Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics – “No More Drama”


When Miles Davis has a nickname for you (“Chops”) and you’ve played with the likes of David Bowie (on “Let’s Dance”) and Mick Jagger (“Dancin’ the Street”), there’s little left to prove to anyone in terms of music credentials. But it also makes sense that someone with that pedigree would also have a ceaseless drive for creativity, which is certainly the case with Mac Gollehon, who has had a very respectable solo career in addition to his work with the likes of Bowie, Jagger, Duran Duran, Grace Jones and Nile Rodgers. His latest album/project, Mac Gollehon & the Hispanic Mechanics, expands Gollehon’s trumpet playing into a realm of futuristic EDM and salsa. Those styles may sound like they could result in an incohesive clash – and for many artists it would – but on new single “No More Drama” Gollehon mixes his passionate brass performances with a salsa-like rhythmic backing and EDM layering effects. It results in something that sounds simultaneously nostalgic and forward-thinking. It’s another success in Gollehon’s career to date.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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