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The only way to out-mob Steven Bernstein's Sex Mob is to go into the studio (as laboratory) and manipulate its sound. Sexotica is the group's fifth full-length release and its debut on Thirsty Ear Records, a label which has no hesitation to throw in handfuls of Teo Macero. The sampling and studio production by Good and Evil boost Sex Mob's kung fu to new levels, channeling it into some "alternate universe"-fu.
Sexotica follows Dime Grind Palace (Ropeadope, 2003), a party record recorded with a live feel. Here, the band and producers pay tribute to exotica's hero, Martin Denny. That said, the track "Martin Denny whistles and echoes a lounge feel over some trippy effects.
The group takes the track "Exotique as a slithering tick-tock affair. Bernstein's slide trumpet leads, flinging notes against the echoes of film noire and snippets of voice. (Think circus side show scary.) Likewise, Briggan Krauss drops some off-kilter saxophone language on the droopy-pulsed Luvin Blume before he duets with the echoes of Bernstein's horn. The machine beats of "Dick Contino's Blues drive the acoustic band into different feels of time, which actually slows and speeds with the engineer leaning on the turntable for effect!
I love jazz because I love the freedom.
I met guitarists Oscar Aleman and Larry Carlton.
The best show I ever attended was Les Paul at Iridium Jazz Club.
The first jazz record I bought was by vibraphonist Lionel Hampton.
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