ZU + Eugene Chadbourne: Motorhellington
What a joy to hear Chadbourne sing the lyrics to Sabbath’s “Iron Man”, atop bone crunching rhythms and a blaring horn section or check out their hard rock/modern jazz spin on Don Covay’s pop classic, “Chain of Fools” and James Brown’s funked up -“Sex Machine”. Sure, Chadboune isn’t an accomplished vocalist, however the band’s sometimes-zany approach and clever arrangements provide the recipe for a stimulating listening experience. Yet the word is out, that this aggregation has been tearing it up via their recent European performances as they ceaselessly find novel ways to incorporate jazzy motifs with a high impact and electrified mode of operation. Recommended!
Track Listing: Iron Man, The Robots, Chain Of Fools, Boogie Stop Shuffle, Corronado, Pushin Too Hard, Sex Machine, Sacrifice
Personnel: Jacopo Battaglia; drums: Luca Thomas Mai; saxes: Roy Paci; trumpet: Massimo Pupillo; bass: Eugene Chadbourne; guitar, voice
Record Label: Felmay
Style: Modern Jazz