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Graham Haynes

  • Transition [Antilles, 1996] A-
  • Tones for the 21st Century [Antilles, 1997] Dud
  • BPM [Knitting Factory, 2000] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Transition [Antilles, 1996]
In which Roy's son the cornet player melds Vernon Reid and Jean-Paul Bourelly--not to mention hip hop scratchbeats and whoopbeats, twisted Braxton-esque march structures, Mandingo-Tunisian Islamoiserie, New Age vocal mood-setters, New Age vocal mood-breakers, bird cries, and harmolodic saxophone--into a funk few jazzbos have gotten near. The effect is '70s Miles with somewhat softer tastes in expanded consciousness, or Jon Hassell less hung up on repetition. If at times the syncretism seems slightly received, this often beautiful, often kicking record proves not just that rock can fuse with jazz and "ethnic" with "Western," but that each fusion can then fuse with the other--as long as you keep your ear on the music and your eye off the demographics. A-

Tones for the 21st Century [Antilles, 1997] Dud

BPM [Knitting Factory, 2000]
Miles in the sky of drum'n'bass ("Telluride," "Tristan in the Sky"). **