Nation Time 1970
|New from||Used from|
Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, 9 May 2000
Enhance your purchase
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.07 x 12.7 x 1.27 cm; 91.85 Grams
- Manufacturer : ATAVISTIC
- Original Release Date : 2000
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Label : ATAVISTIC
- ASIN : B00004SQVV
- Number of discs : 1
- Customer Reviews:
Excerpted from KEN VANDERMARK's Liner Notes: "Joe McPhee mapped out a stylistically expansive set, one that embraced methods as diverse as those developed by Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Grant Green, Cecil Taylor & Sonny Rollins on t
Review this product
Top reviews from other countries
Nation Time is a superb album and certainly, I believe, an extremely accessible one. Whilst the term "free jazz" may be off-putting, or scary, to some (though I'd imagine if you've gotten this far that you aren't averse to jazz) this album is as good an in to that world as any.
The title track is actually a pretty beefy slab of 60s/70s funk (I hesitate to say jazz-funk as that conjures up hideous images of Level 42-style slap bass - this is nothing like that). The bass and percussion on this track groove along nicely whilst McPhee, on tenor sax wails along (I wouldn't bother, though, if you don't like free-jazz sax).
Scorpio's Dance is in a similar vein (I believe that both tracks have the same instrumentation and players?)
Shakey Jake is even more into funk territory, possibly wouldn't feel out of place alongside James Brown's 60s funk. It certainly, with the mix of sax and grooves, is reminiscent of earlier Coltrane - though with more of a groove, coming as it did in the early 70s.
Recommended for free jazz fans, Coltrane fans and anyone who likes 60s funk and wants to try something new.
Joe McPhee "Nation TIme" (1971)
I used to listen to a fair amount of Jazz, but from the beginning of the 00s to a few years back I hadn't been listening to much. Not because I didn't like it but because I was just listening to other things. However, in the past three years or so I have gotten into a few records that have reignited my love of jazz. These I have introduced into my canon of my favourite jazz albums of all time. It all started with Eddie Gale's "Ghetto Music," Peter Brotzmann's "Nipples (which I like more than Machine Gun. Blasphemy!)," and Ornette Coleman's "Science Fiction." I recently got the vinyl reissue of "Nation Time" and I think I would add this to the list (not the original. Apparently worth about $1000).
A while back I was watching a documentary on Peter Brotzmann, who is a ferocious german Avant-Garde sax player. I noticed a player named Joe McPhee kept on popping up in the documentary. Later I noticed that he had played with a lot of my favourite modern jazz musicians like Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark, Chris Corsano and Mats Gustafsson. I saw this record popping up in various music groups on Facebook, and decided to check it out. It had an immediate impact on me.
"What time is it?"
This initial call to arms heard at the beginning of the record reminded me of the monologue heard introducing the MC5s classic "Kick Out The Jams." Apparently the title tack of the album was a tribute to author, playwright, poet and music critic Ameer Baraka, who the above words belonged to. He was staunchly committed to the creation of a black nation.
After the initial call and response, Bruce Thompson and Ernest Bostic's drums go into hyperdrive and send the piece on what sounds like a runaway train. Mike Kull's piano kicks in, and eventually he switches to electric piano with a sound reminiscent of Miles Davis' electric period, which was happening parallel to McPhee and "Nation TIme." Mc Phee's sax then comes in, often repeating the piece's main theme, or playing an intense free solo. In this song they attempted to "utilize and re-interpret various elements of the music known as jazz, from New Orleans to the Avant-Garde..." It starts off with a hard bop, and McPhee's sax adds the free jazz element. The repeating theme sounds influenced by early Blue Train era Coltrane.
The next track on side two is decidedly a funkier production. Again with heavier drums, more rock sounding than jazz, complete with electric Miles' electric piano again. There is a great part where there seems to be a battle between the sax and the trumpet, and then chills out with another Miles electric keyboard spot.
While "Nation Time" features some serious saxophones skronks, but "Scorpio's Dance" is definitely the most "free jazz" sounding on the album.
Amazing jazz record with just the right amount of funk. It makes me optimistic that are still some older amazing records out there that I have never heard anything about before.