Scott Rosenberg

One Liners

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Taking full advantage of the maximum number of tracks available on a commercially available CD-R, each of these two discs consists of no fewer than 99 pieces of music, and the total duration of both comes to 99 minutes. Co-produced by saxophonist Scott Rosenberg and guitarist John Shiurba on their respective labels, Barely Auditable and Limited Sedition, each in a limited edition of 99, this exhaustive (and exhausting) collection -- less Naked City thrash than pocket Parachute-period Zorn/Chadbourne, with echoes of Braxton and Bailey -- deftly weaves together performances recorded at seven different locations between April and December, 19, yes, 99. The longest of the 198 tracks lasts a mere one minute and 21 seconds, and five of them actually clock in at just four seconds. If you enjoyed the one-second pieces on Red Krayola's mythic Coconut Hotel album, this is probably up your street, but sitting through both albums from beginning to end requires a combination of stoical perseverance and masochistic curiosity.