Saint Paul, MN 55101
|UnsentimentaliTunes Artist's PageiTunes Album Page|
|2.||Playing With Fire||08:00||$0.99|
|3.||Space Finding Time||03:45||$0.99|
|5.||Free Men Name Themselves||01:29||$0.99|
|6.||Ode to Gentle Men||09:51||$0.99|
|7.||Songs and Stories and Poems||01:21||$0.99|
|9.||Song for Patricia||12:48||$-1|
If you can imagine Sun Ra, John Coltrane and Beat poet extraordinaire Ted Joans getting together to create a new world, it might sound something like this. Unsentimental is a tribute to the ancestral songs, stories and poems that carry us forward and to artists who are inspired to tell new stories through them. Here is the place where space meets time; where yesterday and today collide into one great big surrealistic pillow. Tight hooks and loose grooves, wails and words, unite in a collision of color and cadence.
Rene Ford is a Texas composer/performance artist. His work is about capturing the moment of creativity through jazz improvisation and collaboration with artists willing to freely blend their aesthetics with his. He is a disciple of John Coltrane with a heavy influence of Sun Ra. Ford is joined by Minneapolis legendary wordsmith J. Otis Powell! among other stars.
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
Fans of spacey poetry interacting with percussive grooves should find much of interest here...
By Jon Opstad
Every barely breathed note, every audacious skronk that Rene Ford coaxes from his array of saxophones, every exhortation from poet J. Otis Powell! (yes, the exclamation point is part of his name), every syncopated and insistent piano riff (as on the sprawling, exuberant "Song for Patricia"), every tastefully chosen percussion phrase speaks volumes about the reverence and... sentimental regard in which these artists hold their chosen art form.
By Brett McCallon
the phiLL(er), OUTSIGHT MAGAZINE
This album of jazz and beat poetry expression is a great mix of instrumental pieces and spoken word over free jazz. At times, Ford flirts dangerously with smooth jazz without ever committing that sin...Ford maintains a balance and keeps it all hot and well seasoned....
By Tom Schulte