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Jeff Kaiser/Woody Aplanalp: Asphalt Buddhas

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Anyone who shares their house with a baby or a puppy understands noise and the tiptoe qualities of silence. Sounds that normally pass beneath our radar screens are picked up, even amplified when one is trying not to wake the baby/puppies. Like the cartoon dogs trying to hold a sneeze ‘til they are miles away from the hibernating bear, new sounds and everyday chatter take on new meaning. For Jeff Kaiser and Woody Aplanalp their music resides where noises are unwanted and unwelcome, but with contemplation ultimately satisfying. Feedback, CB radio interceptions, scary vocals and electronic goo figure just as prominently as traditional instrumentation. The duo deconstructs the landscapes of Jon Hassel and Raymond Scott, removing the trail markers from the path. Listeners are required to check their notions of notation, rhythm and, well, music at the door. For Kaiser, a trumpeter who’s resume includes work with Eugene Chadbourne, The Michael Vlatkovich Brass Trio, Brad Dutz, The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, Dan Plonsey and the Human Behavior Orchestra, this is perhaps his version of the Stones’ Classic Exile On Main Street.

Track List:Words Of Jesus In Red (no. 1); Enstasis; Viscous Distillate; Words Of Jesus In Red (no. 2); Recombinant Ablutions; Bituminous Aspergillum; Words Of Jesus In Red (no. 3); Obligation Of The Faithful; Steam Driven Shiva With Reticulated Cast Bronze Arms; Old Man Next Door; Words Of Jesus In Red (no. 4).


Personnel: Jeff Kaiser

Title: Asphalt Buddhas | Year Released: 2000


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