Album Review

Gold Sparkle Band – “Nu Soul Zodiac ” – [Squealer Music]

Thurston Hunger   10/1/2005   CD, Jazz

Muscular jazz, horn-fed by Charles Waters and
Rover V. Ruzow. Tracks #6 and #1 are hyper-
active Woody Woodpecker flexing Popeye’s pecs
numbers. This album is laced with Brotzman-
esque echoes of fury. Adam Roberts on bass
is an anchor, allowing great detached drumming
and accelerating flurries by Andrew Barker.
That pace has these relatively short pieces,
feeling dense and satisfyingly long enough.
Wild circular breathing buzz saw solos add to
the power. Ayler, Coltrane, Sun Ra — the
torch is passed and afire. Guest cello too,
and it’s bowed!! Go for the Gold.

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