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Multi-instrumentalist, composer and noted producer Bob Drake transmits the vibe of a mad scientist at work. As a member or producer of numerous cutting edge progressive rock bands, as well as throughout his lengthy solo career, Drake has generally found ways to mingle various forms of Americana with abstract motifs.
This reissue of his first solo album, recorded during 1992-93, features drummer Dave Kerman (of 5UU's and Thinking Plague) on selected tracks. Drake's outlandish lyricism might suggest that he's communicating with the gods of abstraction. The superb musician spins a prog rock/folk/electro-organic mood with a country & western twang, jarring time changes and darkly woven theme pieces. Drake injects folksy violin choruses and an off-kilter blues groove into "Weeds, a slightly twisted, foot-stomping hoedown. Elsewhere, he overlays whispery vocals atop multi-layered rock grooves, intimating an avant-garde take on the Beatles.
Ultimately Drake manages to intertwine the tried and true with a deeply personalized modus operandi, mimicking a surrealist painting where life parallels a misty dream. Now, that's entertainment! Zealously recommended.
Track Listing: The House; Weeds; The Statue; Rainy; Spiders; The Drawing; Plates; Going Somewhere; The
Sawblade; Death Valley; The 13th Animal; Precarious Glimmering; The Cemetery Trees; Good
Personnel: Bob Drake: all instruments; Dave Kerman: drums (selected tracks).
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.