JACK BRUCE, KIP HANRAHAN, STEVE SWALLOW, MILTON CARDONA, DAVID MURRAY, ARTO LINDSAY, IGNACIO BERROA, PUNTILLA ORLANDO RIOS, PETER SCHERER, FRISNER AUGUSTIN, ELYSEE PYRONNEAU
produced by Kip Hanrahan
recorded February 1984
"***** Master chef Kip has cooked himself a scrumptious meal: Afro-Cuban soul food with some poetry chops on the side... Vertical's Currency stands to establish Kip as a vital force on the music scene. It proves once and for all that Jack Bruce is indeed a first rate vocalist of extraordinary passion and sensitivity..."
Bill Milkowski, Downbeat
"What it sound like? Like tangos, like salsa, like sambas, very tropical and layered with Jack Bruce's Celtic bop vocals and David Murray's effervescent and exultant sax. This features some of the most lyrical tenor work Murray's ever put on record. Consider yourself cosmopolitan? Well, if you don't know the work if Kip Hanrahan, you just faking it, bubba. Vertical's Currency is the soundtrack, from a movie shot on location in one truly cosmopolitan imagination"
Greg Tate, Spin
"One of 1985's Ten Best Records ..." Fernando Gonzalez, Boston Globe
"One of 1985's Ten Best Records ..." Richard Gere, Spin
Feature Pick: "This is a cool, sensual album on the surface, but the thing burns red hot in its belly."
"That most rare of things, a genuinely new music... Wonderful. Seek and enjoy."
Richard Elms, The Face (England)