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Will Calhoun

Will Calhoun

In 1993, Will Calhoun, Corey Glover, Vernon Reid, and Doug Wimbish-a.k.a. the genre-bucking rock-soul-funk band Living Colour-unleashed an album that bodyslammed societal ills with gut-check lyrics and sledgehammer musicianship. The ferocious recording was called Stain-if not the best rock album of the last decade, at least one of the most important.

That said, if you follow a listen of Stain with one of the Will Calhoun Quintet’s debut album, Live at the Blue Note (Half Note), your immediate reaction-barring heart palpitations and/or a desire to go mess with The Man-would undoubtedly be that the (since disbanded) Living Colour drummer had mellowed big-time over the last seven years. My advice: Listen again.

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