Sadhappy — Good Day Bad Dream
(Periscope CD04, 1997, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 1999-04-01
Sadhappy has been one of Seattle’s quietly active units for the last few years. The group has undergone some famous personnel changes (in particular the departure of key saxophonist, Skerik from Critter’s Buggin), but undaunted, they have hosted other notable guests such as jazz guitarist, Bill Frisell. For their fourth rhythm foray, the brainchild of Paul Hinklin (bass, guitar, and vocal) and drummer Evan Schiller has added another low-end voice to the mix by bringing in virtuoso ex-Windham Hill player Michael Manring (Attention Deficit, Cloud Chamber). The additional (more-melodic) bassist adds wider scope to the pieces as well as foundation end unlike any of group’s previous releases. The disc is as danceable as it is jazz funky as revealed in the opening track, “Hammering Man,” a rap about a huge collapsing structure used as a human metaphor. “Lacheesis Muta” follows a sinister fusion motif while “Oscar Wins the Lottery” is an amusing story of a lush who decides to go down to his local store and cash in on some girlie magazines! A few ambient fusion pieces are also strewn across the album, such as “The Kitchen Sink.” So for you enthusiasts, we simply have of case of bass & drums & more solo groove bass through classy attitude and an amusing rap / narrative style. The last track is “The Death of Webern” at almost 16 minutes, which is a massive deconstruction of multiple layering of bass and drum tracks.
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more