Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Francisco Mora Catlett is a percussionist, composer, music teacher and producer. He was part of the Sun Ra Arkestra from 1974 until 1979.
He lives in Detroit where he has a record label World Trade Music, a sublabel of Planet E.

In 2003, Francisco Mora Catlett performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival with the Big Band Outerzone. Besides Francisco Mora Catlett, the Outerzone band also featured Marshall Allen (of Akrestra fame) on sax and flute, and electronics and turntable wizard Carl Craig.

The above "Outerzone" album got released in 2007. Both Marshall Allen and Carl Craig are present on this disc, but especially Marshall Allen puts his stamp on these recordings.

This is truly amazing. A fanfare of rhythms and percussion, great jazz lines and melodies, and on top of all that you get the unique sound of Marshall Allen. Pure energy.

Essential listening.

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