Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Arcana - The Arc of the Testimony

All Music Guide says:
"Arc of the Testimony is one of the last recordings to feature legendary drummer Tony Williams, and its bold, experimental textures are a fitting epitaph to his career. Arcana was formed by bassist/producer Bill Laswell with the intention of exploring the outer reaches of fusion, ambient and free jazz...Arc of the Testimony is a freewheeling, unpredictable blend of electronic and acoustic sounds. However, this record is even more adventurous, since it finds a common ground between improvisation and post-production studio trickery. All of the musicians -- Williams, Laswell, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, saxophonist Byard Lancaster, cornetist Graham Haynes, guitarist Nicky Skopelitis and guitarist Buckethead -- are open-minded and help push the music forward, resulting in a thoroughly involving, challenging listen."
I slept on this record when it first came out back in '97, not sure why...I owned it but didn't absorb it...been spinning it non-stop the last few days, though. Such a killer line-up, such amazing drumming from Williams...it is not surprising that it was his heart that gave out in the end...

Download:
Arcana - The Arc of the Testimony