"Alto and tenor saxophonist George Cartwright always seems to perform eccentric and unpredictable music, and that certainly holds true with this project. Five of the 11 selections (all written or co-written by Cartwright) feature the leader in an ensemble with guitar, accordion, organ, bass, and drums. Although the music is avant-garde, it is not completely free and the themes usually set the mood and direction for the improvisations. Other tunes include such notables as Zeena Parkins on organ and accordion, pianist Myra Melford, and singer Ann Rupel. Because the music is so complex and unusual, it will take several listens to fully appreciate, but it is worth the effort."
released January 1, 1994
George Cartwright - Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone (tracks: 1 to 6, 8, 9, 11)
Anne DeMarinis - Accordion (tracks: 2, 4 to 6)
Jim Spake - Baritone Saxophone – (tracks: 3, 8)
Sue Garner - Bass (tracks: 1 to 6, 8), Vocals (8, 10)
Samm Bennett - Drums (tracks: 1 to 6, 8)
Chris Cochrane - Guitar (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 6)
Myra Melford - Piano (tracks: 7, 9, 10)
Evan Gallagher - Organ (tracks: 1, 2, 4 to 6)
Zeena Parkins - Organ, Accordion (tracks: 3, 8)
Ann Rupel - Vocals (7)
Hahn Rowe - Violin (tracks: 3, 8)
Brad Jones - Bass (9)
E.J. Rodriguez - Drums (9)
Will Rigby - Drums (10)
Tim Lee - Bass (11)
Bruce Golden - Drums (11)
Rand Everett - Guitar (11)
All music composed by George Cartwright.
Lyrics to 7 by Paul Haines, 8 by Chris Cochrane, 10 by Ernest Noyes Brookings.
While a dire fantasia—a nightmare future Earth where only Antarctica remains habitable—looms over these eight instrumentals, Talibam!’s impulse is to throw a spiked Slurpee party at the end of the world. Bandcamp Album of the Day Oct 4, 2017