on 10 October 2003
Denys Baptiste follows up his previous hit album Alternating Currents with this meaningful and involved jazz album. He has used the themes behind and rhythmic patterns of Dr. Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' speech to create a provoking piece of music.
The album instantly takes you back to the feel of the time of the speech with excellent atmosphere. Poet Ben Okri's reading of an excerpt from his poem 'Mental Flight' then helps to set the tone of the issues raised from Martin Luther King's speech. The music then seems to take you on a journey, with many varied sounds within. One section is made to appear to be recorded in a public venue with people talking and cheering in the background. Throughout you get a sense of history in the style of music, yet Baptiste still manages to make it sound new, with some slightly funk areas of music filled with more thoughtful poetry again from Okri. Some areas sound emotively distressed without detriment to the music, reflecting the mood of the people around the time of the speech.
What makes this album work is that it makes you think about what Martin Luther King was trying to say. Because the composition is based on the rhythmic patterns of the speech, it makes you want to hear it for yourself to see how Baptiste has been inspired. This of course then draws you to be interested in the subject, and Martin Luther King's words haves reached and touched another person.
The only downside to the album is its length. At only four tracks and 46 minutes long, you would love to hear more from Baptiste, but you should be able to understand that this album has more emphasis on the message, and only needs to say what it needs to.
It is a diversion to Denys Baptiste's usual style, but works well.
on 4 April 2010
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