Rucker, Paul / History of An Apology
Album: History of An Apology   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Rucker, Paul   Added:Dec 2003
Label:Jackson Street Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-01-19 Pull Date: 2004-03-22 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Feb 29 Feb 15 Feb 8 Feb 1
Airplays: 1 2 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 06, 2015: Rebop
All the Things I Thought ..., Parents Dance - Part One
4. Feb 13, 2004: Memory Select
History of An Apology
2. Jul 11, 2009: Music Casserole
Parents Dance - Part Two
5. Feb 12, 2004: These Holes Three
Parents Dance - Part Two
3. Feb 27, 2004: No Cover, No Minimum
Every Now and Then ...
6. Feb 06, 2004: Memory Select
Every Now and Then ...

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2004-01-22
Tuneful pieces with lots of players and accessible writing. Many tracks have the tunefulness of instrumental rock and a slightly funky snap. There's an overall melancholy even to the happier tunes, a slow feel even though the tempos are fast.

Which seems fitting, as the CD's subject is the Tuskeegee Syphillis Experiment, where the U.S. government tested the disease on blacks without their knowledge, from 1932-1972. President Clinton issued an apology in 1997. A summary:

Tracks get some extra texture from various background instruments, showing a nice attention to detail in the production. Also gives the music a joyously free lilt (see 3,5). One complaint: There's kind of a sameness to every track. On the plus side, just about any selection will be a good play.

1- Upbeat clarinet/sax trio. Short, sparse.
2*- A lazy funk, really nice. Dig the background accordion!
3- A peaceful late-afternoon feel. Slowly searing guitar solo by Bill Frisell
4- Snaky, slow feel
5*- Mid/fast and bright, w/ loping horn theme.
6*- Fast pattering beat. Tangly, confusing sax and guitar.
7- Opens w/female vocal wails.
8*- Vaguely ethnic/world feel, moderately fast

Track Listing
1. I Never Saw My Parents Dance   5. All the Things I Thought ...
2. Every Now and Then ...   6. Sunday Morning Walk in ...
3. History of An Apology   7. Lost Years
4. Parents Dance - Part One   8. Parents Dance - Part Two