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Phillip Johnston Returns with Diggin' Bones and The Adventures of Prince Achmed

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The consequences of change in the music industry have been predicted for some time now but, with far too many blinkered deniers, it's had to begin approaching critical mass before being recognized for what it is: the commoditization and devaluation of music that has led to increasing challenges for musicians looking to maintain any kind of ...

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Nona Hendryx and Gary Lucas: The World Of Captain Beefheart

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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 ...

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Fast 'n' Bulbous: Waxed Oop

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The idea of the music of Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) without his idiosyncratic bark of a voice might be difficult for devotees to take, much as his music will perhaps always be for other people. The sharp division of opinion this might imply is however rendered irrelevant by the strength of this program, the purpose ...

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Fast 'N' Bulbous: Waxed Oop

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Il repertorio di Captain Beefheart continua a fornire suggestioni e sollecitazioni al settetto guidato da Phillip Johnston e Gary Lucas. Si passa dal blues più intenso e tradizionale del brano iniziale alla follia iconoclasta di “The Blimp" e di buona parte degli altri brani selezionati accuratamente dai due leader e arrangiati con grande cura dei dettagli e con ...

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Phillip Johnston: Page Of Madness

Read "Page Of Madness" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist and composer Phillip Johnston has always been a step (or two) out of synch with trends in modern music. And that is a good thing. His eclectic '80s band Microscopic Septet was never given its due. Now, twenty years later, with the reissue of its Seven Men in Neckties: History of the Micros, Vol. 1 ...

Fast 'n' Bulbous: Waxed Oop

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Fast 'n' Bulbous
Waxed Oop
Cuneiform
2009



Many people would agree with alto saxophonist Phillip Johnston's assertion that Don Van Vliet (aka Captain Beefheart) was one of the twentieth century's very greatest composers. He was also one of its key innovators, conceptualists, singers and poets. When an artist ...

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Fast 'N' Bulbous: Waxed Oop

Read "Waxed Oop" reviewed by Troy Collins

The greatest measure of any enduring composition is resilience in the face of re-interpretation. Even the most abstract renditions of works by composers as diverse as J.S. Bach, Thelonious Monk and Frank Zappa retain the core elements that identify their authors; such is the singularity of their vision.

Don Van Vliet (aka, Captain Beefheart) ...

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Fast 'n' Bulbous: Pork Chop Blue Around The Rind

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Once, in a salon in the 19th Century, several ladies reportedly fainted when Robert Schumann had the nerve to end one of his piano pieces on a dominant chord. Since then, we the world, our senses bombarded non-stop and ubiquitously, have toughened up considerably to the point of almost total indifference.

So we should be grateful ...