Burning House is a bombastic sonic summit created by beat-maker extraordinaire Chief Xcel (Blackalicious) and keyboard wiz Hervé Salters (aka General Elektriks). One of the founding members of heralded San Francisco Bay Area Hip-Hop collective Quannum Projects (Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, Latyrx …), Xcel met Salters when the latter moved from his native France (Paris) to S.F in the early 2000s. Quickly realizing that they both shared a common love for all things funky and irreverential, and both agreeing that when it comes to music, anything goes, The Chief would go on to invite Hervé and his vintage keys on numerous tracks and projects, while Salters invited Xcel on his first album as General Elektriks.
2012 four CD set containing remastered editions of the first four solo albums from the singer/songwriter and Rock icon. Includes the albums Neil Young, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush and Harvest. Warner.
When Lester Koenig produced Burning Spirits for Contemporary in 1970, jazz was moving in many different directions. Commercially, jazz had lost a lot of ground to rock and R&B, but creatively, it was incredibly healthy and offered a wide variety of options – everything from fusion, soul-jazz, and funky organ combos to bossa nova, Afro-Cuban jazz, modal post-bop, cool jazz, and Dixieland revivalists. Sonny Simmons represented free jazz, which was considered jazz's lunatic fringe (certainly in bop circles) but was exciting and invigorating if you understood what was going on.