All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

306

David Fiuczynski: Black Cherry Acid Lab

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Radio's the enemy!

When Black Cherry Acid Lab first came out as a rough CD-R a few years ago, it caused a bit of a stir among insiders. Guitarist David "Fuze" Fiuczynski had established his idiosyncratic (to say the least) style with the Screaming Headless Torsos, but here he was stretching his music to new extremes. Now that the record has been officially (re)issued on his Fuzelicious Morsels record label, it should shock and surprise a broader audience.

BCAL roams from driving funk to heady punk, from grinding metal to swinging jazz. The group ranges in size, but most often it's a quintet with integrated vocals. Rapper Ahmed Best makes dramatic appearances on all but two tracks, riding roughshod over changing grooves. At times he sounds like he's openly freestyling (for example on "Bollocks"), and at others he's clearly following a master plan. He joins ex-Torsos member Dean Bowman, Sophia Ramos, and Fuze on the vocal stage. Their lyrics take on topics like insanity ("My mind gets hazy, and I go crazy!"), sweatshops ("I wanna be UNlike Mike!"), and the tragedy of contemporary radio ("The crowd that's spawned by and for the man with short or no attention span"). Keeping true to the rap tradition, Best tosses in a generous helping of cartoon swagger, celebrating (among other things) "the constant swing I bring with the power of my dingaling."

Enough on the song aspect. Vocal and sax improvisations pop in and out on BCAL, but the true combustion shoots from the strings of Fuze's guitar. He can provide support with shifting, off-center chords; but when the time comes to step forward, he shoots skyward. It's very hard to offer comparisons, though Hendrix certainly pops in and out and there's a certain resemblance to Vernon Reid. His Ornette-ish sense of harmony rides against convention (think Blood Ulmer). Fuze uses a sharp attack, blazing speed, and well-crafted effects to lend energy to his playing, whatever the style of any given piece.

BCAL is a short one, about thirty minutes long. There wasn't a lot of cash behind this record, which laments "big budgets for musical midgets who twist and fidget and think it's okay." BCAL 's roughness bespeaks a conscious avoidance of polish and widgetry, and the few scattered low points that result weaken the record's impact. But energy is the principal commodity here, and sensitive ears wil find it grating. That's fine. Softies should go and listen to mainstream radio. The rest of us can celebrate the spontaneity that helps keep creative music alive.

Visit David Fiuczynski on the web.


Track Listing: Step On My Shoes A; Llessurgy; Radio Is The Enemy (Song 1A); Bollocks; Bad Boy; Shafta; Scrapecheese; Golden Rule; Step On My Shoes B.

Personnel: David Fiuczynski: guitars, vocals; Ahmed Best: vocals, raps; Dean Bowman, Sophia Ramos: vocals; Patrice Blanchard: bass; Mark Shim: sax; Gene Lake, Tobias Ralph, Adrian Harpham: drums.

Title: Black Cherry Acid Lab | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: FuzeLicious Morsels

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Just for Now - Live!!

Just for Now - Live!!

David Fiuczynski
Choice Cuts

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Mikrojazz!: Neue Expressionistische Musik

Mikrojazz!: Neue...

RareNoiseRecords
2017

buy
Flam! Blam!

Flam! Blam!

RareNoiseRecords
2016

buy
 

Planet Microjam

Til Midnight
2012

buy
 

KiF Express

FuzeLicious Morsels
2009

buy
KiF Express

KiF Express

FuzeLicious Morsels
2008

buy
KiF Express

KiF Express

FuzeLicious Morsels
2008

buy

Related Articles

Read New Hope CD/LP/Track Review
New Hope
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 23, 2018
Read The Nobuki Takamen Trio CD/LP/Track Review
The Nobuki Takamen Trio
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 23, 2018
Read Light Of Love CD/LP/Track Review
Light Of Love
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 23, 2018
Read Heaven Steps To Seven CD/LP/Track Review
Heaven Steps To Seven
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 23, 2018
Read In The Blue Light CD/LP/Track Review
In The Blue Light
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 23, 2018
Read Dreams And Other Stories CD/LP/Track Review
Dreams And Other Stories
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 22, 2018
Read "Frank Salis" CD/LP/Track Review Frank Salis
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 20, 2018
Read "The Unknowable" CD/LP/Track Review The Unknowable
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 20, 2018
Read "Eco Do Futuro" CD/LP/Track Review Eco Do Futuro
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: January 10, 2018
Read "Walkin' On Air" CD/LP/Track Review Walkin' On Air
by Tyran Grillo
Published: December 21, 2017
Read "The Acadian Orogeny" CD/LP/Track Review The Acadian Orogeny
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 19, 2018
Read "Acknowledgement" CD/LP/Track Review Acknowledgement
by Don Phipps
Published: November 23, 2017