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Steve Hymer The whole album sizzles. Great jazz fusion. The band members have changed over the years; but the music and musicianship remains top notch. Buy it!! Favorite track: Funny Money.
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Still 03:36
Funny Money 06:24
Leaven 04:06
Call 03:08
Ludlow 04:10
Still Still 03:39
Song of New 07:12


In the words of Option, "Curlew is the best and most obstinately committed band to emerge from New York's Knitting Factory-based alternative music scene...".

Curlew was formed in 1979 by George Cartwright, the group's leader, saxophonist, and main composer. Cartwright's compositions are at once direct and mysterious, possessing a clarity and focus that show both Ellington and Ornette assimilated in a most unique way.

Curlew somehow manage to combine r’n’b swagger and groove with free jazz and wild soloing into a whole that is immediately identifiable as nothing other than Curlew! Curlew are well known and well respected for almost 25 years of exciting work. Mercury is their 10th release; may they rock for another 25!

"As a unit Curlew is focused and structured...(they are) a finely tuned machine with a sparkling identity."
– All About Jazz


released September 16, 2003

George Cartwright : saxophones
Chris Paarker : electric keyboards and piano
Dean Granos : guitar
Fred Chalenor : bass
Bruce Golden : drums

Recorded and mixed at The Terranium Studios, Minneapolis, MN by Jason Orris.


Curlew albums available on Bandcamp:

- cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-beautiful-western-saddle-2

- cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/mercury

- cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/north-america

- cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/meet-the-curlews

- cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/fabulous-drop

- cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/paradise

- cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/bee

- cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-berlin


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Cuneiform Records is an independent record label releasing adventurous, boundary-bursting music by artists from around the world.

Founded in 1984.
Based in Washington D.C.

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