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It's amazing that the brilliant Bart Hofnagel dropped a new CD so soon after his brilliant solo set, The Ages of Man: Evolution in Music. While the usual clueless critics didn't get the point of its nine brilliant blank trackshello, didn't they teach you that evolution is a slow process?his many fans instantly downloaded the whole brilliant thing as soon as it came out, and they'll want to grab this one, too.
As always, it's hard to pick highlights on a brilliant Hofnagel project with its tireless oncoming originalsbut to these ears, "Sneer" is nothing less than a brilliant major mega-minimalist hyper-retro-trad existential statement. As Hofnagel explains in his brilliant, self-penned liners (page 46), he was inspired by the writings of Hegel, Homer's Iliad, an empty pizza box ("gone, gone"), the sound of one hand clapping, and the personal charm of Miles Davis to "fire up the Jazz Canon, ascend past every conceivable musical zenith, and wax the eyebrows of God." Brilliant.
Note: Ode to Myself is available briefly in a special limited edition with a full-color fold- out, two drops of Hofnagel's DNA, and a coupon for 10% off on his brilliant self-help bestseller, Perfect As Is: Who Needs Practice?
Track Listing: Too Hip for My Shoes, Come Sneer Like Me, I Like Mirrors (The Pose), Masturbation in 7/4, Bronze
My Diapers, Angst Sells, Gotterdammerung
Jazz is a continuing revelation. The best show I ever attended was the
Roots Picnic at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, or was it Robert
Glasper's Experiment at Lincoln Center, or was it Chick Corea with
Brian Blade at Oberlin College? Most of all I enjoy playing guitar and
composing beats with my Brooklyn-based group Space Captain.