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24 Sep 2016

Dancer`s Inferno “Creation One” US 1973 Private Funk Jazz

Dancer`s Inferno “Creation One” US 1973 Private Funk Jazz 
Danser’s Inferno,“ a 14-piece jazz-rock group, was conceived by London-born composer-multi-instumentalist John Danser in the 1970s. The group performed in NYC at jazz clubs and concert halls and was considered one of the three foremost bands of the 70s, alongside the legendary Blood, Sweat, and Tears and Chicago. The record received a 5 star review by David Kerr of Variety Magazine. ….. 

There was a time when jazz, funk, and soul music meant absolutely nothing to me. I was fifteen when I bought my first garage-sale turntable and listened to my father’s Grateful Dead and Doors albums. Names like Otis Redding, Thelonious Monk, and Parliament were not in my vocabulary. Regardless, after that needle hit its first groove, I was hooked, and I hit the streets in search of new acquisitions. 

I convinced an older friend to drive to the Salvation Army one rainy afternoon. After an hour of digging, I was disappointed over the absence of my rock idols on disc, but did walk out clutching one LP whose graffiti-laden cover caught my eye. After one listen at home, my virgin ears unaccustomed to tremendous drum breaks and killer horn production, I filed the record away. A few years later, I stumbled upon an auction of this desirable piece of wax that ended at $1000. Within seconds, I located the diamond in the rough, blew away eons’ worth of dust, and gave John Danser the second chance he deserved. 

Creation One offer eight jaw-dropping tracks that are jam-packed with complex and over-the-top horn arrangements, all scribed by Danser, who plays his share of brass on the session. Fourteen unknown musicians make up his troupe, each contributing a dizzying array of talent. 

It’s easy to get lost within the depths of this disc, backtracking and dissecting countless breaks. In doing so, the last minute of “Love, the Rhythm of the World” often gets overlooked. Its hushed and quiet beginning belies the climactic peak of Randy Maddison’s vocals over one of the band’s tightest grooves. “Sombre Guitar,” the standout track that excites diggers around the globe, is an upbeat body-mover whose opening dose of horns and congas will get feet shuffling on the dance floor. 

Little is known about this enigmatic LP, except for two reissues in 1975: one with an alternate cover on Thimble, and the other an original pressing repackaged with sheet music. Needless to say, whatever copy you can obtain of this rarity is a keeper, whether you paid one dollar or a thousand. 

Bass – Jaime Austria 
Drums – David Cox 
French Horn – Bill Hamilton 
Guitar – Frank Vanto 
Layout – Boro Hall Graphics 
Organ, Clavinet – Mitchell Kerper 
Other [Librarian] – Daniel Danser 
Saxophone [Soprano, Bariton], Flute, Piccolo Flute – Larry Charles 
Saxophone [Tenor], Clarinet [Amplified], Flute – John Danser 
Trombone – Andy Matzkow 
Trombone [Bass] – Jim Morris 
Trumpet [Lead], Flugelhorn – Saul Lefkoff 
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Dave Tucker, Thomas Rheam 
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Congas – Fred Gaud 
Vocals – Randy Maddison 

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