Album Review

Lazro, Daurik / Pauvros, Jean-Francois / Turner, Roger – “Curare” – [Nobusiness Records]

Thurston Hunger   9/19/2013   12-inch, Jazz

Great stuff from two Frenchmen and a Brit. Pauvros guitar is
jittery, and often sounds like a bee hive ready to burst.
Turner’s percussion is busy, cymbals sloshing around a lot
other high register whacks and twicks. Lazro is a windy whoosh
or a chirpy shriek on the first track, where it feels a little
like the Necks gone a bit drunk. Nothing wrong with that. “White
Dirt” follows with tense atmosphere and Lazro kind of soft droning
the corners on his sax. Pauvros again edgy on guitar, possibly
bowing it and sounding like old nuns singing by a grave. Spooky
good…but soft on the ears with a little more force at the end,
“En Nage” starts with Pauvros going for the slinky/rubberband
vibrations, that gives way to Turner sawing pipes/chimes (man is
he fun to listen to on this and guess what the hell he’s doing!)
Lazro adds in some foggy detective alto questioning which gets more
and more squonky. Then the vinyl badge of honor, and the song gets
split and continued on side B. It gets more rambunctions and the
most recognizably jazzy then has a fascinating ending led by
guitar loops from Pauvros. The next and last track, “The Eye”
sounds like a reverse/replay of the closing of “En Nage” Alien
psych guitar work, heavy delay and seamless sax woven in with it
from Lazro. These guys are on the same telepathic page a lot
through-out this release, but strongly so on the closer. While
Lazro may blow darts out of his saxes and even the reeds alone
at times. this “Curare” did anything but paralyze me. All pieces
recorded live, another winner for the NoBusiness label.
-Thurston Hunger

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