Noodle Shop: Moon Dog Girl
The idea here, as far as I can tell, is to leave no stone unturned in their musical journey. Swirling mists of free jazz clarify into deep grooves with an improvisatory edge. A generous helping of Middle Eastern and African influence leaps out of the mix (including an acknowledged debt to the master musicians of Jajouka). Though not without due attention to structure and form, Moon Dog Girl experiments quite creatively with style and instrumentation. Fresh is the operative word. For the open-minded, this recording is guaranteed to satisfy.
Track Listing: Leopold in Mali; Old World Kraftsmanship; Every Pregnant Woman's Worst Nightmare; Moondog's Blues; Medley: Distressed Passenger / Like Walkin' on Your Nose / Old World Kraftsmanship Part 2: Songs My Grandmother Taught Me; Medley: I Wasn't Aware That I Wasn't Awake / The Sonny Blount Side of the Street / Little Onions; Neon Noodle.
Personnel: Elliott Sharp: guitar, 12-string guitar, baritone guitar, Hawaiian guitar, 6-string bass, bass clarinet, alto sax; John Kruth: mandolin, steel body mandolin, 4-string electric mandolin, mandocello, flute, pennywhistle, lira, harmonica, sheng; Jonathan Segel: violin, guitar, piano, mandocello, dulcimer; Atilla Engin, percussion, ektara, voice.
Record Label: Sparkling Beatnik Records
Style: Modern Jazz