Think of One

Juggernaut

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Released jointly by the N.Y.C.-based Knitting Factory and Belgium-based De Beek labels in 1997, Juggernaut, the debut disc by Belgian ensemble Think of One, immediately laid to rest any thoughts that this group played music similar to that of Thelonious Monk. There are no tunes here that recall Monk's "Think of One," although practically every other musical style on earth is crammed into the disc's grooves. Think of One was formed by Flemish guitarist/vocalist David Bovée, who had previously been in the oddball folk-rock outfit Dearest Companion with Gabor "Humble" Vörös and Tom Theuns, later members of Humble Grumble. Bovée's résumé also includes membership in X-Legged Sally leader Peter Vermeersch's Flat Earth Society big band, so Think of One might be expected to bring a heavy dose of European brass band funk à la XLS to Juggernaut, and there are times when the disc does in fact ratchet up the horn riffing. But Juggernaut otherwise erases all boundaries -- perhaps understandable since members of the zany and unclassifiable Humble Grumble contributed to the disc. There are wild shifts from funk-rock to chamber music to group chants that sound as if Daevid Allen wandered into the studio with a bunch of pothead pixies in tow, not to mention a bit of Iva Bittová-styled Central European folk-classical and a diversion or two into Middle Eastern rhythms and modes. Later in its history, Think of One would travel the world and issue more cohesive albums drawing from musics indigenous to their recording locations, as in 2006's Tráfico (Brazil) and 2008's Camping Shaâbi (Morocco), both released by Crammed Discs. On Juggernaut, however, the group definitely thought of the entire musical world as one, resulting in an album that was all over the place, but quite entertainingly so.

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