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New Tones

4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 9, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ubiquity
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nu Tones
2. Hand And Mouth
3. Fourth Ward
4. Reasons
5. New Song
6. Divisions
7. Where Do We Go
8. One To One
9. If You Want
10. Book Of Right On
11. Sarvodaya

Editorial Reviews


"A fresh, War-inspired take on Afrobeat or New Orleans second-line jazz" -- MOJO

"Bergman has taken NOMO well to the next level on its sophomore effort, forging a clattering, vital sound." -- PITCHFORK

"Eight-headed future-jazz geniuses" -- ALTERNATIVE PRESS

"NOMO continue to dazzle on its second album... A-" -- THE ONION A.V. CLUB

This Detroit-area Afrobeat band makes huge strides on its second album" -- CHICAGO READER

Product Description

Homemade Detroit electronics and huge horn sections blast big band funk and riotous jazz. Nomo's roots are firmly planted in the fertile soil of African polyrhythm and American free jazz and the band puts on a must-see live show. "New Tones" is a full-color, spiritual soundscape that marries the exotic with the gritty. "Nomo can get to the smoking funk of the Africa 70 and Egypt 80, not unlike the way Jerry Gonzalez cut up his Latin jazz and hard bop album 'Crossroads' with snippets of authentic, percussion-only rumbas to take the listener to Cuba between Latin takes on Monk and Mingus" - Dusted Magazine.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin' Afrobeat May 30, 2006
By Geoff P
Format:Audio CD
This album is pure smokin' afrobeat. Just throw this disc in and party. Newtones captures the raw energy of their live shows and gives it to you in a convenient package that you can listen to whenever you want. It's my favorite cd right now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Tones: Great Sounds May 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Ann Arbor's Nomo creates a sound that sounds like the JB's horn section jamming with Can, with Tony Allen on loan from Fela sitting in on drums. If that sounds good to you, it's worth checking out this band. Funky polyrhythm's wound tightly together and bathed in tight, unison horn charts with snaky keyboards and guitars skittering about, creates a tasty musical stew. One can hear influences ranging from African sounds, funk, dub, to big band and free jazz incorporated into their music. NEW TONES is my first adventure with this talented group and I'll be certain to dig deeper into their catalog.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Music for car chases January 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Nomo is funky, frantic music. As such it is the perfect soundtrack for chase scenes and montages of Shaft walking down the street. Before you get offended and start to snap off an angry letter, you can't imagine what high praise that soundtrack sentence is meant to be.

The percussion wades neck deep into polyrhythms that call to mind generations of African drummers, the bass-lines rest firmly in the tradition of American funk, and everything else sticks closely to the basics of big band jazz. Nomo hit the ground already at full sprint and top quality with "Nu Tone." No build-up here, just right into things, and we hope you catch up. A deep Detroit electro-style bass line sets the pace and the horn players expend every ounce of their strength in keeping up.

The horns and other instrumentation are excellent, but it's really the rhythm section that drives New Tones. By the time the percussion and bass lines are established, it would take an assortment of miserable artists to mess up the songs presented here. Need proof? Listen to the bass line on "We Do We Go" or the absolute grime of the rhythm on "Fourth Ward." Occasionally add a funky rhythm guitar to the mix like Nomo does on "If You Want" and it becomes clear which side of the rhythm vs. melody spectrum this group butters its bread on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Afrobeat is Only the Beginning December 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Calling this album afrobeat is a bit of a disservice. While that is one of its undeniable roots and what brought me to buy the album, as other reviewers have pointed out it has none of the pitfalls of the genre. The songs are not all interchangeable or unbearably long. A few of them are even beautiful. All of them, however, are fantastic.

And yes, it's jazzy, it's funky, and some times it even rocks. Nu Tones shows NOMO's remarkable diversity, track to track.

Add to that consistency. There's no filler here, just a fantastic album from opening notes to epic finale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully fresh album with flowing melodies October 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album will never go down in the annals of history as "The Best Jazz Album" or even "The Best Afrobeat Album", it will is not groundbreaking, and few people will hear it. However this album is an absolutely rock solid album that I can listen to from beginning to end without changing a track at all. I have my favorites, as everybody does, but there are no offensively bad songs. All of the songs, including the ballad Sarvodaya, are extremely funky and grooving. It is nearly impossible to not dance when listening to this album.

My top three favorite from most to least are:
Forthward, Sarvodaya, Nu Tones

All of the soloists on this album are spot on stylistically and are quite technically superb.

Overall, this album is a great great listen.
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