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If the central premise of postmodern deconstructionism can be defined that all literary (and other) criticism is entirely subjective- that all texts are relative to one's personal interpretation and experience, then Takin' the Duke Out is a postmodern monument. In this case, renowned free jazz guitarist Dom Minasi takes the music of Duke Ellington shines it through his [Minasi's] terministic screen, producing some very interesting and exciting guitar-trio recital pieces. P>
Minasi is certainly not the first artist to transform the music canon. Anthony Braxton did so with his Charlie Parker Project 1993 (Hat ART 6160, 1993) and Pussy Galore did it in rock music with their take on the Rolling Stones's Exile on Main Street : PG -Exiles on Main Street (NLP, 1986). Minasi adds to these great reconsiderations with one of his own. Takin' the Duke Out very thoughtfully and skillfully deconstructs the Ellington Canon, sparing no song. "Satin Doll" is redefined in whole tones. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" is played languidly on the guitar while the rhythm section is in triple time. Totally transformed is "Take The A Train" with Ken Filiano playing the melody arco while Minasi provides a percussive effect with his guitar.
Minasi provides a very dense sound, very wall-of-sound like. The performance is recorded closely and the listener will feel as if they are having a cocktail at the Knitting Factory. This disc is an interesting rethinking of America's jazz icon.
Track Listing: Satin Doll; Don't Get Around Much Anymore; I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good; Take
the A Train; Solitude; It Don't Mean a thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (Total Time: 53:44).
Personnel: Dom Minasi: Guitar; Ken Filiano: Bass; Jackson Krall; Drums.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com