Glen Velez' experimental percussion exotica and Ellipsis' book packaging makes for a singular and peerless release. This drummer pays homage to the ancient frame drum. Accompanying his sonic visions is a 20-page museum depicting the instrument through history.
For their third offering, Mokave continues to bring music from jazz and world folk perspectives that bend strict labelling. It's Mokave's unique sound borne from the always deft and elegant bass playing of Glen Moore, the melodic, tranquil musings of pianist Larry Karush, and the frame drumming and percussion work of the ever worldly Glen Velez. In their simplest, stripped down compositions, Karush takes the lead through delicate traipsings as during John Abercrombie's "Parable," the folkish lyricism and loping tick tock pace of "Country," or the light boppish paen to Bill Evans via Scott LaFaro's "Gloria's Step."
Glen Campbell not only had an enormous number of hit singles, he was also a staple of pop culture, appearing in films and hosting a TV show during the late '60s and early '70s. Before that, he was a respected studio musician and performer in search of a hit in the early '60s, cutting great singles that nobody heard. All this makes his career difficult to compile, even on a double-disc set with 40 songs, so it shouldn't be a huge surprise that Razor & Tie's 1997 compilation The Glen Campbell Collection (1962-1989), for all its attributes, is heavily flawed. Its biggest problem is its scope; by extending its reach to the end of the '80s, when Campbell was still having hits out of sheer inertia and was far past his peak, the listenability of the second disc nosedives about halfway through.