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LA JR

17 Animales

(Acuarela; US: 7 Oct 2008; UK: 10 Nov 2008)

17 Animales is an orchestrated series of false starts, feints, hesitations, rushes, ruses that sound as if they might resolve themselves into melodies at any minute, but never do. The saxophones wriggle and never straighten, the rare singing sounds like a crooned afterthought. Look at it one way and it’s an experimental mosaic that sounds closer to deconstructed jazz than anything else. Look at it another way and it’s a forty-minute tease. LA JR keeps the experimentation moving along at a good pace, neither overdoing it nor underdoing it, keeping things lean and clever, not giving in to the obvious temptation that experimental composition offers, the temptation to shout, “Hey, let’s just do whatever crazy stuff we like, oh, wheedley-deedley-boo nyah nyah plonk.”

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