C: Inside

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Chadlehn is actually Eugene Chadbourne and Thomas Lehn performing as a duo. C: Inside was recorded live in Cologne on June 9, 1999. The CD contains three pieces : "Crossroads," a 46-minute improv, followed by "Intersection" and "Line Out," two short encores of two and three minutes. Eugene Chadbourne favors his "deering goodtimes banjo" (liner notes) on this recording, but he also uses his "modified guild slim Jim acoustic electric guitar" (same). At one point in "Crossroads," he slips into a rendition of Gram Parsons' "Hickory Wind," but his vocal prowess ends there.

This disc is excellent. The frenetic banjo fights the analog rumbles in a match of epic proportions, a match in which the listener is the winner. Both improvisers deliver an energy-packed performance, but the level of energy never reaches an exaggerated level. There is moderation on this disc, self-control (something that is not a standard with Dr. Chadbourne), punctuated by well-timed decibel-packed episodes and an engaging synergy. As a bonus, a strange and fun essay by Dr. Chadbourne trying to understand what a G7 summit actually is.

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