Bart Hofnagel: Ode to Myself (2003)
As always, it's hard to pick highlights on a brilliant Hofnagel project with its tireless oncoming originalsbut to these ears, "Sneer" is nothing less than a brilliant major mega-minimalist hyper-retro-trad existential statement. As Hofnagel explains in his brilliant, self-penned liners (page 46), he was inspired by the writings of Hegel, Homer's Iliad, an empty pizza box ("gone, gone"), the sound of one hand clapping, and the personal charm of Miles Davis to "fire up the Jazz Canon, ascend past every conceivable musical zenith, and wax the eyebrows of God." Brilliant.
Note: Ode to Myself is available briefly in a special limited edition with a full-color fold- out, two drops of Hofnagel's DNA, and a coupon for 10% off on his brilliant self-help bestseller, Perfect As Is: Who Needs Practice?
Track Listing: Too Hip for My Shoes, Come Sneer Like Me, I Like Mirrors (The Pose), Masturbation in 7/4, Bronze My Diapers, Angst Sells, Gotterdammerung
Personnel: Bart Hofnagel (piano, atonal vocalizing), Grin N. Keepgoing, (bass), Chuck ("Clappy") Methedrine, drums.
Record Label: Self Produced