Oluyemi Thomas/Sirone/Michael Wimberly
Beneath Tones Floor
NoBusiness Records NBLP-29
Fantastic trio set led by the enigmatic west coast reedist Oluyemi Thomas, here on bass clarinet, flute, soprano and musette and featuring the last ever recorded appearance of the late bassist and Revolutionary Ensemble member/Cecil Taylor collaborator Sirone as well as percussionist Michael Wimberly. Thomas has played with William Parker, Alan Silva, Charles Gayle, Henry Grimes, Sunny Murray and Joe McPhee. Under the spiritual guidance of Eric Dolphy he has dedicated himself to the bass clarinet and it’s an instrument he can really roar on, moving from plaintive ritualistic cries and earth tones through the kind of high alien tongue of post-Ayler thinkers like Gayle and Brotzmann. His playing here is truly remarkable, navigating the speed-of-thought exchanges between Sirone and Wimberly with all of the brain muscle of your favourite wall-destroyer while mixing it up with military tattoos, forlorn testifying and droning, singing blues. Edition of 300 copies, heavyweight vinyl, recommended.