N.A.D. (Niu Abdominaux Dangereux)

Ghosts

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Avant-garde lounge jazz? Post-punk country and western spirituals? Baroque found sounds? All this and more is to be found on this odd disc by the Italian quintet mysteriously named Niu Abdominaux Dangereux, a brainchild of guitarist Roberto Zorzi (the actual names of his bandmates are perhaps open to question). If you've always wanted to hear a hoedown version of Albert Ayler's "Ghosts", this is the place to go. You say you've been pining for that techno-jazz reading of the theme from Lawrence of Arabia? Well, step right up. These delicacies are served up in slick but imaginative style by an essentially jazz-oriented band using rock instrumentation, but augmented by contributions from folk like Fred Frith, Sonny Sharrock and Zeena Parkins. They veer between occasional bouts of seriousness and, more often, tongue in cheek plays on various forms, the latter reaching absurd heights in a uniquely take on the "classic", "Bibbidy Bobbidy Boo" (spelled, one guesses, in Italian fashion on the disc) that includes, of all things, a spellbinding Sharrock guitar solo! Of course, they'll follow this with a noisy collage of found voice tapes, clattering percussion and atonal violin only to segue into Ornette Coleman's "Broadway Blues". Post-mod, wacky, irreverent, what-have-you. What the music may lack in ultimate substance, it makes up in pure fun and silliness. Recommend for those in need of an avant party disc and for fun lovers in general.

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