It's hardly an original approach, but just the same it's quickly insinuated itself into my brain, massaged by various dichotomies, especially the energetic rhythms versus the almost sleepy vocal melodies. When the group dives into one of those sources full-on, the results are less satisfying—on the instrumental "Sunstroke," for example, La Luz seems a whole lot more ordinary. Luckily, that only happens a couple of times on the album; more common are songs like the mesmerizing "Pink Slime," which you can hear below. Here the disparate influences coalesce to make each borrowing more effective, and the terse, quick little "ooh-wah" vocal threaded through the song's verses works because it's so subtle and matter-of-fact.
Harry Taussig, Fate Is Only Twice (Tompkins Square)
Jimmy Giuffre 3, Trav'lin' Light (Atlantic, Japan)
Ike Yard, 1980-82 Collected (Acute)
Cornelius Dufallo, Journaling (Innova)
Jimmy Heath and Brass, Swamp Seed (Riverside/OJC)