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Life In This World

by Steven Bergman
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Tuesday May 14, 2013
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Will Calhoun, drummer for the rock group Living Colour, shows his diversity across a myriad of genres and musical worlds with this latest solo effort, "Life In This World."

Calhoun has gathered a virtuosic group of players from the jazz and world music spheres to join him on this journey, and the resulting album is a must-have for fans of both the medium and the musician. Featuring pianist Marc Cary and trumpeter Wallace Roney on the opening track, "Brother Will," the cohesion that Calhoun displays with his cohorts is instantly evident. "Life In This World," which Calhoun cites as "a spiritual title, which... means the sonic world of my experiences," includes original takes on Thelonious Monk’s "Evidence," Cole Porter’s "Love For Sale," and John Coltrane’s classic, "Naima." In addition to Cary and Roney, Calhoun has invited an impressive triumvirate of bassists to accompany his various drumming grooves: prodigy Charnett Moffett, Living Colour bandmate Doug Wimbish, and jazz great Ron Carter.

Calhoun shows his musical appreciation for experimental flavors and draws from his international travel excursions on tracks such as "Afrique Kan’e," in which he performs effortlessly with Malian musicians Cheick Tidiane Seck on piano, Alioune Wade on bass, and Brehima Diakite on the kamelon n’goni. "Abu Bakr II" features Wimbish and Roney in a brief dabble into electronics in the style of the work that Miles Davis pioneered on such recordings as "Bitches Brew." The concluding cut, "Loves Parody," takes a simple rock groove from Calhoun, and adds the multi-faceted drummer on vocals for this original tune.

His flexibility is highly displayed on this strong, jazz-fused collection, and it provides the listener the opportunity to appreciate the continuing evolution of one of the rock world’s most noted musicians.

"Life In This World"
Will Calhoun
CD and digital formats
Motéma Music

Steven Bergman is a Composer / Playwright / Performing Arts Educator based outside of Boston, MA.

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