Minasi, Dom / Vampire's Revenge, The
Album: Vampire's Revenge, The   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Minasi, Dom   Added:Mar 2006
Label:Cdm Records  

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Add Date: 2006-04-02 Pull Date: 2006-06-04 Charts: Jazz
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Recent Airplay
1. Oct 31, 2008: Memory Select
The Vampire's Revenge
4. May 19, 2006: Rock in a Position: I'll punch a donkey in the streets of Galway
The Vampire's Revenge
2. May 30, 2006: Umami Jazz Program
The Dark Side
5. May 12, 2006: Memory Select
The Vampire's Revenge
3. May 19, 2006: Memory Select
The Seduction
6. Apr 28, 2006: Memory Select
Who's Your Dentist?

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-04-13
Free-jazz pieces linked by an Anne Rice/vampire theme, with an avant-chamber feel overall. Minasi's previous CDs have featured jazz-standards work with the occasional "out" touch on his guitar; this one goes all the way with oddball composing and long improv jams, featuring some of the NYC avant-jazz elite. Look for lots of nutty sax interludes and orchestra-tuning-up jamming.

He's assembled quite the band here -- look for avant-jazz all-star names like Matthew Shipp, Joe McPhee, Mark Whitecage, Sabir Mateen, Herb Robertson, etc.etc.etc. The large-ensemble tracks (3,4,7,11) use a conductor.

Tracks are meant to be mostly upbeat, playful, and even funny, so don't come in expecting dark gothy vampire atmosphere. There's a mix of small-group pieces and large-group ones. Tracks are long; inevitably, each contains fast and slow patches, but they're overall energetic.

1- Playful chamber quartet, sparse but fast. Ends in a fast blur.
2- Slow chamber feel into improv squiggles. Gets ferocious.
3- With crazy woman schreeching "One more." Later, gets into a rolling mid/fast composition, nice but eerie
4- Grand, melodramatic, dissonant. Includes cello/bass improv and, later, a shredding fast jazz-guitar solo.
5- Matthew Shipp piano, both jazzy and dark/heavy. Has its slow spots but gets into a crashing mood
6- Cartoony march w/fem. vocal, into crazy sax play & drum solo

7- Upbeat, softly bouncing, into fast pointillistic improv w/guitar and piano.
8- Lurching mid/fast theme, into large-scale improv brawl
9- Melodramatic narrative (a bit corny) over spirited improv
10- Fast scrabble, and a quiet melody, before a towering fast sax solo

Track Listing
1. The Seduction   6. The First Day
2. Who's Your Dentist?   7. Blood Lust
3. Just One More Bite   8. The Hunt
4. The Transformation   9. Where You Gonna Go? Where You Gonna Hide?
5. The Dark Side   10. The Vampire's Revenge