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    L’Infonie “Vol 333” [Mucho Gusto]

    The intersection of the lines of madness and lines of genius
    may not be one point, but two coincident lines. Timeline here
    is 1972, behold the third release from Montreal’s ensemble
    L’Infonie. Apparently this galaxy of musicians revolved round
    a twin-star center of Walter Boudreau and Raoul Duguay, each
    respectively contributing it would seem order and disorder.
    The first disc can be sliced at different points to produce
    Sun Ra keyboard spirals, bluesy swagger, halleluiah chori,
    sputtering gibberish, pure prog rock, freeform jazz. Several
    themes recur, I love the way it gathers itself: horns shoot
    up out of sprawling piano, drum swatches and an anxious bass.
    I think the bass really holds a lot of this together, often
    it leads the themes. The second disk starts off with back to
    Bach numbers. Then in the midst of the “Prelude,” a garagey
    number with flute and outta tune vox sneaks in, then things
    get mighty howly and big bopping. “Ubiquital” has a knocked
    round glockenspiel feel with zithery strings in that modern
    classical tension-for-tension’s sake. “La tonne platte”
    starts with sideways jazz, gives way to what sounds like a
    Butoh race through the audience which returns on an awkrward
    cut back to the sideways jazz. Vive le strange.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 30, 2005 at 4:15 pm
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