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    Fight The Big Bull – “All Is Gladness In The Kingdom” – [Clean Feed]

    all_is_gladness
    Many flavors on this 2010 Richmond, Virginny tentet CD led
    by guitarist Matt White. Eddie Prendergast prenderguests
    to help build the bridge of electic bass sighs from “Eddie
    and Cameron” into “Satchel Paige” on track 7. Steven Bernstein
    does more than guest, he waves the red flag and composes
    or arranges 4 of the 9 pieces here. Pinson Chanselle pounds
    and Brian Jones massacres tons of percussion at times, but
    this is not a Brotzmann blood bath. A lot of tastefills
    and trap thrills. White must be one helluva foreman, as this
    jury never erupts into 12 angry men. They get all misty eared
    on “The Sacred Harp” then go drunk dixieland on The Band’s
    “Jemima Surrender” after an Indy 500 intro. The Bull tiptoes
    through the proverbial china shop on “Rockers” but winds up in
    a space effects wormwhole. “Martin Denny” felt more like an
    homage to Philip Cohran At times I heard this weird
    Bob Ezrin/Alice Cooper ghost, but that is probably just me.
    Bernstein definitely brings his punchy, stripper-grind savory
    faire sure to make this a crowd pleaser. A lot of mellow
    moments for a big band, but I dig the moments when brass tactics
    are employed in force. But usually that’s for a few bars as
    each song comes with several segments. Bullish on this for sure.

    -Thurston Hunger / KFJC

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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