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dCprGFranz Kafka's South America (CD & DVD) ... CD
Voodoo/Sony (Japan), 2015. New Copy CD & DVD ... $19.99
A record that's every bit as compelling as its title – an unusual hybrid of jazz elements, electronics, and some offbeat production – all served up in a blend that reminds us of some of the most adventurous work from the late 80s New York scene – like some of the early groups who helped get the Knitting Factory started! The lineup features two keyboardists, two drummers, two saxophonists, and guitar, bass, and trumpet – but even these core elements are used in very unusual ways – so that the instrumentation usually criss-crosses in angular passages that are sometimes determined by the quirky rhythms of the tracks, sometimes moving much more of their own volition. There's also a bit of recitation and acoustic percussion on the set – which almost gives the whole thing an early American Clave vibe at times too – and titles include "Ronald Regan", "Verse 1", "Junta", "Gondwana Express", and "Immigrant's Animation". Comes with a bonus DVD – featuring a live performance by the group! CD
(DVD is NTSC, Region 2.)
 
 
 



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