Composer: Arnold Dreyblatt.
Personnel: Silvia Ocougne (electric guitar); Chico Mello (cimbalom); Dirk Lebahn (bass violin); Jan Schade (cello, tuba, electric bass); Werner Durand (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Paul Brody (trumpet); Uwe Langer (trombone); Pierre Berthet (percussion).
Recording information: Tonstudio Funk, Berlin, Germany (12/1993).
Arnold Dreyblatt's 1995 Tzadik release, Animal Magnetism, includes many juxtaposed sections of repeating, skip-like structures that come off in a simple, lovely way. It is entirely likable with a lilting, pots-and-pans schizophrenia that insists we hear what normally doesn't work, what normally isn't called art. Embedded with quirk-pop elements, the pieces resemble deconstructed dance tunes reflected in a room full of mirrors. Slightly carnival moments, tweaked ska counter rhythms, percussive foregrounds overlying slide effects backgrounds, barely-contained marching band funk -- all these are part of Dreyblatt's musical world. ~ Joslyn Layne