Alpha Nebula Expanded: The Monster Peace

Alpha Nebula Expanded: The Monster Peace

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“The visionary guitarist Tisziji Muñoz was introduced to the listening public in the late 1970s as a sideman on a now impossibly rare Pharoah Sanders album (Pharoah, India Navigation, 1977). Since then, he's collaborated with a mind-boggling array of musical luminaries...Yet, somehow, Muñoz remains a somewhat mysterious figure and one who seems almost criminally underappreciated in the jazz world-as-we-know-it. Unquestionably a virtuoso instrumentalist, Muñoz has characterized his musical exploits as just one aspect of his true focus…Because his guitar playing is a manifestation of his spiritual practice, Muñoz' music literally speaks to its audience. Its impact is visceral and very real. Summing up the music Muñoz presents on Alpha Nebula Expanded: The Monster Peace in writing is not really possible. One can only provide a few reference points. Muñoz' guitar sound is thick, sweet and heavy, recalling the glory days of early 70s ecstatic jazz-rock; the world of Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Bill Connors, and Allan Holdsworth at their most unhinged. However, Muñoz isn't a guitar nerd and he sounds like no one else. His backing band is jazz-oriented and totally acoustic, consisting of two bassists, two drummers and a pianist, all playing and listening at the top of their respective games. But that is only a tiny little piece of the story. There's a truly spiritual dimension to Muñoz' playing—and his band's—that takes their music well beyond the realm of simple techno-showmanship. Relative to the rest of his recorded oeuvre, Alpha Nebula Expanded: The Monster Peace is one of Tisziji Muñoz' more ecstatic and "out" recordings...Yet, to describe this music as "free jazz" would be missing the point. Harmonically adventurous and unpredictable, with melodies that appear and disappear almost randomly, there's a bobbing, flexible rhythmic backbone to the ensemble's playing throughout this 2-CD set that imparts a sense of joyous abandon while maintaining a sort of narrative thread that galvanizes one's interest. In other words, it's both "free" and "not free." It's also one of the year's most rewarding listening experiences.” –Dave Wayne, All About Jazz

Limited pressing of double CD unwrapped 4-panel eco wallet

 

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Track Listing

1. Burnsign of the Arisen 5:20

2. Aspiration 3:17

3. Goodbye Dear Sweet Mother 6:29

4. Creating Gentle Fierceness 5:52

5. If It Is Precious 5:58

6. Stillness Before Ascent 8:53

7. Angelic Origination 11:10

8. Slipping Into Other Space 8:56

9. Glimpses of Light 5:35

10. Fearlessness 4:30

11. Ephemeral 2:16

12. Mastering the Seed of Creation 7:14

13. Keeping It Secret 1:07

14. Divine Madness 3:28

15. Forgiveness as Joyous Peace 5:25

16. Blues for the End of the World 9:11

All Compositions by Tisziji Muñoz, Anami Music Inc.

 

Tisziji Muñoz: Electric Guitar, Bells, Slide & Scream Effects

Lam Sobo John Medeski: Piano

Ra Kalam Bob Moses: Drums & Percussion

Franklin Kiermyer: Drums & Percussion

Don ‘Yaka’ Pate: Bass

John ‘Chait’ Lockwood: Bass

 

Recorded on December 13, 1997 Sweetfish Recording Studios, Argyle, NY

Producer, Creative Vision & Compositions: Tisziji Muñoz

Executive Producer: Ra Kalam Bob Moses

Recording Engineers: Mark Fuller and Mike Hostettler

Piano recorded and overdubbed in 2015

Recording & Editing Engineer: David ‘Gyan-Das’ J. Sullivan, Anami Music, Inc.

Mixing Engineers: Tisziji Muñoz & David ‘Gyan-Das’ J. Sullivan

Mastering Engineer: Chris Andersen, Nevessa Productions

Anami Music Archivist: Rebazar ‘Hu-Deva’ Muñoz