The Full Respect by Eric J. IannelliMore articles about The Respect Sextet
The Full Respect
Then there's the feeling that the Respect Sextet is uncomfortable about being in earnest. Almost everything has a dash of irony. "Doo Rag," a great little Joplin-esque interlude, ends with a burst of cacophony, like a punchline to a joke. Despite some inspired flourishes, the two "Tag Game" tracks are just playful studio nonsense. And the excellent "Lost Time" doesn’t even last a full minute and a half, as if to get it over in a hurry before anyone catches on that there might be real feeling involved.
There are some meatier offerings, among which are the nearly nine-minute "Cartel," cool and atmospheric; and "LaRutz B'Chutz," which is comparable to the sadly underrated output of the jazz-klezmer proponents Kol Simcha (aka The World Quintet). But this handful of tracks isn't quite enough to counterbalance the slightness of the rest. For an outfit that aims to mingle the "serious, heady, and intellectual" with the "light, comic, and absurd," the latter grouping tends to get more showing than the first. There's no doubt that the Respect Sextet owes a lot to diverse influences. Yet those same influences would probably be better served if the group was to take some of these sarcastic one-offs and tongue-in-cheek jam sessions and inject them with a substance equal to their ability.
Track Listing: 1. In the Shadow of My Bier (4:02) 2. Lost Time (1:25) 3. We
Personnel: James Hirschfeld
Record Label: Roister
Style: Jam Band
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