wow. the best avant-jazz i've heard in 3 or 4 years, and not for lack of trying. this is an INTENSE record, with each track capable of multiple shifts in style; brutal, crushing lows; and dizzying, blissed-out highs. filling in the spaces is next level musicianship, interesting instrumental combinations (check out the distorted guitar/violin duo in "Song for Eulalie"), and plenty of overdubs/audio treatments. it's actually quite refreshing to hear jazz discoursing with technology in a meaningful way. maybe it's cliche, but the depth of feeling is what pushes this album over the top, especially the raw, unrestrained vocal work. and, of course, the swing is the thing; if you like the swirling chaos of Mingus's soulful large ensemble improvisations then this is right up your alley. so do yourself a favor - take an hour out to kick back on the sofa with your vice of choice and experience this amazing record from start to finish. by the time the last song comes on, you'll feel like you've earned it.
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