Sex Mob: Sexotica (2006)
Sexotica follows Dime Grind Palace (Ropeadope, 2003), a party record recorded with a live feel. Here, the band and producers pay tribute to exotica's hero, Martin Denny. That said, the track "Martin Denny whistles and echoes a lounge feel over some trippy effects.
The group takes the track "Exotique as a slithering tick-tock affair. Bernstein's slide trumpet leads, flinging notes against the echoes of film noire and snippets of voice. (Think circus side show scary.) Likewise, Briggan Krauss drops some off-kilter saxophone language on the droopy-pulsed Luvin Blume before he duets with the echoes of Bernstein's horn. The machine beats of "Dick Contino's Blues drive the acoustic band into different feels of time, which actually slows and speeds with the engineer leaning on the turntable for effect!
Sexotica displays these musicians' talents in new and quite innovative ways, but Sex Mob's reverence for the irreverent remains in full effect.
Track Listing: Pygmy Suite; Martin Denny; Exotique; Luvin Blume; Quiet; Oakland; Dick Contino's Blues; Kid Rock Deluxe; 7 Bars.
Personnel: Steven Bernstein: slide trumpet, mellophones, vocals; Briggan Krauss: alto saxophone, baritone saxophone; Tony Scherr: acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, vocals; Kenny Wollesen: drums, percussion, bird whistles, vibraphone; Mike Dillon: tablas; Good and Evil (Danny Blume and Chris Kelly): programming hijinks.
Record Label: Thirsty Ear Recordings
Style: Beyond Jazz