New and Notable Releases
ORGANIC GROOVES Black Cherry (Aum Fidelity) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
For a free-jazz record, William Parker and Hamid Drake’s bass-and-drums-duo disc Piercing The Veil was surprisingly funky, with the two old-school players drawing more on dub and global grooves than squealing improv. The record seemed just a remix away from the dance floors, and on Black Cherry underground Brooklyn beat duo Organic Grooves oblige. Chopping up Parker’s bass and Drake’s percussion into fluid, rolling beats, Organic Grooves streamline the duo’s sound while losing none of the original album’s curiosity and restless energy. It’s not exactly storming club music, but as the name suggests, it is as organic a fusion of live and computer music as you’re ever likely to hear.