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Nona Hendryx and Gary Lucas: The World Of Captain Beefheart

Read "The World Of Captain Beefheart" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Gary Lucas has been a long time fan of the one-of-a-kind mutant rock-jazz-blues of Captain Beefheart. This led to his being part of Beefheart's Magic Band in the '80s and to his revisiting the music after Beefheart's 1985 retirement in various formats including a raucous jazz tribute band, Fast 'n' Bulbous. This time he goes back to the Captain's canon in the context of a rock band with Nona Hendryx doing the vocals. Hendryx is probably still best ...

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Gary Lucas, Enikö Szabó, Tóni Dezsö: Pearly Clouds

Read "Pearly Clouds" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Del sessantaquattrenne Gary Lucas, da decenni guru di un chitarrismo che al di là delle varie mode terminologiche ci sentiremmo di definire veramente “trasversale," sappiamo parecchio. Molto meno dei suoi due partner in questo singolare album, in cui emerge la sua anima più prossima al song nella sua accezione più larga. Enikö Szabó è dunque una cantante ungherese che conserva una spiccata inflessione folk-popolare pur muovendosi cospicuamente in altri ambiti. Il connazionale Tóni Dezsö è invece un ...

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Gary Lucas' "Fleischerei": Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons

Read "Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons" reviewed by Mark Corroto


The hip kids knew what to look for in those Saturday morning cartoons. It was the early Warner Brothers' animations and the black-and-white Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons. Insider jokes, stabs at the government and popular figures, and sexual innuendo were commonplace, even if we didn't quite get the meanings. Each were politically incorrect, before there was such a thing as political correctness. You knew you were onto something, and in retrospect the music was the key that unlocked that ...

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Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters: The Ordeal of Civility

Read "The Ordeal of Civility" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Gary Lucas è un chitarrista proteiforme che alterna progetti più sperimentali e etnici con album dove il rock torna prepotentemente a farla da padrone come in questo The Ordeal of Civility pubblicato dalla Knitting Factory Records, una etichetta che sembrava uscita dalla mappa e che invece torna a dare segnali di vitalità. La produzione è affidata a Jerry Harrison che ricordiamo nei Talking Heads. Questo album è davvero convincente e riporta Gary Lucas dalle parti di Lou Reed e potremmo ...

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Fast 'N' Bulbous: Waxed Oop

Read "Waxed Oop" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Il repertorio di Captain Beefheart continua a fornire suggestioni e sollecitazioni al settetto guidato da Phillip Johnston e Gary Lucas. Si passa dal blues più intenso e tradizionale del brano iniziale alla follia iconoclasta di “The Blimp" e di buona parte degli altri brani selezionati accuratamente dai due leader e arrangiati con grande cura dei dettagli e con grande senso dell'ironia. Del resto, queste caratteristiche sono da sempre ben evidenti in tutti i progetti del geniale Phillip Johnston e non ...

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Gary Lucas: The Edge of Heaven

Read "The Edge of Heaven" reviewed by AAJ Staff


These days it seems like producers are constantly scrambling for the next “untouched" genre to market, from Cuban sones to hardcore bluegrass to bamboo percussion from Micronesia. Novelty sells, or so they believe. Thus the hype surrounding Gary Lucas's latest album, The Edge of Heaven. Some of you may know Lucas from his edgy guitar work with Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, while others might have him pegged as a charter member of Manhattan's loft music scene. (He's got street cred, ...


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