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Fabulous Drop

  • 1. August
    2. Not Innocent
    3. Blood Meridian
    4. Crazy Feet, Sensible Shoes
    5. Fabulous Drop
    6. Argon
    7. Neither, Baby
    8. Funny Fun
    9. Dog House on the Moon
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 750105

  • Credits
    ProducerGeorge Cartwright

    Personnel: Chris Cochrane, Davey Williams (electric guitar); George Cartwright (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Ann Rupel (electric bass); Kenny Wollesen (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Mike Decapite.
    Recording information: Water Music, Hoboken, NJ.
    Photographer: Daniel Ball.
    Curlew (a longtime fixture at the Knitting Factory in New York) was founded and has been led by saxophonist George Cartwright (who doubles on alto and tenor) since 1979. The version of the group heard on this CD features both Chris Cochrane and Davey Williams on intense yet occasionally humorous guitars. Ann Rupel keeps some of the music funky in an unpredictable way on electric bass while drummer Kenny Wollesen pushes everyone. This is certainly not music for "smooth jazz" radio, bebop purists or listeners who lack a sense of humor. Titles such as "Not Innocent," "Crazy Feet, Sensible Shoes," "Funny Fun" and "Dog House on the Moon" give one the correct impression that the performances are not overly sober, and Micheal DeCapite's liner notes seriously state that he goofed by mastering the music backwards; fortunately not true. Curlew's musicianship is impressive, the nine group originals are concise (only one exceeds 5:35) and the players are not afraid of using melodies, rhythms or conventional harmonies although they often joyfully dispense with the expected in favor of constant chancetaking. A stimulating set. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Option (5-6/98, p.82) - "This superb New York group has maintained such a high level of excellence throughout its career that it's easy to take them for granted...Curlew's brand of adventurous noise should draw more listeners to their side..."
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