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Rucker, Ricci / Fuga
Album:Fuga Collection:Jazz
Artist:Rucker, Ricci Added:05/2005
Label:Alpha Pup Records 

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Add Date:2005-08-07 Pull Date:2005-10-09 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-08-03 
Turntablist jazz. Abrasive abstract sounds and occasional beats coupled with fragments and phrases of cool electric jazz or instrumental solos. Despite the density of sounds, there's an ominous, stark atmosphere; track 3, for example, is supposed to be "jazz from the year 4040." Good stuff.

The gimmick: Ricker "wrote" a song via turntables, then sketched out some chords and melody to go with it. He got real musicians to record those and pressed them to vinyl ... then, for this CD, spun and mixed those vinyl copies. The end result is a well shuffled deck of cards and a very interesting project.

1- Harsh "experimental" clatter and hard beats, interspersed with some meditative jazz/world tones including a nice hand drum and flute break.
2- Thundering drums, then electronic buzzing and tweakiness
3- Sci-fi improv abstraction with flute, cello, and electronics.
4- Slow, calm horns and apocalyptic drums
5- Calm start into drum thunder and trumpet bombast. Chords of doom beneath it all. Gets into crinkly electronics, then sci-fi sounds
6- Latin/funk percussion, juxtaposed w/slow horns. Electronic outro
7- Scrabbly improv stringed instrument, solo. Drums later. Cool but w/distortion.
8- VERY quiet electronics burbles, near-silent for 2+ minutes.
9- Calm; abruptly into metro squabble. Ends quickly.

Track Listing
1.Tension and Release 5.Do You See the Pattern?
2.Harder than Hard, Softer ... 6.I'm Glad You See Now
3.4004 7.Hetytirelasitshiswalalmedmfo
4.Too Fresh for Words 8.We'll Miss You
 9.Life at Once