Philadelphia's SONIC LIBERATION FRONT returns to Tritone (1508 South St.) on Thursday March 14th, 2002. The brainchild of percussionist and composer Kevin Diehl, Sonic Liberation Front is an eight piece group the brings together traditional and avant-garde jazz, Afro-Cuban music and electronics into a surprising and ground-breaking mix. Since the release earlier this year of their debut WATER AND STONE (Eye Dog), Sonic Liberation Front has received an avalanche of rave press from a long list of magazines internationally. As successful as WATER AND STONE is, it's in a live setting that SLF really catch fire. Join us at Tritone on January 3rd and prepare to join the front. Also on the bill spinning jazz/funk/soul/hip-hop and electronic music is WRPB DJ Dan Buskirk.
The Wire, Great Britain (April 01)
... one of the most arresting openings on a commercial album since Malcolm McLaren began DUCK ROCK with Lucumi Cult drummimg back in 1983. ...you realize Kevin Diehl has achieved a genuine fusion of Cuban percussion and Jazz....and it's an extraordinary listen"
CMJ, U.S. (March 26th '01)
Perhaps the Art Ensemble of Chicago would have sounded like this if the members had come from Cuba, or perhaps they are Sun Ra refugees who decided to go back to Africa rather than return to Saturn with Sunny, but the group has got it right. Seek and ye shall be rewarded."
Jazz Magazine, France (June '01)
The Sonic Liberation Front resulted from the meeting in Philadelphia of two bands involved in alternative jazz and santeria - the members of each band already familiar with the other's universe and drummer Kevin Diehl playing in both. This is not your latest flavor-of-the- month music concocted by a couple all-terrain" jazzmen trying to mix (re-integrate) a variety afro-american sounds into satisfactory or satisfying sound: this project is created by men who assume their places and know their way around the music."
Cadence, U.S. (June '01)
'Their music combines African and Cuban ritual intensity with non-stop pulsating percussion and ceremonial chanting. What gives the songs their provocative edge is the way the reeds and brass cut loose from the rhythmic base to explode with spontaneous fury. This band is capable of fanning the flames to searing temperatures."
Time Out, New York, U.S. (June 21-28,2001)
...praise music for now people, electronica for folkies, alterna-jazzfor worldbeaters and earthy music for the urbane."
AllAboutJazz.com (February 2001)
..hard to describe, hard to resist, and hard to put down.'
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