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Dahlgren, Chris & Lexicon / Mystic Maze
Album:Mystic Maze Collection:Jazz
Artist:Dahlgren, Chris & Lexicon Added:Nov 2010

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-03-20 Pull Date:2011-05-22 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:May 15May 8Apr 24Apr 10Apr 3Mar 27

 Recent Airplay
1.May 13, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum
A Mystic Maze
4.Apr 19, 2011:Child's Play
A Mystic Maze
2.May 10, 2011:Child's Play
A Mystic Maze
5.Apr 04, 2011:Child's Play
A Mystic Maze
3.May 03, 2011:Rebop
Painless Dentistry No. 2
6.Mar 29, 2011:Rebop
Painless Dentistry No. 2

Album Review
Reviewed 2011-03-16 
Amusing jazz that's loungy yet warped, with beatnik spoken parts consisting of old, vicious critiques of Bela Bartok music (dated 1915 to 1928). The slow results fall somewhere between funny and artsy, especially considering the reviews are so vicious. Catchiest tracks feature a jumpy lounge style with lots of drunken, off-balance chords and/or sax (1,3,8). Others are slow and artsy - some short ones could pass as classical parodies (4,10). If you like Claudia Quintet - this doesn't have the same percussion but the melodies ring similarly in my ears.

FCC clean.

1- Cool lounge, quite hip. Upbeat, seasick bouncing melody
2- INST: Modern jazz, coolly handled, nifty drums. Mid/fast.
3- INST: Drunken, spacey swing
4- Artsy chant, almost a high-art parody
5- Dark, tense. Heavy bowed bass.
6- INST: Sinewy, slowish
7- INST: Slow
8- Jazzy, w/warbly soprano sax solo
9- Mid/slow, fairly accessible; narration comes in after 2-3 mins.
10- Classical swingy; narration pauses and lurches. Kinda funny.
11- INST: Mid/slow riffs, pleasant
12- INST: Slow free jazz, lots of tumbling sax, gets rowdy later.

Track Listing
1.A Mystic Maze 7.Mesto
2.Repetition Unit 1 8.Painless Dentistry No. 2
3.Painless Dentistry No. 1 9.The Composer Promenading The Keyboard In His Boots
4.Great Desires Of The Modernists 10.Bitter Champagne
5.Reminiscences On The Fourth Quartet Of Béla Bartók 11.Repetition Unit 2
6.It Was As If Two People Were Improvising Against Each Other 12.Painless Dentistry No. 3