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Label Watch: American Clave

Kip Hanrahan

It all started with a film that never got made. Kip Hanrahan, a Bronx-born composer, producer and bandleader hoped to bring together the texts of Ishmael Reed and the music of Cecil Taylor. But it eventually became apparent to Hanrahan, who had worked on a number of jazz recordings “from the inside out” that he could “make this piece as a record instead of a film for one tenth of the price and have control of the distribution as well.”

And so American Clave was born.

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