Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CD Review: Melvin Gibbs' Elevated Entity

Melvin Gibbs' Elevated Entity
Ancients Speak
Live Wired Music

Bassist Melvin Gibbs explores the transnational connections between the heart of New York City, Brazil, Cuba, Caribbean, and West Africa in song and rhythm. Scheduled for release on March 17, 2009, Ancients Speak is a title that inspires a close association with today and the past. In fact, Melvin covers modern trance and trip-hop beats with sporadic rap verses. At any rate, this album is deeply cross-cultural and echoes the beginnings of humankind as a unified collective. That is the main thrust of this album. Additionally, some of the electronic elements resemble music by the group, The Dining Rooms, even though Ancients Speak contains more diverse percussion and faster rhythms. Overall, the nature of the music should strike a chord with the urban aficionado and others with an affinity for dance, techno, hip-hop, and Afro-funk. ~ Matthew Forss

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