WONDER DANCING ON GLOBAL BOP
The story behind the album
This was my second release. I was fascinated with, and studied the field of Ethnomusicology, and wanted to make an album that integrated many styles of music that reflect many cultures throughout the world.
I was able to pull out all the instruments and make use. Quite a bit of experimentation was done. I had heard the band STEPS AHEAD do a Jazz Banjo piece many years ago and wanted to utilize it in a context not usually done. My friend David Hoffman (Just off tour from his Ray Charles gig.),played some lovely horn. In one part of the song GAMALON NIGHTS if you listen closely, you can hear my dog Molly walking across the room. I had the mics in a stereo field position as I was "mic-ing" the Gamalon Gongs. I didn't realise until it was too late that the "doggie" decided to take a stroll across the floor. I decided to leave it in. Dogs should be seen AND heard. As I was mastering the CD I kept hearing the paw nails "clicking" across the floor and thought on three seperate takes that Molly was walking behind me at that moment. I kept turning around and she was not there. I eventually figured out what I had done and had a lovely laugh at myself.
The strange bowing sound on the cut, is me playing a solidbody Dulcimer I made with a Violin Bow. On the cut ZORRO AND THE FAT MAN, Dave used this yard sale tuba I found for 20 bucks. We patched up holes with tape and what you hear is Dave plaing all improv. on the first take. DONE! Not bad for an abused horn (As well as a somewhat abused Trumpet player.). I also utilized poetry on this album as heard on the cut LES JOUEURS. I purchased Daniel Lanois album ACADE, and fell in love with his version of AMAZING GRACE (With Aaron Neville singing beautifully.). It inspired me to do an unusual version using a number of my exotic instruments. Again, Dave played lovely horn.
|A FEW REVIEWS
"Wonder Dancing On Global Bop is a diverse array of instrumental works that transcends stylistic labels. It seems beyond description for a good reason. It encompasses all styles, mixing them together while periodically letting certian nuances surface creating different moods. Paul's music is both serene and inventive!" The Independent Music Coop
"One of the most interesting and unusual fusions of world music I've ever heard! Body, Mind, and Spirit Magazine
"an exciting and heady blend of world fusion that leaps from the African Flamenco grooves of A Night On The Moors, to the ethereal evocations of Gamelon Nights, and the aboriginal bombasts of Kalahari. Along with the Gypsyesque and poetic Les Joueurs, Adams paints an astounding musical journey both serene and inventive!" John Deliberto ECHOS and Tower Records PULSE Magazine.
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