Transmogrified, Beezwax CD BW-1580A, 1997
I dont know anything about Art, ...
Speaking as a Zappa fan, I like this CD. Its jazz,
but its different. It also makes me wonder seriously
about Indiana, since this is where the troupe is from, I believe.
"Polar Patrol" says it all for my Zappa theory. Anyone
whos a fan of Joes Garage will say "Hmmmmmmmmm."
The Central Scrutinizer lives! Good drum work on this fourth track,
which is mainly a keyboard solo, with a voice popping in to silence you
with lines like "time is running out" or "do you know we
are coming?" But, believe it or not, Id rather listen to the
rest of this cool album, with its slick bass, sprightly guitar solo and
"At the Moment" is three minutes of fun jam, with the
occasional bark of a dog, or the spit of a whistle. But its not
as "out there" as I make it sound. No. This is lite jazz in
the best traditions of the traditional. Yet, theres an edge to it
that makes it clearer than some live smoky club thang. Ho! And
"Carmine" rocks with plucky guitar. I keep wanting to sing
"bringing down the house" even though there are no words to
this tune. Fudge.
"News To Me" would make good backing for a Disney
feature about kids who think they are spies. The title track,
"Transmogrified," pops through my earphones as if
theres a new drummer in town, and hes trying to get the
beat down by playing the drum track over one thats
already been laid. Well, thats what my ears tell me.
"No Doubt" has power, with clanging symbols and
interesting keyboard sounds that, thank God, arent
cheesy! But this is a 1997 CD, and pretty damn good. So, they were
rightand brilliant to a degreeto combine fun jazz with
musical jokes that make you want to listen more rather than laugh out
loud. Smart Art. Ben Ohmart
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Dave Seyboldt, keyboards and percussion; Bill Boris, guitars;
Peter Ballin, woodwinds; Rafe Bradford, basses.
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