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Voice of Chunk
Genres: Jazz, Pop
After a few revisions to the band's lineup, John Lurie had a brilliant cast for his Lounge Lizards' Voice of Chunk, which came out on his private label in 1989. Now that Lurie's got his strong Strange & Beautiful label, Vo... more »
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After a few revisions to the band's lineup, John Lurie had a brilliant cast for his Lounge Lizards' Voice of Chunk, which came out on his private label in 1989. Now that Lurie's got his strong Strange & Beautiful label, Voice is in wide circulation. And that's a good thing. It's probably the best work this lineup of the Lizards had to offer. Keyboardist Evan Lurie and guitarist Marc Ribot show themselves clearly up to fulfilling the leader's noirish, additive aesthetic. Additive, you ask? Lurie's a builder. He takes small cells, little turns of phrase, and then layers instruments, approaching the nugget, making for muted thrills as listeners glean the simplicity of the melodies and the sophistication of the instrumental combination (Roy Nathanson on saxophones, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone, percussionist E.J. Rodriguez, drummer Dougie Bowne, and bassist Erik Sanko round out the octet). The solos appear more ascetic, or at least more downturned, in their key signatures and structures. If you're wondering where to find a window on Lurie, a fantastic guy with soundtrack and film credits galore, this is as fine a place to look as any. --Andrew Bartlett
A very inspired and melodic recording by the lizards
James H. Timber-Giboyeaux | Puerto Rico | 03/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bob to Bob is the signature of this recording. It presents us with a beautiful frame of music making that, in my humble opinion, is unsurpassed in the Lounge Lizards recording history. The record plays itself, there are no dull moments here, no need for the skip button. The band sound is tight and the melodies are quite appealing. Check-out the Hanging to better understand what I mean. I miss this line-up of musicians: Evan,Eric,Curtis, Dougie, EJ,Roy, and John...they represent for me the right combination of Lizardry! Bowne's drumming is inspired and intelligent, a really outstanding work."
Outstanding, Smooth, Bumptious & Quirky
Michael Bowen | Redondo Beach, CA United States | 08/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"All the hallmarks of the Lizards are here plus a smoother side of their sophistication. If you've never heard the Lounge Lizards before, this is a pretty good introduction to their style which in this instance is more subdued than usual. My favorite cut on this is Bob the Bob which comes at you backwards, slyly and then runs into some serious rhythms. The alternate version is a perfect song for eggs benedict at a bay window on a lazy Sunday morning. The Lizards reprise their classing Tarantella here. If you're tired of that same old jazz, and you go for the unusual rhythms of Dave Brubeck you'll dig the Lizards. You may have also heard Lurie's music featured in films by Jim Jarmusch, 'Down by Law', 'Stranger than Paradise'. This is an album that I lost - I had to get another copy just to know I have it."
Their unique jazz sound but with more melody
Gibbs H. Rounsavall | a proud louisvillian | 11/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For the longest time my Lounge Lizard collection was limited to "Queen. . ." and a live album from Berlin (which is also very good).
then I stumbled onto this beauty which I believe came out after "Queen. . ." Anyways, the Lizards meandering, sometimes discordant sound is still there, but now the melodies are stronger and seem almost more fleshed out. "Tarantella" is great and reminds me of the humor of "Yak".
This is a great album to put in and be taken away with, another great trip for any escape artist."