Free Form Funky Freqs
Get ready for the frēq-y power trio from the future, melding the talents of Vernon Reid on guitar, Jamaaladeen Tacuma on bass and G. Calvin Weston on drums. This extraordinary meeting of the minds and souls break new ground in the definition of the timeless trio sound using the best elements of improvisation, modern DSP, and good old-fashioned funk. Groups are often touted as having "natural chemistry", but few if any would attempt a recording like this putting those often used words to the test. Despite their long personal association, Reid, Tacuma and Weston had never before played together.
A brief history of the frēqs…
The birth of the free form funky frēqs is intertwined with the untimely death of Tonic, the legendary underground center for jazz, rock performance and experimental music in lower Manhattan. In its waning days a number of performances were commissioned from artists associated with the venue. Enter Weston, whose called two long time friends to share the stage. Due to traveling and production circumstances, the trio had not played a single note together. The success of this spontaneous performance at Tonic came as a surprise and revelations to the members of the trio. What started as an impromptu gig, now begged further consideration. Shortly thereafter, Weston invited Reid and Tacuma to come to the rhythm section's native Philadelphia, playing the underground haven, Tritone. Once again with no prior planning, the three took the stage and had yet another remarkable evening.
Willing to take a risk, Reid booked time at a little known but professionally appointed studio near his home in Staten Island.
These three musical innovators went into the studio wanting to explore the organic energy and excitement they felt from the live performances. What you hear on this recording is their third performance. Electrified by Reid's thought and riff provoking guitar playing, matched with Tacuma's inventive bass work and locked down by Weston's deep in the groove kit work, "urban mythology volume one" is a chapter in its own book.
Is it the reinvention of the power trio, or is it a peek into the future? or perhaps it's the present being fast-forwarded? That is for you to decide, but either way, it's a journey worth taking.
Vernon Reid is no stranger in the circles of rock and funk, having been a crucial member of the rock outfit Living Colour and his "instrumental" group Masque. Vernon has also played with legends including Public Enemy, Carlos Santana, James "Blood" Ulmer, Mick Jagger and many, many others. Jamaaladeen Tacuma, veteran of Ornette Coleman's project of the seventies, "Prime Time" and has traveled extensively, playing with musicians from all around the world. Calvin Weston, a bandleader in his own right, has played alongside of Billy Martin (of Medeski Martin and Wood) Tricy, Eyvind Kang, Derek Baily, Mark Ribot and James Carter. Recently, he as been involved in playing on several movie soundtracks like "Get Shorty", and joined John Lurie's Lounge Lizards.