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Jacobs, Henry – “Wide Weird World of Henry Jacobs / The Fine Art Goofing Off” – [Important Records]

aarbor   3/29/2006   A Library, CD

I listened to the entire recording before I read the liner notes, which was a huge mistake that I urge you not to make!!! How this album came to be and what it is: An acquaintance of Jack Dangers found a large collection of tapes and records beneath the house he’d just purchased in Mill Valley. Jack listened to them and realized that they were the work of Henry Jacobs. He cleaned them up and returned them to Jacobs. This is a subset of Henry Jacobs legacy from his years of radio shows on KPFA and elsewhere. Who is Henry Jacobs? Henry had a long + illustrious career in Radio + TV. He collaborated with an impressive crew of people. His signature sound on KPFA was a blend of ethnic music and jazz with tape experimentation + mock interviews. He morphed ethnic music with looping rhythms over 50 years ago. He also did the first surround sound + light shows (Vortex Sound + Light Experiments) in 1957. Hysterically funny! AArbor

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