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Mózg: 5 Lat

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Mózg is a tiny Polish CD label and nightclub or performance space, and seemingly a collective one at that. This CD is a collection of pieces from an evening that included everything from avant jazz (Pieces of a Brain) to fusion (Telecho) to klezmer (Mazzoll & Arrhythmic Perfection) to new music improvisation (Sylvie Curvosier and Tomasz Pawliki) to classical (Habaneras Z Opery performing from Bizet's "Carmen") to freaky rock (Maslo's cover of the Velvet Underground's "Venus in Furs") to performance art by artists you've never heard of -- unless, of course, you happen to live in Poland -- with the exception of two. There is a Fred Frith concert fragment at the end, and even though there is a communiqué from Frith, it's unclear whether he played there or they just liked the concert and wanted to include this fragment. The other ringer is Joey Baron, who appears here with Ellery Eskelin and Josh Roseman as Barondown. Again, it's not clear whether Baron performed at the space or just had a performance excerpted for this compilation. One would have to assume the former since the people from the space wrote and asked permission. Other than lyrics, which are printed bilingually, everything is in Polish. This set is interesting, fascinating even, but given the lack of continuity it will appeal (in a big way) for the most part to those open-minded and restless listeners who are always looking for something new.

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