjlcodWFLs

 

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