The Sharp Wood Years
by the group Sharp Wood, recorded 1986, 1990, 1993
“Is it Jazz? Is it Voodoo? It doesn’t really matter, as Sharp Wood’s music is world-music, that is understood everywhere.” Finally Michael Baird knew what he was playing: he was playing Voodoo-Jazz! From the outset, Sharp Wood concerts had a ritualistic character, driven by exorcistic drumming. The group existed from 1984 to 1994, from duo to trio to quartet, one of Holland’s first world-music groups – ten Sharp Wood years of idiosyncratic music, a mix of Africa, Europe, and jazz. This cd is a compilation of the three albums by Sharp Wood (SWP 001, 002, 003), with the tracks now remastered by Zlaya Hadzic in 2017 and sounding fresher than ever. Total time 69'45. 16 page booklet.
Tracklist: 1. Herbal Event, 2. Sambé, 3. Eeway, 4. Randjes, 5. Disco 3000, 6. Echo Song, 7. Earthcake, 8. Camel Walk, 9. Wazza Time, 10. Mutende, 11. The Legend Of Sleep, 12. Prélude Contemplatif.
Desertjazz 2017 (JP): ヒュー・トレイシー復刻とザンビア等でのフィールド録音で知られる SWP が初期音源をコンパイル。主宰者マイケル・ベアードのポップで実験的なジャズが楽しめる。"SWP Records has released The Sharp Wood Years cd to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. I enjoy Michael Baird's early playing recorded almost 30 years ago. His jazz music sounds experimental, primitive and pop, and also has a latin flavor. Congratulations, Michael!"