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Music Consumption: Naked City
08/08/1999 Naked City: Naked City

Inevitably, I picked this up. I needed the aggressive quick-change stuff, with the intense screaming from Yamatsuka Eye, with equal screaming from Zorn's sax. Once again, I'm enjoying Frisell's work with this group, even as his solo stuff doesn't quite scan for me. As I observed on a mailing list I subscribe to, it took me years to see the light about Quine, so maybe I'll come around to Frisell's thing sometime. It's obvious that he's a really good player; there's just something about his tone and style that doesn't do it for me. But with Naked City, when he lets rip, it's good. Highlights are "You Will Be Shot," the "Sicilian Clan" cover, "Snagglepuss," "A Shot in the Dark" (dig the way they torture the tune for a minute before delivery), "I Want to Live," "Lonely Woman," "NY Flat-top Box," the noisy stuff in the middle, and "Inside Straight." So sure, it's noise and I love it. You got a problem with that?

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