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Nona Hendryx and Gary Lucas: The World Of Captain Beefheart

Read "The World Of Captain Beefheart" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Gary Lucas has been a long time fan of the one-of-a-kind mutant rock-jazz-blues of Captain Beefheart. This led to his being part of Beefheart's Magic Band in the '80s and to his revisiting the music after Beefheart's 1985 retirement in various formats including a raucous jazz tribute band, Fast 'n' Bulbous. This time he goes back to the Captain's canon in the context of a rock band with Nona Hendryx doing the vocals. Hendryx is probably still best ...

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Gary Lucas' "Fleischerei": Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons

Read "Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The hip kids knew what to look for in those Saturday morning cartoons. It was the early Warner Brothers' animations and the black-and-white Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons. Insider jokes, stabs at the government and popular figures, and sexual innuendo were commonplace, even if we didn't quite get the meanings. Each were politically incorrect, before there was such a thing as political correctness. You knew you were onto something, and in retrospect the music was the key that unlocked that ...

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Gary Lucas: The Edge of Heaven

Read "The Edge of Heaven" reviewed by AAJ Staff

These days it seems like producers are constantly scrambling for the next “untouched" genre to market, from Cuban sones to hardcore bluegrass to bamboo percussion from Micronesia. Novelty sells, or so they believe. Thus the hype surrounding Gary Lucas's latest album, The Edge of Heaven. Some of you may know Lucas from his edgy guitar work with Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, while others might have him pegged as a charter member of Manhattan's loft music scene. (He's got street cred, ...


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