Thursday, April 5, 2018

Kip Hanrahan - Sex, Romance And Passion. Anger, Lies And Deceit

He's the wardrobe master of paradise...

In a more just world, I wouldn't have annoying dysphoria issues, Trayvon Martin would still be alive and Kip Hanrahan would be more well known, or at least to the same extent that Hal Willner or Bill Laswell are.

That ism there's a good chance that you've heard of Laswell or Willner, and even if you haven't, you know the stable of musicians they're able to call upon: Ginger Baker, Sonny Sharrock, Elvis Costello, and Lou Reed, among others. And Hanrahan, during his American Clave prime in the 80s, was able to call in some big names: Byard Lancaster, David Murray, Jack Bruce and even Laswell himself.

But not everything in life is peaches and cream, and I think Clave went out of business a few times over the years. Or at least garnered an impression that their records are hard to find. I've only seen one in the wild, and I've been to record stores literally all across Canada. Which is interesting, since on Discogs you can find his stuff for pretty cheap!

Anyway, this share is a mix made by - and I'm going from memory here - a guy named Miles on a long-defunct blog called Birds With Broken Wings something like a decade ago. I grabbed it from another long-gone blog a few years ago, and not only have I not seen it anywhere else, I can't even find anything on Google about it. Go figure.

The music is what you'd expect from a Hanrahan release, but if you're not familiar it's something like this: smoky, back-room jazz, with speak-singing that's closer to a poetry recital than anything; Latin-infused rhythms and horn riffs; ECM-style jazz guitar; jazz that's maybe a little pretentious, but always interesting and never demands much more than an open mind from the listener.

I'd list the sources and players, but honestly I don't have them. Mostly, it's from 90s records like Exotica, A Thousand Nights and A Night, and a few others; there's nothing here from his first couple of records, which are also very cool and recommended. I hope you enjoy, and thanks again to Miles, wherever you are.


M. Milner said...


simonthecat said...

This looks intriguing to say the least - many thanks!

Pig Street! said...

Thanks for the share, he is so hard to define, intriguing as mentioned above is a good start.