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Kip Hanrahan


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Kip Hanrahan (born December 9, 1954) is an American jazz music impresario, record producer and percussionist. Born to an Irish-Jewish family in the Bronx, New York.

Hanrahan has an unusual role in the albums released under his name, one which he has analogized to that of a film director. He assembles players and materials, combining modern/avant-garde/free jazz figures like Don Pullen and Steve Swallow, Latin jazz players such as Milton Cardona and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, and occasionally rock singers like Sting and, most notably, Jack Bruce.

Hanrahan produced a number of significant recordings the Nuevo Tango master Astor Piazzolla in the last decade of Piazzolla’s life, as well as recordings by Latin music figures Jerry Gonzalez, Milton Cardona, and others.

yelloo’s journal | dramatizing latin jazz | 21 Jan 2008, 05:22
Kip Hanrahan is a man of talent and skill. He can bring a wide range of instruments, vocals (both spoken and sung), and musical genres together while keeping a very concrete stylistic integrity. I like the avant-garde spin that brings a hint of mystique and a lot of drama. No wonder he sees himself as a kind of stage director. His albums are a play without actors, a script without dialogue. His music can overcome potential clashes in meaning, instruments, and the culture that each musical genre represents by invoking listeners’ imagination.

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  • Akayz7

    lack of acclaim is disturbing.

    17 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Akayz7

    hell yeah homie ;)

    17 Feb 2014 Reply
  • v11v11v

    How crazy is this - I'm a huge fan of Kip Hanrahan yet his coverage is so poor that I only discover he has a new album, his first in over four years, three months after it was released. I search online for reviews and can find none. Shame!

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • cobra-65

    Kip's music are like rare gems--dazzling, precious and hard to find!

    2 Dec 2010 Reply
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  • gilliananne

    Amazing : )

    23 Aug 2010 Reply
  • johnkieffer2

    music made for 2.30am

    30 Jul 2010 Reply
  • v11v11v

    Edgy, sexy, noisy, confrontational, blue, sensual, witty, scary, provocative, engaged and sooo cool... I imagine an oblique biography filmed in the shadows of Cuba, New York, maybe Bruce Weber directing...

    29 May 2010 Reply
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    9 Mar 2010 Reply
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    27 Feb 2010 Reply
  • uppis5

    I'm shouting !!

    13 Sep 2009 Reply
  • gakko

    I saw him live around 1991. Jack Bruce played the bass. Fantastic live act...

    9 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Neillie

    Bam! BAM!

    18 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Ritas_Musik

    When I shouted the first time to this music? - Not only to wave with my hands........ - my husband cought me with this sounds - our baby? - not yet - he`s now 20 years old! - Kip thank you for your wonderful crazy and sexy compositions!!! I still enjoy it the same way. Rita

    17 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Audio-drug

    Pim! Shout again

    28 Mar 2008 Reply
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  • koalamanchester

    No shouts? whoa.

    23 Oct 2007 Reply

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