‘A confident and eclectic record, produced by percussion legend Airto Moreira and informed by his folky spirituality, without succumbing to the rareified or pretentious.’ Linton Chiswick, Time Out, 25.4.95
‘This is way beyond the shaky promise of Byron’s early singles and so it proves he’s one to watch after all.’ Martin Langley, Q.
‘A superb and challenging listen from start to finish… Make no mistake:- Byron Wallen is a man of taste and his first foray proper has a great many flavours to savour.’ Gary Mulholland, Echoes, 22.4.95
“The idea of the album is a journey through someone’s life. It could be at any time. they could come from any culture,” Byron Wallen explains the concept behind his debut for MELT. It’s a madly eclectic recording, which veers from straight jazz, fusion and Latin to avant garde, hip hop and funk, all blended into a gleaming-but-edgy whole, and focussed by Byron’s increasingly distinctive and primal blowing. Mystical voices flow into mist-shrouded skin-pattering, burnished horns scribbling around Afro-vocalising with Wallen also giving the nod to forerunners like Don Cherry and Lester Bowie.
Personnel: Byron Wallen Trumpet and Flugelhorn, Richard Ajileye Percussion, Gary Crosby Bass, José Neto Guitar, Marcina Arnold Vocals, Lemn Sissay ‘Crazy Black’ poetry, Airto Moreira production & inspiration, Orphy Robinson Vibes, Ed Jones Sax