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Vinnie Sperrazza, Apocryphal (Loyal Label Records)
CD Reviews: 8/28/2014

08/28/14



Been a while since we futzed with art-house jazz, the official background music of the National Nutjob Association. Sperrazza is a New Yawk drummer with art-criminal soloist cronies Loren Stillman on sax (to hold down the more traditional bop sounds when he’s not in squawking-freakout mode) and Brandon Seabrook (for too-weird-for-Wilco pickup torture) on guitar. For this stuff you’ll want to have an affinity for both Zappa and Mingus; “Plainchant” has been touted in one (very small) circle as evidence of downtempo genius, starting out as a soul-chill exploration that slowly ascends into screeching chaos, if that’s your thing. But among the obvious improv and screeching there are grooves and rockouts, like the vaguely Latin-tinged “Spalding Gray” and even some Sabbath-y bliss-fuzz on “Floor Phrase.” B
— Eric W. Saeger
 





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