Kip Hanrahan

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. Of Irish-Jewish extraction, film-maker/composer Hanrahan analogises the process of making music to that of the director assembling and motivating his cast. His first professional musical experience came as percussionist for a number of Bronx Latin bands. By the time he made his debut in 1981 with Coup De Tete he had established his own record label, American Clavé, and become a renowned local musician. His debut included Cuban percussion, jazz brass and saxophone and rock guitar, with contributions from Bill Laswell, Arto Lindsay and Fred Frith. Hanrahan improvised vocal sketches and passages of song over the resultant compositions, most of which were his own. For the subsequent Desire Develops An Edge, a kaleidoscopic record with influences drawn from New York’s diverse ethnic culture, Cream’s Jack Bruce took over vocals. He remained as the group’s singer for much of Hanrahan’s subsequent output. One...

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