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Live in Berlin 1991 vol. 2
Genres: Jazz, Pop
"High proof." -- Soundcheck This is what happens when fun becomes serious. Lounge Lizards, formed in the late seventies in New York's downtown scene around cult figure and actor John Lurie, call their mixture of jazz an... more »
"High proof." -- Soundcheck This is what happens when fun becomes serious. Lounge Lizards, formed in the late seventies in New York's downtown scene around cult figure and actor John Lurie, call their mixture of jazz and avant-garde rock "Fake Jazz." In 1991, the group packed Berlin's Quartier Latin for several nights, and the memorable concerts were not only filmed, but also preserved for posterity on two CDs. Features members of Slow Poke and Medeski, Martin & Wood.
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Allan MacInnis | Vancouver | 10/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This disc is more rich and varied than BIG HEART and has no weak cuts on it, unlike the OTHER Berlin live disc, which wastes a ton of time on a total throwaway, "Mr. Stinky's Blues." But be warned -- as I say in my review of the other Berlin disc -- the colors and numbers of these discs change occasionally. Sometimes 2 is 1, 1 is 2, and either can appear in red or black. I dunno why. Anyhow, this is live stuff from the period between VOICE OF CHUNK and QUEEN OF ALL EARS. "Tibet" is actually a VOICE OF CHUNK number under a different name, but I forget which. "A Paper Bag and the Sun," maybe."
Great Live Performance from the Lounge Lizards
ADM | New York City | 08/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Outstanding performance from the Lizards, with a bit more emphasis on percussion than you might be used to hearing from them. The tracks are fairly lengthy, giving each of the musicians a chance to "breathe" and come into the form a little more than they do on the studio albums. In the live albums, Lurie seems happy to stray from the sheet music, too -- so where the studio albums (particularly Queen of All Ears) are defined by their intricate structure, the structure of this life performance is a more difficult to spot, but shows no less skill or vibrance.The most vivid track on the album is "Big Heart" -- Lurie and company turn this great song into an 11-minute jam that will have you up and jumping around like they do in the video. The review below by Keith Hunt is a little astonishing. He's apparently disappointed because this "jazz" doesn't have Rosemary Clooney. Here's fair warning: do not buy this album if you're looking for Rosemary Clooney or Tommy Dorsey. This is modern jazz, not swing -- but, it's not obtuse and inaccessible like, say Don Cherry or even Ornette Coleman. To the contrary, Lurie employs some odd tonalities that I don't completely understand, but heck, you can still dance to it.I wouldn't recommend this as an introduction to the Lizards. Try Queen of All Ears or Voice of Chunk instead. But, once you're in their groove, check this one out.As far as the recording of the live concert goes, let me just say that it sounds great, though the track divisions are somewhat arbitary (as if the people who made the divisions weren't really familiar with Lurie's music)."