Alone Together CD (2012)

Artist: Karriem Riggins

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Product Overview


Label Stones Throw/emi
SKU 241572328
UPC 659457229825
UPC 14 00659457229825
Format CD
Release Date 10/22/2012
Author Karriem Riggins
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Technical Info
Producer Karriem Riggins
CatalogID STH 2298
Lable Name Stones Throw
Released 10/22/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 53m : 27s
UPC 00659457229825
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: Karriem Riggins.
Photographer: Gerard Victor.
Dozens of recordings released since the mid-'90s feature Detroit's Karriem Riggins. Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Roy Hargrove, and Paul McCartney have sought his drum skills, while hip-hop fans know the name more for production credits on releases by Common, J Dilla, Slum Village, and Erykah Badu. A several-hour playlist of Riggins' best work would blow minds. The man didn't get around to releasing music under his own name until 2012's Alone and Together -- sibling EPs combined for the compact disc format as Alone Together. Those who are well aware of Riggins' hip-hop side can probably tell, after scoping the 34-deep track list, the title of the last track, and the Stones Throw logo, that Alone Together might share some traits with Dilla's Donuts. Like that landmark release from Riggins' departed close friend and creative partner, this is a dizzying, ostensibly happenstance sequence of abstract beat flipping with tracks averaging 90 seconds in length. There are some differences. On a handful of selections, Riggins adds his own drums, keyboards, and, on one occasion, harpsichord. The samples, overall, are more obscure, often skirt the alien and the familiar, and are therefore more brain-wracking when it comes to identification. More notably, the album doesn't carry Donuts' emotional weight, but it's equally funky and more freewheeling -- an absolute joy to play repeatedly from front to back. Riggins' voracious craving for moving sounds crosses the States, Africa, and South America, and it entails not just the whole spectrum of jazz and R&B but early experimental electronic music, knuckle-dragging biker rock, and prissy instrumental pop. Some of the album's most stunning moments, like the heavenly "Oooooooooaaaaaaa" and the ringing/thumping/Nytropolitan "Orbiiz," are among the shortest in duration. Then again, nothing resembles a full-blown song. The only possibly point of contention is the (purposeful) brevity, or perhaps the fact that the flashy blaxploitation lounge funk of "F-rd Jingle" is cut short by a peculiar devil-shaming a cappella. Alone Together might frustrate those who want more. The high points are so affecting and brief as to provoke small acts of violent ebullience, like the destruction of fragile objects on shelves. But it will never tire. It's another remarkable achievement in magician-MPC interface. ~ Andy Kellman
Artist Overview
Producer and multi-instrumentalist Karriem Riggins often shifted between jazz and hip-hop. Primarily a drummer, he backed Betty Carter at the age of 17. Before he turned 20, he gained steady work with gigs, session dates, and production work. He also established a lasting creative relationship with rapper Common, beginning with 1997's One Day It'll All Make Sense. Throughout the 2000s, he continued to work with jazz musicians while collaborating with fellow Detroiters Slum Village and J Dilla. In 2012, he released recordings of his own. The sibling releases Alone and Together -- abstract, sample-heavy beat collages, close in spirit to Dilla's Donuts -- were released on vinyl and as digital downloads. They were combined as Alone Together for the CD format. ~ Andy Kellman
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 Round the Outside
3 From Detroit/Belle Isle
4 Moogy Foog It
5 Oooooooooaaaaaaa
6 Stadium Rock
7 Alto Flute
8 Orbiiz
9 Up
10 Forward Motion
11 Esperanza
12 Africa
13 Harpsichord Session
14 Water
15 Double Trouble
16 A7 Mix
17 Ding Dong Bells
18 Belle Isle Reprise
19 daOOOOOH!!
20 Tom Toms
21 Because
22 F-rd Jingle
23 Boy Is Doin It Right
24 Summer Maddness S.A.
25 Back in Brazil
26 Live at Bert's
27 No Way
28 6-40
29 I Need Love
30 K. Riffins
31 Voyager I 5000
32 Bring That Beat Back (Next Time)
33 Matador
34 J Dilla the Greatest
Product Attributes
Artist Riggins,Karriem
Label Stones Throw Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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