Blood on the Leaf

  • Blood on the Leaf

This is the beginning.
Back in the summer of 1999 Greg Tate gathered a crew of eight musicians to flesh out an idea he had for a new type of band, to perform a new type of music. Those sessions and the following jams at Shariff Simmon’s throwdowns in the basement of CBGBs led to this recording.

Of the 12 musicians (not including tracks 1 & 6 by Moomtez, a previous Tate inception) on this recording, many are still up in the sugar of the Arkestra Chamber today.

Track List

  1. Steals a Kiss from the Merman
  2. Harpoon (Bris)
  3. Sirens of Triton
  4. Gnawalickenlalibella
  5. 04.29.92 Justice on the Flex
  6. A Blood Sample from Errol Garner
  7. Blood on the Leaf listen
  8. Beloved
  9. The Third Bleed
  10. Spartacus Free the Slaves! (featuring Kirk Douglas) Listen



“on "Sirens of Triton" ... After calling for Vijay Iyer's spare, funky acoustic piano solo, Tate gradually surrounds him with rich, thick textures from electric guitars, synthesizer, and electronic and acoustic percussion. "Gnawalickenlallibella" opens in 6/4 time with Iyer's steady arppegios overlaid with "choked" staccato lines from electric guitar and synthesizer, giving the song the feel of needle on vinyl. Three minutes later here comes Swiss Chris banging out drum n' bass beats, until Tate moves the band into another mode where the guitars sound like sitars playing scales reminiscent of an Indian raga. The amazing thing about Tate's concept is the way it draws on aesthetics of sampling and yet it is completely improvised instrumental music.”
by  Robin D.G Kelley