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EZ Pour Spout

Don't Shave the Feeling

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EZ Pour Spout is an association of five esteemed New York avant-gardists: Briggan Krauss on alto sax, Curtis Hasselbring on trombone and guitar, Jamie Saft on keyboards and pedal steel guitar, J.A. Granelli on bass, and John Mettam on drums. On this release, they put an irreverent spin on music by AC/DC, Nirvana, Burt Bacharach, Cream, Frank Zappa, and more. Those inclined to prejudge this as mere musical horseplay ought to have a listen. There are certainly kitschy moments, but at bottom this is a serious attempt to treat rock as a legitimately creative form -- something more and more 20- and 30-something jazz players are doing nowadays. This band's nod to Nirvana with "Heart Shaped Box" bears comparison with the Bad Plus's rendition of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," for instance. The musicianship, moreover, is excellent -- particularly Jamie Saft's keyboard cadenza on "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You."

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