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4 Responses to “SPIRIT MUSIC JAMIA / “Aquarium””

Ms. Berry Says:
February 5th, 2006 at 1:55 am

Aquarium is actually my favorite track on that CD and I would listen to it repeated at one point in my life. My other favorite track is the one with Lalah Hathaway on vocals.

youngblood Says:
February 6th, 2006 at 2:42 pm

it is rarely a good sign when the reviewer starts out by mentioning the artist who pioneered the gernre that your current record mimics. A testament to the mercurial prince of Blackness is that so many naked nymphs are shamelessly willing to expose the fact that they are wearing Miles’ dirty drawers. And I really hope that a record exec from marketing and not the artist is responsible for writing that this [recording] was “influenced by life, Miles Davis, Kool Herc, Carl Sagan and holy scripture.” Miles? Okay. Kool Herc? it s stretch, but i’ll give that a pass as well. but Carl Sagan? I trust that this is not the racist astronomer who could not get over the fact that African intelligence alone, and not space aliens, is responsible for pyramids and hieroglyphics.

Let’s get to the music, shall we? The good thing is that the rhythm section puts down tracks tighter than camel toe prints on a hot beach. The not so good thing is that Spirit Music Jamia has too many lifeguards showing off their physique and not enough willing to jump in the deep end to try and save some of these songs from drowing in shallow ambiguity. Mu-Min would be a great intro if the rest of the recording followed up. Kenny Garrett tries to resuscitate Al-Falaq 113 before realizing that it would be easier to just cremate it. Aquarium is a nice little sad song. Papillon (?) is track #4…I suppose. Dance of the Infidels translated must mean, “play the blues, Kenny.” On The Chosen, I don’t know what in hell Cassandra is singing about but as long as she’s gonna lay it on me like that, I’m tellin her whatever she wanna hear. I’m guessing track #7 is Luqman and I personally want to thank Oliver Lake for taking time out from his busy schedule to grace us with those, what, five ot six notes? Don Byron does a really convincing Alvin Batiste imitation. And oh, Jack DeJohnette is on the track as well. Heaven must be Lalah Hathaway’s cut. All in all I agree with Mtume; buy this record. Even if you just download the tracks you want – no worries as they will not take up much space in either one of your memories.

dick dondi Says:
February 8th, 2006 at 6:01 pm

I wrote a response to this recording around thanksgiving time. Youse have selected it to be run, misters. I am so thankful to have access to your site, what’s within. Peace+Blessingz.

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