Saturday, May 13, 2006

Nicky Skopelitis 'Ekstatis' (Bill Laswell production)

Nicky Skopelitis
Nicky Skopelitis, was born in New York, studied the trumpet as a child before moving to the guitar and a plethora of stringed instruments. Greek by heritage, he had an ever increasing interest in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern musical styles. During his teenage years he became a key player on the East Village downtown "no wave" scene, and in the late 70s and early 80s performed with Bill Laswell in the avant-rock outfit Curlew and in later manifestations of Material as well as with various off shoots & other Laswell productions. This 1993 solo effort is regarded as his quintessential album.
MoogPower Rating: 4

According to Bob Tarte, "When Ekstasis's free-floating anxiety is at its peak, it could almost be the disc that Can fans have been waiting for since Ege Bamyasi." would you classify this one? Atmospheric, ambient, world-trance? So, I just tagged it as avantgarde!

The Players:
Nicky Skopelitis: electric six and twelve string guitars, coral sitar, baglama, slide guitars, dobro; Jah Wobble (1,4,5,7,8,9): bass; Bill Laswell (2,3,6,10): bass; Zakir Hussain (1): tabla; Foday Musa Suso (1,4,7,8,9): doussongoni, kora; Simon Shaheen (1,2,4,6,9): violin, oud; Jaki Liebezeit (2,4,5,7,8,9): drums; Guilherme Franco (2,3,4,6,10): cuica, little hammer, whistle, electric berimbau, cuica, cowbell, tambourine, congas; Bachir Attar (2,5): flute, ghaita; Amina Claudine Myers (2,3,5,6,8,10): Hammond B-3 organ; Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste (3,6,10): drums; Aiyb Dieng (3,5,6,8): chatan, talking drum, metals.

Please see comments for track list.


At 3:26 pm, May 13, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

01 Tarab (NS,BL,JW) (7:19)
02 Meet Your Maker (NS) (5:57)
03 Ghost of a Chance (NS) (5:06)
04 Proud Flesh (NS) (4:48)
05 Sanctuary (NS,BA,JW) (5:57)
06 One Eye Open (NS,BL) (4:41)
07 Heresy (NS,Suso,JW) (5:36)
08 Jubilee (NS,Suso,JW) (4:39)
09 Witness (NS,SS,JW) (7:34)
10 Telling Time (NS) (4:57)

At 7:47 pm, May 13, 2006, Blogger Paxjorge said...

Wow, neat man! And I'm also looking forward to the Ali Farka Toure - I remember about ten years ago or a little more when he did something with Ry Cooder. Ever since this African dude has been on the top of my quality list, even though I've heard very little of his work. Great posts!

At 8:23 pm, May 13, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

Cheers pax - your comments are always appreciated. Hope ya diggin' the soundz.

Got a fair bit more Laswell material too, not to mention Toure on vinyl & ya he sure is quality - well spoken!

At 11:29 pm, May 13, 2006, Blogger Koen said...

I got this album a few years ago, but I just wanted to say that's it's brilliant!

At 9:38 am, May 14, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

Cool Koen...I've had this for about 12yrs & hadn't played it for some time until I posted. I'd almost forgotten that this was quite a gem!

At 6:11 pm, May 14, 2006, Blogger Chardman said...

Woo Hoo!
Thanks for posting this album!
I've been looking for all that classic Laswell/Axion stuff for a while now.
Skopelitis' duet album with Sonny Sharrock is pretty good too.

At 9:16 pm, May 14, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

I have the Sonny Sharrock album. Will post sometime soon. Actually have a fair bit of Axiom/Laswell works.


At 11:49 pm, May 15, 2006, Blogger kevin said...

Please keep the Laswell/Axiom stuff coming. It's very difficult to find as most of its out of print. I'm having trouble getting this file ... connection keeps dropping. Anyone got this on RS or Megaupload?

At 7:35 am, May 16, 2006, Blogger Slidewell said...

Ummm, may I have the password please?
I can't seem to find it anywhere . . .

Hey, thanks for posting Nicky's album. I've been a fan of Laswell's releases since back in the day. I'm looking forward to listening . . .

At 11:09 am, May 16, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

slidewell P/W=

Kevin...sorry, 'bout badongo. It's quite obvious now that when their servers are really busy some folks have these kind of probs.

I am trying not to post so much at bad, but then again many peeps do not like r/s, plus also I seem to have real probs upping there; 50% or more of the time after nearing completion it seems to time out saying page unable to load - very painful.

Please be patient & try in an off peak time in your area.

At 12:17 pm, May 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

cheers on the Bill Laswell joint, he's becoming my favorite artist as of late.

At 10:05 pm, May 18, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

Cool anon...he's been one of mine for some time now!

At 5:51 am, August 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a fantastic album. I've been listening to it with some frequency for 14? years now. When you start with Jaki Liebezeit (Can) and Ziggy Modeliste (The Meters) as your drummers you're off to something serious right there.

At 10:52 pm, August 06, 2006, Blogger MoogPower said...

Definitely...thanks for these comments - agreed wholeheartedly.


At 6:47 pm, August 26, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't open the file: I need a code.
How I can find it?
Thank you

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