:::The Lounge Lizards:::

Posted: Friday, 30 July 2010 by jazzlover in Etykiety: , , , ,

One might be forgiven for mistaking the Lounge Lizards' debut album for a traditional jazz release at a glance, what with the two Thelonious Monk covers and the participation of producer Teo Macero (who had previously worked with such heavyweights as Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck and Ella Fitzgerald, to name just a few). No, while there's definitely great respect shown here for the jazz tradition, the members are obviously coming at it from different backgrounds -- most especially guitarist Arto Lindsay, whose occasional atonal string scraping owes far more to his experience in New York City's no wave scene than to quote unquote traditional jazz. In fact, the two aforementioned Monk covers seem a strange choice when you actually hear the band, which has more in common with sonic experimentalists like Ornette Coleman or Sun Ra. That's not to say that this is too experimental; saxophonist and lead Lizard John Lurie knows when to blow noise and when to blow melody, and ex-Feelies drummer Anton Fier manages to infuse a good rock feel into the drum parts even when he's playing incredibly complex rhythms. The end result is a album that neatly straddle both worlds, whether it's the noir-ish "Incident on South Street," the art-funk of "Do the Wrong Thing," or the thrash-bebop found in "Wangling"."
:::Review by Sean Carruthers:::

The Lounge Lizards - The Lounge Lizards (1981)

1. Incident On South Street 3:21 - Written-By - J. Lurie
2. Harlem Nocturne 2:04 - Written-By - Earle Hagen
3. Do The Wrong Thing 2:39 - Written-By - J. Lurie , S. Piccolo
4. Au Contraire Arto 3:22 - Written-By - J. Lurie
5. Well You Needn't 1:53 - Written-By - Thelonius Monk
6. Ballad 3:22 - Written-By - J. Lurie
7. Wangling 2:58 - Written-By - J. Lurie
8. Conquest Of Rar 3:12 - Written-By - A. Fier , E. Lurie , J. Lurie
9. Demented 2:01 - Written-By - J. Lurie
10. I Remember Coney Island 3:27 - Written-By - J. Lurie
11. Fatty Walks 2:51 - Written-By - J. Lurie
12. Epistrophy 4:12 - Written-By - Kenneth Clarke, Thelonius Monk
13. You Haunt Me 3:40 - Written-By - J. Lurie

Bass - Steve Piccolo
Drums - Anton Fier
Guitar - Arto Lindsay
Keyboards - Evan Lurie
Saxophone - John Lurie

Recorded at CBS Recording Studios in New York on July 21-22, 28-29, 1980. Mixed at CBS Recording Studios in New York on August 6, 14-15, 1980. Anton Fier uses Sonor drums and Paiste cymbals

4 komentarze:

  1. E-mile says:

    JL, I've got this CD since I don't know when (BIG Lurie & Lizards fan here!) and this is awesome indeed!
    Heavily recommended de moi [:-)
    peace, E-mile

  1. Anonymous says:

    Big Thanx for this one-got it years ago-finds it's way somewhere between Jazz & Punk-Excellent

  1. Slidewell says:

    Had this on vinyl back in the day. I played in a band that opened up for these guys back in the early 80's. I asked Arto how he tuned his guitar. He looked at me quizzically and said, "I don't." Oh, and thanks for using Mediafire. My favorite file-sharing service!