Shamek Farrah & Sonelius Smith 'The World of The Children' LP

Shamek Farrah & Sonelius Smith 'The World of The Children' LP

An amazing session of spiritual soul jazz – and one of the rarest albums on Strata East! Shamek Farrah's soulful alto is matched with the free spiritual piano of Sonelius Smith, for a totally memorable session that virtually defines the essence of the Strata East sound!

The music is free, but not too free; lyrical, but never indulgent; and always turning over with a fresh sense of imagination, and a soaring groove that's very much in the classic Strata East mode! © 1996-2020, Dusty Groove, Inc.

"Pure Pleasure Records has released a 180-gram vinyl re-mastering of The World Of The Children With a stellar group of session players, Farrah and Smith take the listener on a journey that speaks to the mind, ear and soul. Side One opens with the atmospheric title track. After a simple percussion and piano chord dialogue, an intro morphs into a rollicking jam when Shamek Farrah (alto saxophone) and Joseph Gardener (trumpet) combine. Gardner takes the first solo with crisp, trilling runs. Farrah lends an exotic shading with his alto, pushing the tonal boundaries. The hard-driving rhythm section (Sonelius Smith/Kiyoto Fuiwara/Freddie Wrenn/Tony Waters) sustains the intensity. Smith (the composer) shines on acoustic piano with a complicated, transcendental improvisation. It incorporates both Latin and African patterns. The nearly 10-minute number is captivating. Another Smith composition (“Conversation Piece”)captures the opposing earthy and graceful abstraction. Gardener’s piercing trumpet is followed by the unique free jazz touch of Farrah. Smith articulates his improvisational dexterity with airy right hand notation and muscular chords. When the ensemble unites, the expanded sound and chemistry is palpable.

Side Two offers a surprising double bass performance by Milton Suggs (“Milt: A Bass Solo”). In a concise 2:57, he delivers a virtual master-class on double bass. Suggs defies any stereotype of bass as simply a supporting instrument, gliding through a variety of tempos and demonstrating instrumental finesse. On Farrah’s lone composition (“People Puttin’ People Through Changes”), the quintet approximates a medium bebop vibe with the perfectly matched alto and trumpet sharing lead. Farrah eases into a bluesy solo with deft timing, before Gardener gives a more classic jazz reading. Smith’s minimalist eloquence on piano is especially potent. The song concludes with the quintet dynamics of horn/sax framed by a cohesive rhythm section. Gardener penned the finale, “Julius”. The band gets a groove going, aided by Kiyoto Fuiwara’s walking bass line. Freddie Wrenn’s cymbal work is excellent. Here, Farrah relies on lower-register play which changes the feeling. This low-key swing jam utilizes subtle modulation. Sonelius Smith continues his delicate, soulful licks before the group finishes together.


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Label: Pure Pleasure

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