By Any Means Necessary

By Any Means Necessary

by Gary Thomas


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The M-Base concept, which never caught on in a big way but did influence the playing of a dozen or so top jazz improvisers, is heard in its prime on this Gary Thomas release. The tenor saxophonist (doubling on flute) meets up with the fiery altoist Greg Osby, keyboardist Geri Allen, keyboardist Tim Murphy, bassist Anthony Cox, drummer Dennis Chambers, percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, and, on some selections, guitarists John Scofield and Mick Goodrick. The music features dense ensembles, simultaneous improvisations, eccentric funk rhythms, and rhythmic but very dissonant horn solos that have a logic of their own. One can think of this noisy date as being an updated extension of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time and is recommended to open-minded listeners who think that nothing new has been played in jazz since the mid-'70s.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/2003
Label: Winter & Winter
UPC: 0025091903122
catalogNumber: 919031
Rank: 270336

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gary Thomas   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Naná Vasconcelos   Percussion
Geri Allen   Synthesizer,Piano
Greg Osby   Synthesizer,Alto Saxophone
John Scofield   Guitar
Anthony Cox   Acoustic Bass
Dennis Chambers   Drums
Mick Goodrick   Guitar
Tim Murphy   Synthesizer,Piano

Technical Credits

Naná Vasconcelos   Composer
Geri Allen   Composer
Greg Osby   Composer
John Scofield   Composer
Gary Thomas   Composer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Paul Wickliffe   Engineer
Stefan Winter   Producer,Packaging
Hiroshi Itsuno   Executive Producer
Günter Mattei   Cover Design
Adrian von Ripka   Engineer

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