Roy Haynes: Satan's Mysterious Feeling
Satan's Mysterious Feeling
Roy Haynes (drums)
Equipoise (Mainstream MDCD0715)
Carl Schroeder (electric piano), Mervin Bronson or Teruo Nakamura (bass), Lawrence Killian, Erwood Johnson (percussion).
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
After nearly 25 years of unrelenting playing and touring as a sideman to the stars, Roy Haynes changed course a bit come 1970, opting to run the first longstanding band of his career, The Hip Ensemble. It was an adventurous amalgamation of straight-ahead acoustic swing, avant-garde leaning improvisations, and intense, chugging funk. The group exposed the talents of tenor player George Adams, who would soon join forces with Charles Mingus, and trumpeter Marvin Hannibal Peterson, who would go on to play in Gil Evans's illustrious big band.
"Satan's Mysterious Feeling" is a fun, funky fusion track, complete with acoustic-horn front line, electric piano, and layers of percussion beneath Haynes's syncopated, 16th-note based groove. Haynes's choice to either leave space or add accents to the groove lends a funk/rock legitimacy to both the tune and the group, bringing to mind similarly conceived grooves by rock/fusion masters Tony Williams, Steve Gadd and Jack DeJohnette. With Haynes, Peterson, and Adams present, this track works as an honorable representative of 1970s funk/fusion, rather than the possible precursor to jam-band dullness it might otherwise have been.
Reviewer: Eric Novod