Ari Brown – Ultimate Frontier
Delmark DE 486 (1996)
The music on Ultimate Frontier is all rooted in an earthy, highly emotional center. Its inherent accessibility stems from the music’s base in raw expression – A joyous shout or a lilting cry of sadness that requires no translation or explanation. The highlights of Ari Brown’s activity include being part of the current version of Elvin Jones’ Group (which he first joined in 1979) and Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio. He has also recorded with Lester Bowie, Malachi Thompson, Von Freeman, Bobby Watson and many others. Parts of Ultimate Frontier, Ari’s debut as a leader, absolutely burn, but the smoke emits not only the dazzling volatility of immediacy and vigor, but the smoldering intensity and passion of experience.