All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

168

David Fiuczynski & Rufus Cappadocia: Kif

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
The country of Morocco is respected throughout Europe for, among other things, an estimated 30% of the continent's marijuana imports. The superior raw material called Kif is found there in the mountains of Rif. In Arabic, it's spelled كيف. Okay, got that? Enough said.

But don't go into Kif, the record, thinking it's some sort of stoner jam-band excursion. Quite the opposite: guitarist David Fiuczynski and cellist Rufus Cappadocia apply a razor edge to these pieces, asserting a very mixed up world view that emphasizes similarities as much as differences. On "Phrygianmode," for example, distorted metal passages and funky cello interludes pass in and around a prancing Middle Eastern foundation. Not for the faint of heart! (But it works very well.)

While the leadership of this date is split between Fiuczynski and Cappadocia, it's the former who delivers the most dramatic and provocative performances. On "Chinese Go-Go" he roams an Eastern melody on the fretless guitar, sliding hither and thither between notes. Clearly the date was mixed and overdubbed in the studio for maximum effect, but there are still plenty of moments where it's not at all clear whether one man or two are playing the guitar (or any of the other six components of his stringed arsenal).

Downtempo moments such as the tender ballad "Prayer For My Father" take maximum advantage of the communication between the two string players. The cello, whatever it's plugged into, retains a thick, warm acoustic sound which underlines the organic flavor of this piece. Later on, Capadocia draws further from the orchestral nature of his instrument to underpin "SlapBow."

If Tobias Ralph is really playing the drums on "Roxy Migraine," as I suspect he is, it's a fearsome concept. Just as on Fiuczynski's previous adventure Jazz Punk, the rhythm transforms inspiration from electronic drum-n-bass into a surreal backdrop for funky improvisation. Effects here—including Lian Amber's stretched-out vocals, and something that sounds like seagulls conversing—round out a most unusual theme.

In the end you have to accept the fact that Kif is just as much about stretching boundaries as breaking them and gleefully thrusting the shards back together. Like everything David Fiuczynski has done since his early days with Ronald Shannon Jackson, this is pure fusion. Not the lame wank-guitar version, mind you, but a serious attempt to electrify jazz in all senses. Kif's special infusion comes from so-called "world music," something which renders it distinct from all the rest. If you appreciate that inspiration, you'll find Kif an essential musical experience.

Visit David Fiuczynski on the web.


Track Listing: Mektoub; Phrygianmode; Chinese Go-Go; Prayer For My Father; Roxy Migraine; Purple Vishnu; SlapBow; Gaida; V'Smachte; Lullaby For Che.

Personnel: David Fiuczynski: fretted and fretless guitar, 12-string and quartertone guitar, bass, shortscale 11-string guitar, cumbus (all pieces); Rufus Cappadocia: 5-string cello (all but #11); Daniel Sadownick: udu, djembe, congas, and percussion; Gene Lake: drums; Tobias Ralph: drums; Lian Amber: vocals; Matt Darriau: gaida, kaval, clarinet; Matte Henderson: "everything else."

Title: Kif | 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 Grime Scene CD/LP/Track Review
Grime Scene
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 20, 2018
Read (Willisau) 1991 Studio CD/LP/Track Review
(Willisau) 1991 Studio
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 20, 2018
Read Tradition CD/LP/Track Review
Tradition
by Chris May
Published: June 20, 2018
Read Life Anthem CD/LP/Track Review
Life Anthem
by Jerome Wilson
Published: June 20, 2018
Read Closer To Home CD/LP/Track Review
Closer To Home
by Geannine Reid
Published: June 20, 2018
Read 1538 CD/LP/Track Review
1538
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 19, 2018
Read "The Last Sense To Leave Us – A Tribute To Pauline Oliveros" CD/LP/Track Review The Last Sense To Leave Us – A Tribute To Pauline...
by Karl Ackermann
Published: September 10, 2017
Read "Shifting Borders" CD/LP/Track Review Shifting Borders
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 5, 2017
Read "Imaga Mondo" CD/LP/Track Review Imaga Mondo
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 23, 2017
Read "Borrowed Time" CD/LP/Track Review Borrowed Time
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 15, 2017
Read "Vertical" CD/LP/Track Review Vertical
by Don Phipps
Published: January 16, 2018
Read "Home Counties" CD/LP/Track Review Home Counties
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: September 10, 2017