Harriet Tubman / I Am a Man
Album: I Am a Man   Collection:General
Artist:Harriet Tubman   Added:Jan 1999
Label:Knitting Factory, the  

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 08, 2008: Memory Select
Where We Stand

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2008-02-08
Languid guitar trio spinning little soundscapes and beatless jams.

Problem: Brandon Ross uses a very stereotypical rock/blues guitar sound that kind of hurts the effect. It's that "burning" rock sound used by people like Hiram Bullock.

The original KZSU review circa 1999 blasted this album for being "lame, limp, exhausted" ... and I can understand why. I'm able to tolerate it a lot more than that, but this isn't soaring Knitting Factory free jazz; it's closer to rock musicians taking a pass at "jazz." Worst offender is track 4.

Still, there's enough to like. Tracks 2 and 6 are good, a bit drifty and dreamy; it's the drums that really make the sound there, rolling in fast jazzy cymbal tapping while the guitar and bass paint a slow, lingering picture.

I do like parts of the album, but I can see where it could grate on you.

Track Listing
1. Savannah   7. Asiatic Research
2. Where We Stand   8. Moly
3. Hards Dry   9. Frozen Fire
4. Adapted   10. Irridescent Shark-Skin Suit
5. Take Out   11. 2 Man Army
6. High Black Skin   12. Re-Adapted