Part of the Touchstone series
After leaving Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi band trombonist Julian Priester and synthesizer pioneer Dr Patrick Gleeson put together this now-legendary album in two sessions in 1973.
Extending the experiments of the Hancock sextet this music can also be related to Miles Davis’s robust Afro-funk-slanted electric group music of the period. Pumping bass ostinati, riffs and a big ‘tribal’ beat connect Love, Love to the music of Sly Stone and Funkadelic as well, while the shifting clouds of spacey improvising can also make a listener think of minimal music or Sun Ra. More than 40 years later this slice of proto-cyberfunk is still thoroughly enjoyable and timely.
Personnel: Julian Priester Pepo Mtoto (trombone, horns, whistle, flute, percussion, synthesizer); Pat Gleeson (synthesizer); Hadley Caliman (flute, saxophone, clarinet); Mguanda David Johnson (flute, saxophone); Bill Connors (guitar); Bayete Umbra Zindiko (piano, clavinet); Ron McClure (bass); Nyimbo Henry Franklin (bass); Ndugu Leon Chancler (drums); Kamau Eric Gravatt (drums, congas).
Prologue / Love, Love / Images / Eternal Worlds / Epilogue
ECM Touchstone 6743185