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    Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet & Ne Zhdali – “Pollo d’Oro ” – [No Man’s Land]

    1998 release following a meeting of the musical minds, a
    Seattle slew of saxistas join Estonian tone stoners led by
    Leonid Soybelman. KFJC’ers might recognize Soybelman from
    his Kletka Red releases, with his great flat-tire guitar
    which shows up here striving to bend brittly around corners.
    The corners from the quartet though are mostly smooth, and
    well-rounded. At times they meet for a sort of European
    clown dance jazz, but when people sing (or better just
    cavort), things take on a more maniacal beauty. Something
    about the air of “Kansas” captures that kraziness at its
    best. When the Tiptonians taunt the bassist with faux wah
    wah’s before Leonid gets his chicken pecking guitar out,
    while I could see some people disliking it, I dig it every
    time. For similar reasons, “Argonauts” with its chicken
    adulation and checkered sonics also pleased my palate.
    Vadim Veeremaa and superhero Amy Denio soar on that track.
    “Wheel of Fortune” teaches some exotic bird (Denio?) to surf.
    Soybelman really is a great guitarist, as a singer he sounds
    kinda like a talking cigarette (see “Uke” and “No Moon, No
    Sun” here…both nice). Tracks 7 and 8 are just sketches
    and #11 is an outtake, actually two that have a lot silence
    in it…so beware. Evidently this was a hasty meeting brought
    about by a grant; their energies are well-matched…and they
    deserved a second date. KFJC needs to score more Ne Zhdali;
    a killer rhythm section of bassist Oleg Davidovitch/drummer
    Vitaly Redchits perk up a lot of the tracks.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 19, 2007 at 12:00 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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