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Kamikaze Ground Crew / Postcards From The Highwire
Album:Postcards From The Highwire Collection:Jazz
Artist:Kamikaze Ground Crew Added:Sep 2007
Label:Busmeat Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2007-10-28 Pull Date:2007-12-30 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Dec 30Dec 23Dec 16Nov 18Nov 11Nov 4

 Recent Airplay
1.Apr 12, 2022:Virtually Happy
4.Dec 28, 2007:No Cover, No Minimum
2.Apr 08, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum
Habanera 3
5.Dec 18, 2007:Crosscurrents
Everybody Is A Star
3.Feb 26, 2011:Music Casserole
Habanera 3, Christopher Columbus
6.Dec 14, 2007:Memory Select
Shotgun Bouquet

Album Review
Reviewed 2007-10-28 
KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW: Postcards from the Highwire
Busmeat, 2007

ODDBALL CHAMBER-JAZZ – Hard to pin down as always, this inventive septet (originally from the Bay Area, now based in NYC) mixes up styles and instrumentation but maintains a warm, lighthearted sense of camaraderie. Neither mainstream nor “out,” this group walks its own path, easily bridging old-school and postmodern jazz ideas.

Fo’s Picks: Disc 1 – 2, 4, 6, 7 Disc 2 – 3, 4, 5, 6


1. 0:10 – bell tones
2. 4:03 – slow spiraling march, simple repeating melody, layered horns… nice
3. 2:06 – slow, romantic latin piano; cinematic horns & perc, enigmatic end
4. 9:38 – popping sax into a cool horn slide, a touch of funk, breakdown, soloists wrestle with insistent riffs, gloopy bounce near the end
5. 2:51 – slouching horn interlude, roams over melancholy tuba
6. 6:21 – classic blues tune: overlapping horns combine into a lowdown lope
7. 4:47 – swing!: tuba craziness into happy riffs and jaunty solos


1. 0:45 – tinkling bells
2. 9:44 – moody piano intro, slow horns speed way up, mellow interlude, builds back into a churning groove, ends as it began
3. 3:57 – Sly Stone tune: Slooow drag at first, perks up to relaxed stroll
4. 12:12 – sneaky groove with bobbing, undulating horns, relaxed sax solo, several murky interludes, trumpet over gliding groove, sparse end
5. 3:42 – Shakespeare as torchy swing ballad; lots of chatter, fades in & out
6. 9:15 – mysterious carnivale atmosphere, surges and slinks; soulful sax solo, haunting accordion, shifts to low drag over reggae beat!

[ Fo ] 28-Oct-07

Track Listing
1.Bells 1 7.Christopher Columbus
2.S'albufera 8.Bells 2
3.Habanera 1 9.Love-Go-Round
4.Shotgun Bouquet 10.Everybody Is A Star
5.Habanera 2 11.Travels-Window-Canvas
6.I'm A Steady Rollin' Man 12.O Mistress Mine
 13.Habanera 3