All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

9

Dog Leg Dilemma: Not This Time

Franz A. Matzner By

Sign in to view read count
A sonic cornucopia, Canadian electric jazz quartet Dog Leg Dilemma's debut Not This Timeunfolds like a deconstructed buffet. Bits and pieces of musical genres drop in and out of the album's seven compositions with John Woo freneticism, combining at seemingly random intervals as if someone swept the cutting room floor of a recording studio and then assembled the whole by pasting together the discards of everything from circus music, to German Om-pah bands, to reggae, to punk, to ambient soundscapes and everything in between.

The resulting collage of disparate rhythms, textures, melodic structures and styles is outlandish, chaotic, humorous, utterly unpredictable, and entertaining.

And while Dog Leg Dilemma anchors its music with traditional jazz instrumentation—saxophone, bass, drums, and guitar—and pepper their tunes with blistering jazz solos, the overall approach is a true departure. Unlike other genre bending experiments, which tend to confine their forays either track-by-track or to a milder range of influences that serve a dominant structure, Not This Time careens from one touchstone to the next at a dizzying pace. The logic of the transitions is deliberately mystifying, and the result never settles into a singular image, tone, or narrative. It simply keeps erupting like a Dadaist exposition on speed.

This is not music for the faint of heart. Nor is it a ponderously cerebral thought-experiment. It's an explosion of form astute and appealingly lighthearted, as off-kilter as it is absorbing.

Track Listing: 1.This Must be Why I Came Home 2. Equestrian Playtime 3. Roll with the Hunches 4. Part 1—Are You Sure About This 5. Part 2—Not This Time 6. Shadow Puppet Patrol 7. Nothing Always Doesn’t Change

Personnel: Anthony Argatoff: alto Saxophone; Nick Lavkulik: guitars; Peter Bull: basses,whistling, woodblock, acoustic guitar, organ, electric whip; Natalia Wong: violin (2, 4)

Title: Not This Time | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Equestrian Playtime

Equestrian Playtime

Dog Leg Dilemma
Not This Time

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Not This Time

Not This Time

Self Produced
2017

buy

Related Articles

Read Dirt...And More Dirt CD/LP/Track Review
Dirt...And More Dirt
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 26, 2018
Read Locked & Loaded CD/LP/Track Review
Locked & Loaded
by John Kelman
Published: May 26, 2018
Read Long Story Short CD/LP/Track Review
Long Story Short
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 26, 2018
Read Awase CD/LP/Track Review
Awase
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: May 26, 2018
Read Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich CD/LP/Track Review
Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich
by John Sharpe
Published: May 26, 2018
Read My Singing Fingers CD/LP/Track Review
My Singing Fingers
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 25, 2018
Read "Mikrojazz!: Neue Expressionistische Musik" CD/LP/Track Review Mikrojazz!: Neue Expressionistische Musik
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 5, 2017
Read "Color Tones" CD/LP/Track Review Color Tones
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 2, 2017
Read "While We Still Have Bodies" CD/LP/Track Review While We Still Have Bodies
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 23, 2018
Read "Instrumental" CD/LP/Track Review Instrumental
by Mark Sullivan
Published: June 10, 2017
Read "Connect" CD/LP/Track Review Connect
by Geno Thackara
Published: November 27, 2017
Read "Inspiration" CD/LP/Track Review Inspiration
by Chris May
Published: May 6, 2018