Revolutionary Love, Fred Ho
P.S. Long live the revolutionary spirit of another Asian freedom fighter, Yuri Kochiyama! We love you, Yuri because you loved us!--Marvin X
Fortunately, as veteran members of the Black Panther Party who do not acknowledge the HPN Foundation's
"U.S. government approved copyright claims"; Both the Peoples Survival Program and the Sekou Odinga Defense Committee will have a Very Limited Number Of Rare "New & Unused Copies" Of Fred Ho's "All Power to the People: The Black Panther Suite Jazz DVD" Available For Only $30.00...
During His Sunday, August 10, 2014 Birthday Tribute @ ShapeShifter Lab - 18 Whitwell Place -Brooklyn, NY 11215
All of the proceeds from these "1st Come/RSVP" DVD sales will be equally divided amongst the U.S. Political Prisoner freedom campaigns for Black Panther PP/POW's Russell "Maroon" Shoatz, Sekou Odinga and the community based projects of the IFCO/Safiya Bukhari-Albert Nuh Washington Foundation's NYC based "Peoples Survival Program (PSP)"
The work is an ardent piece of agitprop celebrating to the point of hagiography the militant Black power group. Whether one buys into the message will be determined by how one feels about the Black Panthers to start with.
Those who view them as a force of the empowerment of oppressed people and militants who linked the struggles of African-Americans with the worldwide socialist struggle will be inspired. Those who view them as ineffective political poseurs more interested in sloganeering than actual action will not be converted. The graphics by Paul Chan evoke old pamphlets and cheaply produced political news sheets. Elsewhere, faces of politicians and other foes swell and shrink in a digital equivalent of drawing a moustache on a picture. And the exclamation mark-pocked titles match that tone.
The main attraction of the DVD, though, is Ho's suite. The music strikes a suitably militant tone. Anchored by his own baritone saxophone, the ensemble, sounding much larger than eight pieces, barks out the lines. Still, Ho has clearly learned from Ellington by way of Mingus about voicing saxophones. He draws a lush, vibrant sound from the band that is especially evident on "Loving the People Is a Love Supreme!
The Personal Is Political!" Sam Furnace summons the spirit of the free jazz pioneers of the 1960s as he screams over the ensemble on "All Power to the People!" On "Funeral for the Fallen Martyrs" he juxtaposes these saxophones with stinging electric guitar from Michele Navazio to create an eerie cop show soundtrack. Here and elsewhere the music achieves subtlety without sacrificing power in contrast to the smug doctrinaire tone of the graphics.