Sean Noonan’s Brewed by Noon – Stories to Tell (2007)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 64:33 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 3,23 GB
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Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound | Songlines Recordings # SGL SA1563-2
Drummer, composer, storyteller Sean Noonan describes himself as an ‘Irish griot’, one who collects tales, legends, and life stories over the course of his journeys and transforms them into the raw material that informs not only his drumming, but the entirety of the music he creates. The stories Sean and his band tell in these 10 pieces are exceptionally diverse. You can pick out elements of blues, rock, soul, jazz and improv in various combinations, adding in Celtic and west African song-forms, lyrics, melodic content and instrumental approaches, but all transformed in the process of development.
These stories might be told, but don’t think they’re easy listening, by any means. Working with a core band that includes Marc Ribot, drummer Sean Noonan doesn’t make his music particularly accessible. “Scabies,” for example, churns out sharp shards of guitar that are so dense as to be almost impenetrable. But it’s an album with many facets, like the Africanisms of “Massana Cisse” or the vocals of Abdoulaye Diabate, who’s outstanding on his three cuts, or “Noonbrew” with the delicious voice of Susan McKeown. It’s a record that very much pursues Noonan’s vision, complex and twisted as it is, and there can be beauty in the chaos, as in the guitar/viola duo on “Dr. Sleepytime,” possibly the scariest lullaby ever recorded. Definitely not for casual listeners, it’s a record that demands attention from your ears and brain, one that falls outside any definition – which is a good thing.
01. Massana Cissé
05. Urban Mbalax
06. No Strings Attached
10. Dr. Sleepytime
Recorded on January 26 – April 8, 2006 at Brooklyn Recording, NY.
Sean Noonan – electro-acoustic drumset
Marc Ribot, Aram Bajakian, Jon Madof – electric guitars
Mat Maneri – viola
Thierno Camara – electric bass, vocals (5), percussion
Abdoulaye Diabaté – vocals (2, 3, 5)
Susan McKeown – vocals (3)
Dawn Padmore – vocals (8)
Jim Pugliese – percussion
Thiokho Diagne – djembe