1/ Shintotech Iridescence (Charged) 8.47 2/ Fathoms (Charged) 10.13 3/ Death Tools (Charged) 9.29 4/ Dueling Sufis (Charged) 8.13 5/ Subterrania (Charged) 8.19 6/ Overloaded Lila (Charged) 16.33 Recorded live from 1999-2001 in Japan, Germany and Holland Engineered By Oz Fritz Edited by Eraldo Bernocchi at the Place, Italy Realization : Bill Laswell Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studio, NYCEraldo Bernocchi: guitars, electronics; Toshinori Kondo: electric trumpet; Bill Laswell: bass; Hamid Drake: drums; DJ Disk: turntables, skratch attack; Aiyb Dieng : percussion; (1,6): Graham Haynes: cornet, flugelhorn; (6) Maleem Mahmoud Ghania and the Gnawa Musicians of Morocco: percussion, vocals.
2002 - Innerhythmic Records (USA), INR013 (CD)
Death Tools opens with Drake and Dieng in a free-form duo. When Laswell enters, the three kick into a high speed jam. Kondo blows frantic trumpet lines to match the intensity. Later things settle into a slippery jazz-funk groove. Amid electronic sounds from DJ Disk, Dieng plays talking drum and Drake drum kit as the three enter into a call and response rhythmic flurry to open Duel Sufis. The trio blasts out the rhythms for eight minutes. Laswell enters as the band launches into Subterrania. After some heavy grooves, things get atmospheric with Kondo and Bernocchi playing ethereal lines until Drake leads the band back in for more groovation.
The CD concludes with Overloaded Lila, featuring the addition of the Gnawa Musicians of Morocco. This is more than 16 minutes of chanting, drumming, groove laden music that encompasses funk, hip-hop, dub, and a bit of everything else. When the track concludes, itís not so much the end of the CD as it is a release from the trance the music produces. This is some seriously heavy groove-trance music. Recommended for fans of any of the musicians here, and to listeners wanting something to take then away from the world.
Michael Bettine (courtesy of Jazzreview.com)