Tigress and the U-Fraidees

What a name. “Cradle of civilization” and all this, in… how do you call it? A pun. It’s clever, isn’t it.

I used to hear cats talk about things they didn’t immediately get, like, ‘he’s done got too clever for his own good’, like they were judge, jury and executioner on what somebody else thought to do, you know.

I expect people will say that kind of thing about this music. Well, it ain’t dance music very much, I’ll give you that much. Unless you’re dancing on Mars or some thing.

I’ll have to admit, a whole lot of it was strictly from a mystery until I got to the next-to-last song on it, called Ray Dio Act-IF. Another pun. I don’t mind it, puns, even if it gets kind of corny. It’s just a name, what the hell. Anyways. There is this soprano saxophonist blowing his brains out on this one… which brought to mind Coltrane’s more far out stuff back in the day, or say Archie Shepp. And also calls to mind Ornette, who had his own way of thinking about things, to the point that a whole lot of people say, ‘Poor ol Ornette can’t play’. He didn’t stick to Tea For Two changes, even the souped-up ‘substitute a 7th chord by the chord a flat 5 from it’, way you turn rhythm changes shit into straight chromatic. And he eventually got his ‘harmolodic’ concept, where no body and every body is soloing, sort of. Only, according to what you call a unified purpose.

Well, this thing just seems to go completely outside all of this shit. I’ll tell you, that soprano got me going back over the others, give me a kind of hook as they say in the trade. I began to catch on to some funky bi’ness in some of this, and some melody, some honest-to-god melody. And some damn in-the-pocket rhythm section. I guess the upshot of this, is don’t judge a thing right away in an art form, you know, give it some space.

Space is the place, Sun Ra said it.

I guess the next step is to consider it one piece at a time. Let me look at this blog structure a minute and I’ll get back to you.


~ by ufraidees on March 9, 2010.

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