Kamikaze Ground Crew


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Somehow, the results don't always add up to the concept and talent, but nonetheless, there are more than a few striking moments when the vast potential of the group is realized ("Huey Smith Medley" by Huey "Piano" Smith and Junior Gordon is not to be missed). With six horns and drums, and some offbeat arrangements, the colors can be magnificent, but sometimes there is a pedestrian quality that seeps through. Steve Bernstein dazzles with his slide trumpet (also known as a soprano trombone), and Marcus Rojas adds a compelling bottom on tuba. The choice of compositions is first-rate, ranging from Satie's "Redite" (from "Three Pieces in the Form of a Pear") to "Easter Sunday" (with lyrics by Brecht) to Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland" to a couple of takes on Stockhausen. Eminently danceable at times, this recording should please followers of the group and even win a few converts.

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