Kip Hanrahan

Kip Hanrahan (born December 9, 1954) is an American jazz music impresario, record producer and percussionist.

Kip Hanrahan
Born (1954-12-09) December 9, 1954 (age 65)
Bronx, New York City
GenresAfro-Cuban music, Latin jazz, funk, rock, blues, avant-garde jazz, downtown music
Record producer
LabelsAmerican Clavé


Hanrahan was born in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in the Bronx to an Irish-Jewish family.[1] He 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 musicians like Sting, Jack Bruce, Grayson Hugh, and Fernando Saunders.

He produced a number of significant recordings by the nuevo tango master Ástor Piazzolla in the last decade of Piazzolla's life, as well as recordings by Latin music figures including Jerry Gonzalez. Hanrahan also worked with the poet Ishmael Reed on three recordings with the Conjure Ensemble, featuring Taj Mahal on the first release. These side projects were not the only poetry-based discs: Darn It from 1994 celebrates the work of Paul Haines.[2]


  • Coup de tête (1981)
  • Desire Develops an Edge (1983)
  • Vertical's Currency (1984)
  • A Few Short Notes for the End Run (1986)
  • Days and Nights of Blue Luck Inverted (1990)
  • Tenderness (1990)
  • Exotica (1993)
  • All Roads Are Made of the Flesh (1995)
  • A Thousand Nights and a Night (1 - Red Nights) (1996)
  • A Thousand Nights and a Night (Shadow Nights 1) (1998)
  • A Thousand Nights and a Night (Shadow Nights 2) (1999)
  • Original music from the soundtrack to Piñero (2002)
  • Beautiful Scars (2007)
  • At Home in Anger (2011)
  • Crescent Moon Waning (2017)

With Conjure

  • Conjure: Music for the Texts of Ishmael Reed (1985)
  • Cab Calloway Stands in for the Moon (1988)
  • Bad Mouth (2006)


  1. ^ American Clavé Bio
  2. ^ "Kip Hanrahan: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved March 24, 2010.

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