Strange Groove Picnic

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Track Listing:


1. Teeth

2. Pop Music/Shake

3.Cristen Alaina Cassel

4.War/Uncle George/Return to She

5. Non-Descript

6. Half Blues

7. I'll Have Mine Scrambled

8. Pump City


Musicians on 'Strange Groove Picnic' -


Andre Desilets: Sax
Sam Sotelo: Drums
Daniel Seeff: Guitar
Mark London Sims: Bass,Voice
Cover Art Painting: 'African Mask' by Tim Stephens

Written and Produced by Mark London Sims
Explicit: for Mature Listeners

Teeth

This track is from Strange Groove Picnic.

Limited Expression

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Track Listing:


1. He Just Said Yes

2. Kickin' Back And Hustlin'

3. Neck and Neck

4. Down Racism

5. Money First

6. Concrete Hard

7. Turn It Around

8. Rita

9. Music Should Change Instantaneously


Musicians on ‘Limited Expression’ -


Carla Drew: Vocals, lyrics on “Turn It Around”
Derrick Conyers: Vocals,Trumpet
Jimmy Roberts: Sax
Leonice Shinneman: Tabla, Vibes, Percussion
Gerald Couchman: Drums
Alan Mark Lightner: Bongos (solo), Tambourine
Dorrel Salmon: Keyboards
Russ Henry: Percussion
Blair Sherrill: Drums
Mark London Sims: Bass, Guitar, Fender Rhodes, Keyboards, Percussion, Drum Machine, Background Vocals and Voice.
Wendell Wiggins: graphic design

Written and Produced by Mark London Sims


Explicit: For Mature Listeners

Turn It Around

From 'Limited Expression.'

Review of 'Limited Expression'

 Mark London Sims
Limited Expression
(London Bum Music)


Bassist  Mark London Sims’ new album, Limited Expression, closes with the  original “Music Should Change Instantaneously,” a title which hints at  the underlying philosophy guiding his life as a musician. An intuitive  player in jazz, R&B, reggae and beyond, Sims has forged a path  through music including work with free jazz-meets-world music pioneer  Don Cherry (innovative collaborator with Ornette Coleman, and father of  Neneh Cherry), and with Ben Harper, Dave Wakeling, hip hop star Sonja  Marie and reggae icon Joe Higgs. An appetite for change mixes with an  abiding respect for the specific musical traditions he engages in.

     Elements of change and versatility also extend to Sims’ tools of  expression. Limited Expression finds Sims donning hats as bassist,  vocalist, keyboardist, guitarist, rapper, and as a flexible  conceptualist. Just as his bass playing is both a grounding and  expanding force, Sims’ album is an R&B project, at root, but is  freely colored and fortified by jazz, reggae rhythms, touches of hip  hop, and other impulses.    

    Sims comes to his eclecticism  naturally. In the ‘80s, after studying at Cal Arts with such teachers as  Charlie Haden and James Newton, Sims quickly plied his skills as a  bassist in a variety of settings. Early on, he pursued his ear for  avant-garde ideas, as a founding member of the adventurous world-jazz  band project Dark (featuring percussionist Mark Nauseef) and part of the  Nels Cline Trio (guitarist Cline now plays with Wilco, in addition to  his own chancier projects).

All told, over the past twenty years,  Sims has appeared on more than twenty albums, including Don Cherry’s  Multi-Kulti, Ben Harper’s Like a King, Ghetto Stout by the Untouchables,  Beautiful Day by Eels, and How Love Really Loves, by Sonja Marie. Along  the way, he has also worked with Stevie Wonder, L. Shankar, the Watts  Prophets, and Mighty Sparrow.

With Limited Expression, though,  Sims puts his musical gifts forward in a more personal way, distilling  ideas and experiences from the past two decades in music. Although Sims  played many of the tracks on his project, he has also enlisted good  musical company here. Carla Drew lends her supple soul voice to “He Just  Said Yes,” “Neck and Neck,” and “Turn it Around” (which she also  wrote). Derrick Conyers vocalizes on “Kickin’ Back and Hustlin’,”  “Concrete Hard--” a moody soul tune with sprinklings of reggae in the  mix—and on the chant-like “Music Should Change Instantaneously.” Conyers  also adds flurries of trumpet as the song fades, after a disarming  mid-song interlude of tabla, from percussionist Leonice Shinneman.

On  the medley “Down Racism/Money First,” he shows his skills in using the  studio as creative lab, layering tracks beneath his heated,  socially-charged rap delivered coolly in his easy-does-it tones as he  decries social and racial inequities in today’s America. Righteous  indignation gives way to sweet lyricism on the instrumental piece  “Rita,” with Sims laying down the reflective melody on bass.

Limited Expression is a personal statement and also a progress report on a diverse musical life very much in motion.


-Josef Woodard
 April 18, 2006

Love Music

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Music Theory as Poetry written by Mark London Sims with over 75 poems. Cover Art and Graphic Design by Wendell Wiggins. Warning: Explicit Material.


                               Cymbals


All I am is a man

Centered on your love.

Dance with me tonight

Rock the stars above.


Too far to go

Too late to roll,

I think I’ll stay

And let you play my cymbals.


Love Music Demo

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