Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
306

David Fiuczynski: Black Cherry Acid Lab

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
David Fiuczynski: Black Cherry Acid Lab 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.

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: FuzeLicious Morsels | Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Flam! Blam!
Flam! Blam!
RareNoiseRecords
2016
buy
KiF Express
KiF Express
FuzeLicious Morsels
2008
buy
KiF Express
KiF Express
FuzeLicious Morsels
2008
buy
Black Cherry Acid Lab
Black Cherry Acid Lab
FuzeLicious Morsels
2003
buy
Amandala
Amandala
FuzeLicious Morsels
2001
buy
Jazz Punk
Jazz Punk
FuzeLicious Morsels
1999
buy
Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
bass, electric
Ornette Coleman Ornette Coleman
sax, alto
John Scofield John Scofield
guitar
Hiram Bullock Hiram Bullock
guitar, electric
Randy Brecker Randy Brecker
trumpet
Mike Stern Mike Stern
guitar
Charlie Hunter Charlie Hunter
guitar, 8-string
Oz Noy Oz Noy
guitar
Jimmy Herring Jimmy Herring
guitar
David Torn David Torn
guitar

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus
Support our sponsor

Sponsor: Motéma Music | BUY IT  

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.