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    Guy Klucevsek/Phillip Johnston “Tales from the Cryptic” [Winter & Winter]

    FWIW, we’ve never met but I’ve always heard Guy’s name
    pronounced clue-SEHV-ick. Including by his understudy
    Miss Murgatroid! Klucevsek’s accordion is not as
    crazy here as her free-based version, or even some of
    Guy’s earlier work. Johnston’s alto/soprano sax seems
    to pull higher, clearer, cleaner tiny notes out of the
    bellows. This is feathery, but with melodies that are
    just gorgeous. The Satie tribute (#7) is a start for
    that. As is “The Gift” (#4), the slipperiness of “The
    Needless Kiss” (#14), gypsy twists in “No More Mr.
    Nice Guy” (#9 but sadly *not* an Alice Cooper cover,
    would not have surprised me if Klucevsek had done so).
    Instead that has a nice Balkan bounce to it. This album
    does not rely on shock and gimmicks. The interplay of
    Klucevsek’s right hand parrying with Johnston, while he
    pumps the accompaniment is no mean feat. Tastes like
    European jazz in parts, rising notes, hyperclean sound.
    Yet circus flavors waft too.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 29, 2005 at 2:30 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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