Joan As Police Woman, Tony Allen, Dave Okumu — „The Solution Is Restless“ (Nov. 5, 2021)

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♦⇒  „Děkuji, že děláte svět radostnějším a inspirativnějším místem.“ Při příležitosti nedožitých 81. narozenin Tonyho Allena vyjádřila Joan Wasser alias Joan As Police Woman svou největší lásku a obdiv k legendárnímu bubeníkovi a průkopníkovi Afrobeatu příspěvkem na sociální síti. Tento sentiment doprovázela fotografie z listopadu 2019, na které byl také Dave Okumu z kapely The Invisible, nominované na Mercury Prize. Snímek nabízí pohled do zvláštního času, který trio sdílelo, během kterého spolupracovali na noční improvizaci v pařížském studiu — jejíž první výsledky spatřily světlo světa minulý týden.
♦⇒  Nejsou zde žádné chytlavé tříminutové hity, ale jemně vytvořená emocionální cesta, která začíná prvním klepnutím na buben pozdního, skvělého průkopníka Afrobeatu Tonyho Allena. Take Me To Your Leader je silná melodická píseň inspirovaná novozélandskou premiérkou Jacindou Ardern, ve které ji Amerika žádá o radu, jak řídit zemi. Jinde se krásné, svůdné struny a dechy spojují, aby vytvořily oduševnělou a bohatou tapisérii. Vrcholem improvizací mezi třemi hudebníky v pařížském studiu, úvodní skladba sama o sobě je odvážných jedenáct minut, uvolněná s jazzovými basy a vrcholy klavíru, smyčců a perkusí, poháněná vpřed jemným tikáním hodin. Důvěrně známý zpěv Joan As Police Woman přemýšlí nad vrcholem.
Birth name: Joan Wasser
Born: July 26, 1970, Saint Andre, Biddeford, Maine
Origin: Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Album release: Nov. 5, 2021
Record Label: PIAS    
Duration:     55:49
Tracks:
01. The Barbarian   11:45    
02. Get My Bearings   4:47    
03. Take Me to Your Leader   3:32    
04. Masquerader   4:30    
05. Dinner Date   2:12    
06. Enter the Dragon   5:53    
07. Geometry of You   5:41    
08. The Love Has Got Me   4:49    
09. Perfect Shade of Blue   4:28    
10. Reaction   8:12
Personnel:
•   Joan Wasser — Vocals, Strings, Piano, 12 String Acoustic, Wurlitzer, Synths, Bass, Percussion, Production & Lyrics
•  Tony Allen — Drums
•  Dave Okumu — Bass (2~4, 6~10), Guitar (1, 2, 4, 8,1 0), Percussion (7)
•  Cole Kamen~Green — Trumpet
•  Damon Albarn — Vocals, Piano (2)
•  Meshell Ndegéocello — Bass (1)
•  Parker Kindred — Percussion (1)
•  Aviram Barath — Moog (1)
Credits:
•  Luke Moellman — Mixing
 Fred Kevorkian — Mastering
•  Recorded at Midilive Studios Villetaneuse France by Hugo Bracchi Trout Recording Brooklyn by Adam Sachs & at Wonderland. Reuben Butchart — Art Direction & Collage
•  Terrance Hayes — Artwork & Collage (front)
•  Daniel Amazu Wasser — Artwork Gatefold & Sleeves.
Thank You:
•  Damon, Meshell, Terrance, Dan, Tom Rose, Eric Comet, Stephane Ichai, BG, Rita Zappador, Ian Birrell, Jeff Pachman, all at PIAS and engineer extraordinaire Adam Sachs with whom I witnessed every season from the safety of the studio over Peppa’s & Luanne’s.
In honor of Tony Allen & Hal Willner who sparked the deepest magic in collaboration.

The Solution Is Restless Review by Timothy Monger. Score: ★★★★ 
♦⇒  A mercurial three~way collaboration between pop auteur Joan Wasser, Afro~beat icon Tony Allen, and producer Dave Okumu, The Solution Is Restless is a rangy and intriguing platter. Following her 2019 retrospective and subsequent covers project, this marks Wasser’s first new Joan as Police Woman material since 2018 and is among the final recordings made by Allen, who died in April 2020. The connecting thread between these two artists is apparently their mutual friend Damon Albarn, who introduced them in 2019 and also appears on a song here. Completing the project’s primary triangle is Dave Okumu, frontman for the eclectic London group the Invisible. With little obvious direction, the trio gathered in a Paris recording studio for an evening of free~form improvisations to which Wasser later added lyrics and sculpted into this unique ten~song set. Stitched together by sparse keyboard parts, Allen’s stuttering drum patterns, and muted guitar stabs, The Solution Is Restless is a sophisticated mood piece with an enchanting late~night feel. Rarely has Wasser sounded so seductive and strange as on highlights like the eerie, string~adorned “Dinner Date” or the slow~drip art~funk of 11~minute opener “The Barbarian.” Background murmurs and distant strings create the icy backdrop of “Enter the Dragon” while Allen explores with the nimble finesse of a master instrumentalist.
⊗  It’s an album to inhabit and get lost in — a headphone gem of subtle shivers and slow transitions birthed by unexpected bedfellows. Everyone involved shines, but for Wasser, it’s a feather in her cap and an excellent way to kick off the next phase in what continues to be an exciting career.
 https://www.allmusic.com/album/the-solution-is-restless-mw0003557474
Interview with Dave: https://www.hiphopleakers.com/music-is-an-act-of-service-dave-okumu-interviewed/
BY TRACY HYMAN ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2021. Score: 4.5/5
⊗   https://narcmagazine.com/album-review-joan-as-police-woman-tony-allen-dave-okumu-the-solution-is-restless/
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