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Smash & Scatteration
Vernon Reid, Bill Frisell
Smash & Scatteration
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
 
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By the time he recorded this deliriously oddball 1984 encounter, Bill Frisell had developed his signature haunting, haltering sound in recordings with Paul Motian and others. Hints of his later excursions into Americana an...  more »

      
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All Artists: Vernon Reid, Bill Frisell
Title: Smash & Scatteration
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rykodisc
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Modern Postbebop, Bebop, Rock Guitarists
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 014431000621, 042285000511

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By the time he recorded this deliriously oddball 1984 encounter, Bill Frisell had developed his signature haunting, haltering sound in recordings with Paul Motian and others. Hints of his later excursions into Americana and other unlikely fields of modernist jazz expansion are heard here and, strikingly, are enthusiastically joined by the raunchier Reid, who was en route from Defunkt and Decoding Society to his own successful funk-rock outfit, Living Colour. Frisell's pieces rollick and jog along at one moment, then sing languidly and sweetly at another, his bent and splayed electric guitar complemented by his jaunty acoustic guitar and the strange sonorities of the guitar synth. With Reid's wonderful counterpoint--a more raw guitar, squiggling electronics, synth drums beats, and an occasional hoe-downing banjo--the results are highly compelling. --Peter Monaghan

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Fun and Experimentation from Two Masters
09/16/1998
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is an album made by two guitar playing friends from very different worlds (Frisell from the jazz world and Reid best known from the heavy progressive metal band, Living Color). You can picture them jamming in Bill's apartment and throwing this together over a few late nights with the lights down low. I was introduced to this album while I was in college, by an older guitar head I was jamming jazz and blues with - it seemed a rather approporiate album given the nature of our musical friendship. He gave me this on tape along with John Zorn's Naked City (also a cool investment). If you're a fan of Bill Frisell, this unknown gem is worth the look. His stylings are all over the album - the playful, country-tinged guitar, ever present optimism and enough quirkiness to keep it interesting. Fans accustomed to Vernon Reid may find this a bit of a challenge. Along with his usual "Hendrix meets Ornette Coleman" barrages of electric guitar, Reid takes up banjo (e.g. Size 10 1/2 Sneakers), clean jazz comping and outer-worldly distortion freakouts. The only thing that dates this album a bit is the use of a cheap beat box for rhythm and chintzy analog synths, but with the continuing retro kick in dance music, it is starting to sound almost hip these days. In the end, this won't be an album you listen to every day (and it certainly won't make for the next dinner party). But after ten years in the collection, I still like listening to it (which I have a harder time saying for other 'esoteric' albums that are gathering dust). Recommeded for: fans of Frisell, Bill Laswell or Pat Metheny's weirder stuff, fans of darker mood music, guitarists of broad tastes who want to see what two players can do together."