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Frank London Scientist at Work
Released on the Tzadik label and featuring guest John Zorn and Jennifer Charles appearances, Scientist at Work is a fascinating, varied release. All of the compositions are rooted in klezmer, but explore territories within that framework as diverse as funky exotica ("Fela"), church music ("Shabbos Bride"), and avantgarde jazz ("Imanu Malkheteynu"). A consistently engaging and always unique record, Scientist at Work is fantastic. 4.5
Frank Sinatra Ultimate Sinatra
There are single-disc and quad-disc versions of this release. The single CD release features 26 songs, the four CD box set 100 (plus an 86-page booklet). I have the quad disc set, and it lives up to the 'Ultimate Sinatra' title. Most of Sinatra's best tracks ("My Way," "Ol' Man River," "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," "Moonlight Serenade") are here, and there is also a previously unreleased rehearsal of the track "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top." If you are new to Sinatra, there is no better place to start than this. You get 100 tracks that span the gamut of his career and display his legendary
General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners General Patton vs. The X-Ecutioners
Mike Patton sent famed turntablists the X-Ecutioners a selection of records, they created beats out of them, and then he messed with them some more. The final product was this record. A hyperactive, sporadic hip-hop album with elements of noise, jazz, and a bunch of other genres. Imagine if Fantomas played hip-hop-- that's a pretty good descriptor of this. The only song that follows a traditional structure is "?Get Up, Punk! 0200 Hrs." The rest of the songs are short experimental multi-genre pieces (a la Fantomas), there are vocal samples galore, the record is themed around war and weapons somehow, and Patton does great work (as usual). The c
Prelapse Prelapse
Do you like Naked City? Good. Prelapse is basically another Naked City. John Zorn even plays sax on a bunch of these tracks, and he wrote a few too. The majority of the 23 songs are chaotic jazzcore, though there are slower, more ambient tracks as well ("Lachrym," "Fat Neck, No Neck"). The "Message for Alex" tracks are funny, and there are standouts ("Blood Sucking Freaks," "Screwball"). The vocals are underused, though, and the longer jazzcore tracks don't work well. Overall, Prelapse is a fun listen, but it's basically a less interesting Naked City. 3.9
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica
This isn't a case of me not 'getting it,' this is a case of me getting it and not really liking it. I am a huge fan of avantgarde, experimental, 'weird' music-- if it's good. This isn't good. Tuneless, directionless instrumentation with unintentionally off-time vocals for 80 minutes? No thanks. Granted, it's not all bad (hence the two stars): some of the lyrics are interesting, Beefheart's voice has heft and presence, and I like a couple of the tunes ("Hair Pie: Bake 1," "When Big Joan Sets Up"). Overall, though, Trout Mask Replica isn't what the hype would have you believe. 2.3
Yes Relayer
NOTE: I have the 2014 remix by Steven Wilson, which comes with single edits of "Soon" and "Sound Chaser." Some great stuff (the intro and instrumental breaks in "Sound Chaser," the end of "The Gates of Delirium"), but this is just so dated. The vocals, in particular. They reek of '70s panache. Oh, and the closer: it starts well, but drags on. Maybe I just don't 'get' Relayer, or maybe it's just not my cup of tea. Either way, it's not an album I turn to often. 2.8
Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come
Listening today, The Shape of Jazz to Come is not particularly challenging. At the time of its release, though, it was a revolutionary and controversial record. Coleman broke several of jazz's established 'rules.' The record falls between the rigidity of bebop and the chaos of free jazz. The songs begin with a recitation of a theme, then there is a middle section of improvised soling, and then the theme repeats again. That is the bebop influence. The free jazz influence comes from the record's lack of chordal instruments (there is a bass, cornet, sax, and drumset) and Coleman's use of a plastic saxophone, which gives a shrill sound.

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  • johnnydeking29 I need to check that too; you need Book M and Book of Horizons right now though. Both incredible albums.
    June 1 11:27 AM
  • johnnydeking29 Couldn't say; I'm planning on checking it soon and wondered if you dug it. I've heard the first one though, and that's a trip.
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