Release Date: Sep 10, 2012
Record label: Disko B
We’re far too dignified to make a ‘wonder of the world’ gag, but the fourth album by The Pyramids is almost that remarkable. See, they formed in Ohio circa 1972, when cosmic jazz luminaries (Sun Ra, for example) were dotted around America’s musical landscape. Then, pioneeringly but logically, they explored their African-American heritage by actually going to Africa, before returning to music after some 35 years’ absence.
The Pyramids have not had an album in 35 years. There’s no use in finding out what the delay was because they are on a roll. Their 2007 reunion and subsequent tour was an unexpected success and they decided to take the good times to the studio. They have emerged with the double album (if you are a vinyl customer) Otherwordly, an effort positively stuffed with funky vamps, hollers, peace mongering and more than enough soloing to sound like the Art Ensemble of Chicago on their day off, or at least with significantly lower blood pressure.