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Mcauley, Jim / Ultimate Frog, The
Album:Ultimate Frog, The Collection:Jazz
Artist:Mcauley, Jim Added:01/2009
Label:Drip Audio 

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Add Date:2009-04-12 Pull Date:2009-06-14 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
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Reviewed 2009-04-10 
Duets of McAuley's acoustic guitar (sometimes dobro) with: violin (the legendary Leroy Jenkins), bass (Ken Filiano), drums (Alex Cline), or Other Guitar (Nels Cline!!!). Lots of quiet near-jazz picking, and lots of "off"-sounding microtones from Jenkins on violin.

Some pieces have a pretty and lyrical sheen overall but don't sit in a purely happy place; there's always a tinge of darkness or dread lurking in there. A few get outright abstract.

DISK ONE
1- Dissonant, with strongly sour-toned violin.
2- Cascading acoustic guitar, a bit sad.
3- A touch of country twang. Tight, tense plucking verging on Derek Bailey
4- Gongs: Slow, shimmering, majestic.
5- Violin: Curious pecking, then some scribbly bowing. Fast but sparse.
6- Fast scrappy improv. (w/bass)
7- Mid/fast, a placid mystical air. Pretty. Strong melody at the end.
8- Twangy, folky violin. Gets chaotic and scribbly.
9- Dissonant. Dark but with moments of serene folkiness.
10- Clattering guitar duet.
11- Clashing, w/drum kit
12- Guitars: Gentle, shimmering, lyrical, quite nice.

DISK TWO
13- Mid/fast guitars, between blues and new age. Nice.
14- Violin: Quiet start, gets scrapy and scribbly and loud
15- Slow and airy
16- Fast but relatively low-key. w/bass.
17- Violin: Almost romantic.
18- Cool woodblock percussion, placid desert-Western guitar. Catchy riff later.
19- Guitar/dobro: dense, tangly, with some lone bashed chords.
20- Fast, upbeat, exhiliarating. Touches of quieter King Crimson c.1981. w/drums.
21- Near-droney, like an engine warming up. w/violin
22- Fast fingerwork on guitars, almost classical
23- Jangly, darkly twangy, good rhythm. w/bass
24- A pretty and sad piece, lovely. Solo guitar plus rain sounds.

Track Listing
1.Improvisation #12 13.Jump Start
2.Nika's Love Ballad 14.Improvisation #9
3.Improvisation #5 15.Bullfrogs And Fireflies
4.November Night 16.Successive Approximations
5.Improvisation #1 17.Improvisation #11
6.Escape Tones 18.Five'll Get Ya Ten
7.A Ditty For N.C. 19.Work With Warp
8.Improvisation #6 20.No Snare!
9.The Zone Of Avoidance 21.Improvisation #10
10.Froggy's Midnight Twanger 22.Angie Moreli Truly Confesses
11.Huddle's Riff 23.Okie Dokie
12.Il Pocellino 24.For Rod Poole