Roland Young

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Krentz Ratings:
Infinite Sound (1976), 6/10
Isophonic Boogie Woogie (1980), 6/10
First Record (1984), 5.5/10
I-Land, Hearsay Evidence, Regeneration (2002), 5.5/10
Twelve Elements (2005), 5.5/10
Isophonic Nation (2006), 5/10
Istet Serenade (2009), 5/10
Mystiphonics (2013), 5.5/10

Roland Young, who had already recorded with a vocal group Roland Young And The Velveteers, relocated to San Francisco in the 1960s where, as a jazz saxophonist, he formed the electroacoustic ensemble Infinite Sound with Glenn Howell (bass, percussion and vocals) and Aisha Kahlil (percussions and vocals), documented on Infinite Sound (1976).

he then released an unusual album of free-jazz, Isophonic Boogie Woogie (1980), scored for kalimba, saxophone, clarinet, voice, electronics, bells and chimes.

Moving to New York, he joined the Offs, a rock band, with which he recorded First Record (1984).

He continued to release unusual blends of genres: I-Land, Hearsay Evidence, Regeneration (2002) and Twelve Elements (2005). He later ventured into world-music with Isophonic Nation (2006) and cosmic music with Istet Serenade (2009).

Mystiphonic (EM, 2013) was more electronic than his previous works.

Confluences and Hear/Here were solo albums for for clarinet, bass clarinet, kalimba, NAF flute, keyboard, voice and electronics.

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