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Ethnic Fusion
Big Black
Ethnic Fusion
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Jazz, Latin Music
 
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I do know that the man is rhythmically possessed. For me to comment in detail; to comment at all on the intricacies of sounds on this disc would be, to say the least, presumptuous. What I hear and what you hear are likely ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Big Black
Title: Ethnic Fusion
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mutable Music/Stickfigure
Original Release Date: 10/31/1982
Re-Release Date: 10/31/2001
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Jazz, Latin Music
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Latin Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 801021750420, 803680572702

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I do know that the man is rhythmically possessed. For me to comment in detail; to comment at all on the intricacies of sounds on this disc would be, to say the least, presumptuous. What I hear and what you hear are likely to be quite different things. What I hear are marvelous shadings on the drums, brilliant (and considerably more introspective) playing by Wheaton on the guitar. And I hear a wild assortment of rhythms?the bata, wawaco, samba, ska and calypso-reggae beat (among others I can?t identify). Black has a solo track, Wheaton often erupts, and at other times seems just to bubble. The artistic alliance, unusual at first encounter, not only makes sense?it works. I wish, somehow, that tape-loops (or a disc equivalent), wee common in audio reproduction, in the way they are in films. The music on this disc is continuous?continuous communication. Continuous African-classical sound-fusion. It?s Big Black and Anthony Wheaton, percussion and guitar. ?Hey Phil, we?re gittin? it together?you dig?? I dug, and I dig. You will, too.

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Not Steve Albini
Cheated | 01/30/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This is not the Big Black with Steve Albini. It has nothing to do with Steve Albini or his drum machine. If you have followed the Amazon link telling you, 'if you liked RAPEMAN or SHELLAC or BIG BLACK, you might also like this guy who has nothing to do with any of those things,' -- if you followed that link, feel duped. This is not what you're looking for."
Disregard the genius above
T. S. Foltz | USA | 09/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"please don't pay any mind to the genius who left the review above - if you couldn't tell that this CD has nothing to do with Albini's BIG BLACK just by looking at the cover then you really are a few matchsticks short. I'm sure Mr. Albini will get a big kick out of your warning - just before he cuts both your hands off..... Anyway - the CD in question is really incredible and you should buy it just for the variety of sounds this man delivers. perhaps he could record his next CD with Albini at Electrical"
The Original Big Black
Mak10 | Chocolate City | 04/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is a shame that this iconic, spirit filled musician would be linked to the much later Albini Big Black music. Amazon should remove the link and place this force, the original Big Black, in his proper context with Sun Ra, Coltrane, Dwight Trible and at least link him to his contribution to the wonderful "Build An Ark" project. This album is beautiful. Fans of "Elements of New" and "Message to the Ancestors" will find the weaving of the ancient and the new that we love - with plenty of fresh approaches and stellar, cutting edge performances.

I really urge Amazon to fix this and delink from the other, later "Big Black". With the current link to the old Chicago based "noise" band and the profanity in their album title, computers with profanity blocks will not get to view this great artist's work. It's quite unfair and ironic that Amazon would position its pages so that a white band taking the name Big Black would overshadow this gifted, elder Black artist who has been performing definitive, cutting edge music since the 60s."