August 24, 2006

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Liberation Prophecy, Last Exit Angel
Basement Front Records, 2006

Sun Ra dead-ringers providing bonk-jazz for your beatnik side. Mighty cricket of Blue Note to send Norah Jones over to the offices of subsidiary imprint Basement Front to schedule a drop-in with the band that launched her career, doubly so being that she'd served as the rudder for this barge of lunatics. Turns out her contribution only shows how much she's missed, though, grand-totaling to a single breathy mercy-track ("Lonely Lament"). Label head/saxophonist Jacob Duncan now claims he's all about Frank Zappa too, so the Mingus-on-angel-dust dynamics shove off for a bit, making way for Plan 9 soundtrackage to come slithering in bearing walkie-talkied vocals ("Strange New Figurine"). A mixed bag to eat bland croissants by, angrily of course. C

— Eric W. Saeger


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