Bob Ya Head
Robert Hurst: His resume moves through Charles Lloyd (he works regularly with Lloyd when the reclusive artist ventures away from Big Sur), Tony Williams, Chris Boti,Wynton Marsalis, Jay Leno's Tonight Show Band, movie scores, teaching at the University of Michigan,Ann Arbor--okay everywhere. Bob Ya Head is a music mosaic from roots to where roots spread from jazz to pop and beyond. It was created on the run while commuting between LA and Ann Arbor, according to PR background notes.At the head of Bob Ya Head Hurst announces himself with a deep dark bass intro. "This is who I am and this where we are going." So begins a trip set to African rhythms and voice. The journey is seductive. It passes through "A Love Supreme" and into a musical trip of Hurst's choosing--voice, poetry, street sounds, elswhere--with his bass sometimes bowed, sometimes not, he is saying this is my music history--my dues--from roots to free and rap-hip-pop. It is a record that will capture you. Put it on, turn it up, but listen.