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Arnold Dreyblatt: Arnold Dreyblatt: Animal Magnetism

Track List

>Point Rotation, for soprano saxophone, bass violin, cimbalom, electric guitar, cello, trumpet, trombone & percussion
>Next Slide, for tenor saxophone, bass violin, cimbalom, electric guitar, cello, trumpet, trombone & percussion
>Animal Magnetism, for bontempi, electric guitar, electric bass & percussion
>Group Velocity, for tenor saxophone, bass violin, cimbalom, basque string drum, cello, trumpet, trombone & percussion
>Side Band, for cimbalom, electric guitar, cello & percussion
>Flashbulb History, for tenor saxophone, bass violin, cimbalom, electric guitar, tuba, trumpet, trombone & percussion
>Epilogue, for bass violin, electric guitar, tuba, trumpet, trombone & percussion

Album Notes

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



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