Friday, May 25, 2018

Ronald Shannon Jackson & The Decoding Society - 1999 - Earned Dreams

Ronald Shannon Jackson & The Decoding Society
Earned Dreams

01. American Madman 6:58
02. Earned Dreams 6:13
03. Bangkok Morning 6:35
04. Nairobi Cowboy 6:14
05. Sundance Square 5:23
06. Booby Trap 8:48

Bass - Melvin Gibbs
Bass - Bruce Johnson
Drums, Flute - Ronald Shannon Jackson
Guitar - Vernon Reid
Saxophone - Zane Massey
Trumpet - Henry Scott
Violin - Akbar Ali

Recorded live on stage in 1984 at the Caravan Of Dreams, Fort Worth, Texas.

Drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society sounded like a tighter version of Ornette Coleman's free funk band Prime Time, which originally included Jackson as a member. That influence remained prominent during this live performance at Caravan of Dreams in Fort Worth in 1984. Earned Dreams features Zane Massey on alto and tenor saxophones, Akbar Ali on violin, Henry Scott on trumpet, Vernon Reid on guitar, Melvin Gibbs on bass, and Bruce Johnson on electric bass. This ensemble maintained intense creative mayhem while sticking with tight funk structures. One of several out-of-print Jackson titles made available again by Knitting Factory's reissue label Knit Classics.