Sound — 9
The atmosphere of the Gold Sparkle Band is just raw, raunchy and dirty. The album "Earthmover" is filled with free-form jazz and improvisation mainly featuring saxophone, trumpet, bass, and the drum-set. The solos are more like conversations between the instruments rather than pre-planned melodies and harmonies. In fact the only time a melody is heard is when it is an integral theme that is used between solos to trade the instrument in conversation. This record is also filled with spastic percussion work, wailing horn squeals, rusty saxophone antics, and little jabs of scuffs and scrapes from the bass. If you're searching for jazz with zero rules, abstract themes and atmospheres - look no further. Earthmover is an excellent showcase of what free-form jazz exists to be.
Lyrics — 10
Lyrics in Earthmover? There are none as it's instrumental music. The only human sounds made are nonsensical outbursts by the musicians who are overcome with the music. Some laughs can be heard slightly during solos and something along the lines of, "Uzzah-wuddely-wuddley!" can be heard in the intro of "T. W. Stomp". The use of human voice in this record is sparse and faint, but if heard, it adds a live feel that the musicians are immersed in the music.
Overall Impression — 8
Earthmover is either a hit or miss type of deal. It can be obnoxious and abrasive if the listener is not looking for wild, raw free-form jazz, and it can be ear-candy to those who have forgotten about the rules of music and just let loose. Tracks on this album that caught my attention were "T. W. Stomp", "Mista Ru D. Da", "Muhammad Ali", "Lunchroom Ladies Liberation Suite" and "Godline". I love this album just because of the atmosphere and complete freedom taken advantage of by the instrumentalists. Definitely something worthwhile to purchase for any jazz listener.