Live at CMU Park Library Auditorium 3-18-2004
Farouq Z. Bey – tenor, alto saxophone | Mike Carey – tenor sax, bass clarinet | Skeeter Shelton – tenor saxophone | Mike Gilmore – vibes, marimba | Mike Johnston – bass | Nick Ashton – drums
Executive Producer: Mike Khoury. Recorded and mixed by Mike Johnston. Mastered by Dan Bracken. Cover photos: Mark Rudolph. Tray Photos: Don Barber. Group photos: Robert Barclay. Design: Mark Rudolph and Mike Johnston. All music is acoustic.
Tracklist: 1. Gemini 2. Zychron 3. Isolation 4. Vines 5. Auzar (Osiris) [ 6. The Call (excerpt)
Faruq Z. Bey returns with his third effort on Entropy Stereo, Auzar. Auzar features the three horn lineup of Bey, Michael Carey and Skeeter Shelton, representing the first time Bey has recorded with the three horn line up since his days with his seminal Detroit group Griot Galaxy. Representing a clear evolution from Bey’s last two efforts 19 Moons and Ashirai Pattern, Auzar features a unified ensemble sound with an emphasis on unique rhythmic and harmonic possibilities. Bey contributes three compositions to the disc. Faruq Z. Bey and the Northwoods Improvisers comprise a natural joining of mind and soul on Auzar in their strongest effort yet. Featuring the composition Zycron by Tani Tabbal.
All music is acoustic
… is a claim on ‘Auzar’, Northwoods Improvisers’ latest CD. This is a claim they had made on every possible occasion in the past. Definitively, this is a climate they work best in. Without argument, their warm style lends itself to a purely acoustic environment the best. ‘Gemini’ is a ferocious way to start off any record. With its blend of late-Coltrane styling, Mike Carey and Faruq Z. Bey engage in a vicious duel that lasts most of the piece. It’s interesting to hear how Mike Gilmore tries to slip in his marimba styling beneath this man-made tornado. The record itself [as any Northwoods Improvisers record] has this driving rhythm to it, this sense of direction that is just so catchy and infectious.” — Tom Sekowski, Gaz-Eta.com
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