Dennis Warren's Full Metal Revolutionary Jazz Ensemble is one
of the venerable jazz groups of Boston. Together since 1987, the
band is rooted in musical partnerships that date back to 1971.
Although the group has been self-issueing cassettes and one CD
over the years (a number of which have been reveiwed in major
music magazines),"Watch Out!" is their first
commercially released recording, and their most varied and
accessible effort to date.
Along with Boston native Warren, the key member of the FMRJE
is composer/ trumpeter Raphe Malik. Malik is a veteran of
avant-garde piano giant Cecil Taylor's band, and played on a
number of Taylor's significant 1970's recordings, including the
half-million selling "Dark to Themselves."
Malik's compositions, reflecting the jazz tradition from
gutbucket blues to Miles Davis modalism, to Cecil Taylor energy
music, form the majority of the repertoire. The polyrhythmic
drumming of Warren and percussionist Martin Gil provide a
roiling, dancing, pounding backdrop for the four-horn frontline,
with an acoustic bass/electric guitar string section to tie it
Warren studied with Bill Dixon and Milford Graves at
Bennington College, and along with Gil, Malik and alto
saxophonist Tony Owens, studied with Cecil Taylor at Antioch
College. Bassist Larry Roland has been a steady performer on the
Boston/Roxbury jazz scene for over twenty years. Guitarist Tor
Yochai Snyder has been working with Warren since they met at
Bennington in 1980. Tenor saxophonist Raquib Hassan is a veteran
of the Roxbury scene, and flutist Earl Lawrence brings a
classical background to the FMRJE.
Personnel: Dennis Warren, Dms, timbalitos; Earl
Grant Laurence, flts.; Larry Roland, bs.; Martin Gil, congas,
perc.; Raphe Malik, tpt.; Raqib Hassan, ts; Tony Owens, as.; Tor
Yochai Snyder, el. gt.
Songs: 1.DC; 2.Adam's Garden Sketch; 3.Kablooey;
4.Mallets; 5.Song for the Resistance; 6.Baptism; 7.Currents