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ARTIST
TITLE
Ragland
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SW 2008CD SW 2008CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/3/2005

"Spanning the distance between the living room and the mythic desert surrounding the Tucson barrio, between Erik Satie and Max Roach, John Convertino's home-recorded Ragland transmits an intimate immensity, a space Rainer Maria Rilke contemplated when he wrote, 'the world is large, but in us it is deep as the sea.' Indeed, the first full-length solo effort from the long-time Calexico and Giant Sand drummer/percussionist dives deep: the album maps many points of reference for Convertino's practice (spirituals and old western ballads being the obvious influences on tracks like 'Comb Your Hair With Water and Get to Church' or 'Buffalo Roam') yet wanders much further, toward horizons in minimalism and free jazz ('Bell Curve'). Sonically vast, Ragland postures solitude; it's an album made by one person that plays best when listened to alone."